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Oak Harbor defeats M-PHS, 55-48

 

Andrew Hines

M-P's Raequan Battle powers through two Oak Harbor defenders for the close range bucket at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Feb. 3.

On Friday night, Feb. 3, the Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team matched up with the winless Oak Harbor Wildcats.

Through the first quarter both teams appeared sluggish as the willingness to flash toward the rim wasn't there. During the slow start both teams tied it up, 12-12.

The second quarter started off in an unusual way as the Tomahawks received two back-to-back technical fouls, sending the Wildcats to the line for four points. After this the Tomahawks seemed discouraged and distracted as Oak Harbor rattled off an electric quarter, outscoring Marysville-Pilchuck 23-6, for a halftime score of 34-18.

Marysville-Pilchuck came out of the halftime break looking to turn it around. Through the second half they battled for every point they earned and never said die. They came close at the end of the fourth when it came down to a five point deficit with under a minute to go. However, the Tomahawks couldn't finish off the comeback as Oak Harbor grabbed their first league win with a score of 55-48.

Andrew Hines

Josiah Gould brings the ball up for the Tomahawks against the Wildcats at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Feb. 3.

"Playing with energy and fighting is going to be a catalyst for our success. We play Mount Lake Terrace on Monday and then we head into the postseason. We are fortunate to be able to be in that position, but we need to take care of business. You want to play your best basketball at the end of the season and right now we aren't. We have a few things to figure out in practice tomorrow and then we'll head to Mountlake on Monday and see where the chips fall," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould.

Raequan Battle dominated once again as he led both teams with a game high 24 points. He dominated on the defensive side as well blocking a few shots and altering a lot more.

The guard duo of Luke Dobler and Josiah Gould combined for a total of 19 points. Unfortunately, with the combined efforts of Marysville's big three, they couldn't pull it out at the very end.

Marysville-Pilchuck's next game will be in the District round of the playoffs. They are slated to be held at Jackson High School from Feb. 9 – Feb. 18.

 

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