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Everett tops M-PHS at District tourney

 

Andrew Hines

photo BY Andrew Hines Josiah Gould sizes up his defender as he brings the ball down the court for the Tomahawks at Everett High School on Feb. 15.

The Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team visited the Everett Seagulls in an elimination game for the District Tournament on Feb. 15.

From tip-off the Seagulls used their size and strength to push around the Tomahawks down low. With their dominant scoring from the post, and the Tomahawks shots not falling, Everett came out on top in the first quarter, 18-8.

Throughout the rest of the game Marysville-Pilchuck tried to battle back, pulling off a 16-7 run in the third quarter. However, the Seagulls never gave up the lead and closed out the game with a final score of 64-52.

"At some level you just have to be tough. We are young and small, but at some point you have to stop using that excuse. They have a lot of experience at this point in the season and this was the last game potentially, so they came out and proved they wanted to be here. Unfortunately, we fell a little bit short," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould.

Andrew Hines

Marysville-Pilchuck's Raequan Battle goes up above defenders for the quick two points at Everett High School on Feb. 15.

Josiah Gould took over for Marysville-Pilchuck as the shots weren't falling for the Tomahawk's usual leader, Raequan Battle. Gould hit from all over the court as he dropped 22 points, six from midrange, three from beyond the arc and one free throw.

Even with an off game Battle still had the second most points on the team. He finished with 13 points and managed to still play effectively on limited minutes due to foul trouble.

"It's super exciting to have basically everyone back. They know everything that we do and we will hit the ground running next season. These guys are hungry and want to work to better their career. Obviously, you want to keep playing right now but we are very optimistic looking at next year," said Coach Gould.

With only one senior on the roster the Tomahawks are looking to reload and come back next year more developed. Coach Gould seems positive that with another year of development this team can make leaps and bounds in the coming season.

 

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