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Tomahawks battle for victory over Warriors

 

December 20, 2017 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Senior captain Josiah Gould uses his ball skills to work his way around the Warriors defender at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Dec. 12.

The Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team opened up league play with a matchup against the undefeated Edmonds-Woodway Warriors on Dec. 12.

From tip-off, both teams came out with impressive defensive stops as the Warriors earned a small lead of 5-4, halfway through the first quarter. After battling back and forth, the Tomahawks started to get in their groove as they went on a 13-0 run and ended the first quarter up 18-5. The second quarter was far from a defensive battle as both teams started to blow up on the offensive side of the ball. Marysville-Pilchuck put up an impressive 20 points while Edmonds-Woodway stayed close with 17, ultimately going into halftime with a score of 38-22.

Coming out of halftime the Warriors looked to claw their way back into the game as they drew fouls and put together multiple defensive stands. After outscoring the Tomahawks, 16-4, the matchup became a battle once again as Edmonds-Woodway went into the fourth quarter trailing 42-38.

Throughout the final quarter both teams went shot for shot, neither team being able to pull away, as Marysville-Pilchuck led by 58-53 with 1:34 left on the clock. The Tomahawks pulled together late as they went on a 6-2 run in the final minute in order to secure the win, 64-55.

"It's a team sport and we have guys that are role players who really step up, and that's what makes you successful. Obviously, it is really special to have some elite players, but it's a whole team that wins games," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould.

Raequan Battle absolutely dominated throughout the game for the Tomahawks as he recorded a double-double, with game-highs, 30 points and 11 rebounds. Battle also added on two assists, one steal and two blocks.

Andrew Hines

Junior captain Raequan Battle gets up for the floater in the paint against Edmonds-Woodway at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Dec. 12.

The guard duo of Josiah Gould and Luke Dobler also left their impact on the game. Gould dealt with severe cramping issues throughout but still managed to put up eight points, five assists, one rebound and a game-high five steals. Dobler was the second leading scorer for the Tomahawks as he scored 12 points to go along with three assists, five rebounds and one steal.

"I've prepared for these moments my whole life and I've grown a lot since my freshman year last season. I'm a lot bigger and personally I feel like I'm playing a lot better. I've taken a bigger leadership role and I have to be that leader even when it gets uncomfortable," said Tomahawk sophomore captain Luke Dobler.

If you want to come out and support the Tomahawks, their next home game will be against the Shorewood Thunderbirds on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7:15 p.m.

 

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