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Tomahawks defeat Eagles 61-49

 

February 21, 2018 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Luke Dobler, Tomahawk sophomore guard, sizes up the Eagles' defense as he looks for an opening on Feb. 14.

The Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team took on the Arlington Eagles at Jackson High School for the second round of the 3A District Tournament on Feb. 14.

Both teams fought back and forth early on as the Tomahawks shot from beyond the arc and the Eagles took shots in the paint. With a couple of late threes Marysville-Pilchuck pulled ahead 11-7 to finish out the first quarter.

The rest of the first half was more of the same as Arlington used their strength to battle inside and score from in close. The Tomahawks maintained their barrage from deep and outscored the Eagles 16-12 in order to enter halftime up 27-19.

In the beginning of the second half the Eagles started to make a comeback with aggressive defense and fundamental offense. Scoring from all over the floor, and in transition, Arlington closed the gap as they entered the fourth quarter down 39-35.

In the fourth, the Tomahawks managed to shift back the momentum and break away from Arlington defense. They seemed to not miss from deep and drew early fouls in order to send themselves to the line. In the end, Marysville-Pilchuck was able to go on a run and secure the 61-49 victory.

"We always talk about how basketball is a game of runs. We struggled at points, but in general we just tried to stay consistent and get our sparks where we could," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould.

The Tomahawks big three of Josiah Gould, Raequan Battle and Luke Dobler took control of the game. Gould dished out a game-high five assists, seven points, three rebounds and three steals. Battle had the game-high in blocks with two as well as scoring 15 points, six rebounds and two steals. Dobler led the game in scoring with 22, an assist, eight rebounds and two steals.

Andrew Hines

Eagles' Anthony Whitis brings the ball up the court against the Tomahawks at Jackson High School on Feb. 14.

"We just want to play basketball and make sure we are comfortable. I'm really proud of my guys and I have seen incredible improvement, but we've got some growing up to do," said Arlington Head Coach Nick Brown.

Arlington was led by three of their own players including Jaren Cary, Griffen Gardoski and Ayodele Aribibola. Cary dropped nine points four assists, five rebounds, a block and two steals. Gardoski blew up in the fourth quarter as he scored 12 points, three assists, six rebounds and two steals. Aribibola played consistent the entire game as he led the team with 15 points while grabbing four rebounds and two assists.

Both teams made it into the State Tournament as the Eagles secured a third-place finish in Districts and the Tomahawks took home the District Championship. The Eagles will play the Prairie Falcons at Battle Ground High School on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. The Tomahawks will matchup with the Mt. Spokane Wildcats at North Creek High School, on the same day and time.

 

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