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Tomahawks fall to Mt. Spokane 72-67

 

February 28, 2018 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Tomahawk senior captain Josiah Gould looks up at the clock as he begins to run the last play of the first half at North Creek High School on Feb. 24.

The Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team faced the Mt. Spokane Wildcats in the Regionals for the State Tournament on Feb. 24.

The Tomahawks entered the tournament on fire as they had just won the District Championship a week before. However, the Wildcats took the momentum from them early as they started the game with a 9-2 run. By hitting from outside and inside the Tomahawks clawed their way back from the early deficit, going on a 15-9 run to close out the first quarter, 18-17.

In the second quarter, Marysville-Pilchuck made it a point to attack the paint and draw fouls. By getting to the line they were able to slow down the Wildcats and match them shot for shot. Going into halftime the scoreboard was all tied up at 33-33.

The second half started like the first as Mt. Spokane put together an early run to put the Tomahawks back on their heels. Marysville-Pilchuck began to match the Wildcats and kept themselves close as they put together a run late in the quarter. The Wildcats managed to hold on to a slight lead, 51-49.

The final quarter was back and forth the entire way as neither team managed to get a comfortable lead. It all came down to the final few possessions as the Wildcats led by two points, 64-62 with 1:03 remaining. The Tomahawks got their shot with 7.5 seconds remaining as they closed the gap 68-67. However, the Wildcats managed to secure the win with free throws as they won 72-67.

"Mt. Spokane was really physical and we were able to toughen up and start fighting fire with fire. They're used to playing that type of basketball and we aren't. We were able to adapt and it turned out to be a great battle," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould.

Andrew Hines

Kobe Baumann gets behind the Mt. Spokane defense as he scores for the Tomahawks in the second quarter at North Creek High School on Feb. 24.

Raequan Battle and Josiah Gould controlled the game for Tomahawks from beginning to end. Battle led all scorers with 30 points as he hit four shots from beyond the arc, grabbed eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Senior captain Gould scored 14 points, hitting one three, a game-high seven assists, three rebounds and a steal.

"Josiah's a great kid and he's learned so much from the game and his teammates. This is real life and this stings, but in the end it's just a basketball game. He's going to go on and achieve great things because of what basketball and commitment have taught him," said Coach Gould.

Luke Dobler and Kobe Baumann contributed on both sides of the court as well. Dobler scored eight points, two shots from deep, as well as three assists, a rebound and two steals. Baumann, senior forward scored nine points of his own and added on two assists and two rebounds.

With the loss the Tomahawks season is over as they finished 19-5. They lose four seniors off their roster but will return almost their entire varsity lineup. With such a young team with success they will look to make a splash in the State Tournament next season.

 

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