The Lakewood boys basketball team took on the Marysville Getchell Chargers for their first home matchup of the season on Dec. 6.
The Chargers and Cougars set a tone early on as they began to play physical on both ends of the court. Lakewood set the pace on their home court, pushing the ball up the court with speed and attacking with space. Each team went back and forth as the first quarter ended with Marysville Getchell leading 16-15. The rest of the first half was more of the same as both teams played tough and refused to let a big lead develop. The Cougars managed to outscore the Chargers 16-14 to secure the 31-30 lead going into halftime.
Coming out in the second half, Lakewood continued to hold off Marysville Getchell as they stayed strong on defense to only allow 12 points in the third quarter. The Cougars managed to stay on pace on the offensive end as they extended their lead with 17 points in the quarter, 48-42. Lakewood continued to hold off the Chargers until there was 2:26 left in the game, where Marysville Getchell hit a three to claim a 61-60 lead. With a minute left in the game the Cougars tied it up at 61-61, but the Chargers pulled away over the last minute with a 5-0 run to secure the 66-61 victory.
“I think we came out and played fairly well, but Marysville was ready to match our intensity from the beginning. The goal for me was to put us in tough games early on in the season so we are ready when we get into league play. I just want to be prepared for league and then be able to play tough in the postseason,” said Lakewood Head Coach Anthony Wiederkehr II.
The Cougars seniors Alex Jensen, Morgan Stacey and Jared Taylor stepped up in the matchup. Jensen, guard, led the team with 21 points, two three-pointers, two assists, four rebounds and one steal. Stacey, forward, play inside and out with 13 points, two three-pointers, three assists, 12 rebounds and one block. Taylor, guard, put up six points with four rebounds and one steal.
Alongside the seniors, junior guard Shae Dixon and sophomore center Andrew Molloy contributed heavily. Dixon put up 10 points, four rebounds and one steal while Molloy had seven points and six rebounds.
“What a battle. It was a really good physical game and it felt like a playoff style basketball game which is a good way to start the year. It could have gone either way, so I’m proud of our guys for stepping up and making plays to close it out,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Corby Schuh.
Marysville Getchell’s duo of junior guards Malakhi Knight and Josiah Koellmer dominated their matchups from start to finish. Knight put up a game-high 29 points and filled the stat sheet with two three-pointers, two assists, 12 rebounds, two steals and a block. Koellmer got on the scoreboard for his fair share of points with 20 along with two three-pointers, three assists, three rebounds and one steal.
Alongside the high-scoring duo Alex Owens, Will Dunn and Cole Norton put in their own work. Owens, junior guard, was the next highest scorer with seven points, one assist, four rebounds, two steals and a block. Dunn, senior forward, scored six points with five rebounds, one steal and a block. Norton, junior guard, only tallied two points but also added on an assist and four rebounds.
The Cougars next home game of the season will be against the Kings Knights on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:15 p.m. If you want to check out the Chargers, their next home game will be on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7:15 p.m. against the Cedarcrest Red Wolves.