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Chargers’ junior guard Malakhi Knight fights through the defense against the Wilson Rams in the first round of the 3A Boys State Tournament at the Tacoma Dome on March 4.

 

The Marysville Getchell boys basketball team took on the challenge of the second-seeded Wilson Rams in the first round of the 2020 WIAA Hardwood Classic 3A Boys State Championship, on March 4.

The Rams came into the game using their size to control the boards and force the Chargers to take outside shots. As Marysville Getchell struggled from beyond the arc, Wilson began to generate a lead on a 10-3 run. They continued to control the quarter as they worked the midrange on the way to a 16-6 lead entering the second.

Through the rest of the first half the Rams continued to dominate inside while the Chargers struggled to hit their shots from outside the paint. Marysville Getchell went to the three-point shot as they tried to fight their way back but couldn’t hit, as they finished the first half going one-for-11. Wilson outscored the Chargers 23-8 and extended their lead entering halftime, up 39-14.

In the second half, Marysville Getchell began to fight back and matched the Rams on both ends of the court. Throughout the third the Chargers started to hit their shots and forced Wilson to take their shots outside of the paint. The Rams barely took the quarter as they outscored Marysville Getchell 18-16. In the final quarter, the Chargers never let go of their fight as they outscored Wilson 22-16. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as they lost the game by a final score of 73-52.

“I think we just had a tough time making some shots and putting the ball in the hole. We talked in the locker room about how we’ve been fighting back all year, and it was good to see them come out and fight till the end,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Corby Schuh.

The Chargers were led by their junior guard duo of Malakhi Knight and Josiah Koellmer. Knight had an explosive game as he went off for 29 points with four three-pointers and a perfect four-for-four at the line. He also filled the stat sheet with two rebounds, three assists, one block and three steals. Koellmer had a tough day shooting but still finished with 14 points, six rebounds and two assists.

Other big contributors alongside the leading guards were juniors Landyn Olson, Cole Norton, Austin Townsend and Alex Owens. Olson, forward, was unable to get on the scoreboard but led the team in rebounds with seven and had one assist. Norton, forward, used his length in the paint as he had five rebounds and a game-high two blocks. Townsend, forward, was unable to get into a groove on offense but still had two rebounds, two assists and one steal. Owens, guard, came off the bench and made the most of it with five points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

“Our goal at the beginning of the year was to get here. Of the eight guys in the rotation we return six of them next year so we will be looking to get back and take some games. Now we know what to expect and they’ll have a whole year to get ready to do some damage. It’s not going to be easy but I’m hoping this motivates them,” said Coach Schuh.

After losing in the first round of the State Tournament the Chargers finish as a top-12 team with an overall season record of 17-9. 

 

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