The Marysville Getchell boys basketball team hosted their first league game after the winter break as they took on the Mountlake Terrace Hawks on Jan. 3.
Mountlake Terrace drew fouls early and got off to a 4-0 lead within the first few minutes of the game. The Chargers began to deny the Hawks in the paint and forced them to shoot from the perimeter as they bounced back. Throughout the rest of the first quarter they went on a 12-6 run to establish a 12-10 lead.
In the second quarter both teams slowed down the pace as defense became the primary focus on both ends of the court. They went back and forth as they traded buckets on their way to a 10-9 quarter, where Marysville Getchell entered halftime up 22-19.
The Hawks came out in the second half and forced the Chargers to take a time out after rattling off a 7-0 run over the first four minutes, leading 26-22. After the time out, Marysville Getchell began to battle back but still couldn’t close the gap as Mountlake Terrace entered the fourth up 34-28. Over the final quarter both teams had their runs, but the Chargers couldn’t shut down the Hawks’ size inside as they lost 49-42.
“Our guys came to play, and they played really hard. It was good to see that our guys never backed down and we just couldn’t hit some shots late against a really good team. I want us to keep playing like we did tonight, showing passion and playing with heart. As long as we bring that every single night, we’ll be fine,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Corby Schuh.
Malakhi Knight, junior guard and captain, stood out for the Chargers as he kept them in the game on both ends of the floor. Knight finished with a game-high 23 points with two three-pointers and a perfect six for six at the line. He also had two assists, 13 rebounds, one block and four steals.
Other key players for Marysville Getchell were Will Dunn, Alex Owens, Josiah Koellmer and Cole Norton. Dunn, senior forward and captain, put up seven points, two assists, one rebound and one steal. Owens, junior guard, led the team in assists with three, four points, one three-pointer, one rebound and a steal. Koellmer, junior guard, used his speed to find openings but failed to convert as he finished with three points and an assist. Norton, junior guard, played inside and out as he finished with two points, one assist and five rebounds.
Your next chance to support the Chargers at home will be against the Lynnwood Royals on Friday, Jan. 10, at 7:15 p.m.