The Marysville Getchell boys basketball team travelled to face the Everett Seagulls as they battled to work their way up the Wesco 3A standings on Jan 24.
From the tip-off both teams went back and forth, trying to find the holes in each other’s game. The Seagulls hit the first three-pointer and the Chargers answered back with two shots from in close as Everett called the first time out down 4-3. Over the next few minutes they continued to battle as they found themselves tied at 10-10 with two minutes to go. Over the final two minutes of the quarter Marysville Getchell took off on a 9-0 run to end the quarter with a 19-10 lead.
To open the second quarter the Chargers continued to pull ahead with a 4-0 run to lead 23-10 as the Seagulls called another time out. Over the remainder of the quarter Everett began to outhustle and outrebound Marysville Getchell to produce second-chance opportunities. With their hard work in the paint, the Seagulls went on a 15-7 run to bring themselves closer to the Chargers as they entered halftime down 30-25.
In the third quarter both teams struggled on the defensive end as the offense came out firing everything they had. Each team was able to put together their runs but neither one was able to pull away with a significant lead. The Chargers were able to barely outscore the Seagulls in the quarter, 20-18, as they entered the final quarter 50-43. Over the first four minutes of the fourth quarter Marysville Getchell battled in the paint and moved the ball around to find open lanes on their way to a 9-4 run. With a 12 point lead, 59-47, in the last few minutes of the game the Chargers kept Everett at bay and continued to roll. In the end, Marysville Getchell took the victory 69-50.
“They started outrebounding us at the end of the first half, but I’m glad about how we came out in the second half and fought back to close the game out. We’ve been stressing it on them that we have size and we should be able to win the battle on the boards, and they responded,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Corby Schuh.
Marysville Getchell was led by their high-powered junior guard duo of Malakhi Knight and Josiah Koellmer. Knight led the team in points, three-pointers and rebounds as he finished with 29 points, seven three-pointers, three assists, nine rebounds and one block. Koellmer used his speed and shooting to drop 18 points, four three-pointers, four assists, two rebounds and one steal.
The Chargers’ juniors Cole Norton, Alex Owens and Landyn Olson filled out the rest of the starting unit. Norton filled the stat sheet with six points, one three-pointer, two assists, three rebounds and one block. Owens was only able to tally two points but added on three assists, four rebounds and one block. Olson played hard down low as he grabbed five rebounds, scored four points and dished two assists.
Senior forward Will Dunn and junior forward Austin Townsend provided a spark off the bench. Dunn scored six points in limited minutes with two assists, four rebounds and two steals. Townsend came in to use his height and fight for rebounds as he had five rebounds and scored four points.
“We’re going to keep working hard and we are looking to win every single game we play. This group is hungry, they’re playing hard and they are coming in with the mindset that we are going to beat whoever we play. It’s great to watch and it’s fun to coach,” said Coach Schuh.
The Chargers next home game will be against the currently undefeated Stanwood Spartans on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7:15 p.m.