The Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team opened up their season on their home court as they matched up with the Jackson Timberwolves on Dec. 11.
The Timberwolves came out and controlled the game early as they played tough defense and kept the Tomahawks outside of the paint. Marysville-Pilchuck trailed throughout the first half of the quarter but started to find their groove late as they started to come back in the final few possessions. With under a minute left the Tomahawks trailed 18-13, but hit a buzzer beating shot from beyond the arc to enter the second quarter 18-16.
Jackson started the second quarter on a 4-0 run to extend their lead, 22-16, as the Tomahawks were forced to call their first time out of the game. Following the time out, Marysville-Pilchuck got red hot as they went on a 9-4 run to establish a 25-22 lead with 3:36 remaining. Through the rest of the half both teams played physical defense and earned their shots at the line, as the Tomahawks led 32-30 at half.
In the third quarter both teams had their runs as Marysville-Pilchuck opened up on a 10-7 run and the Timberwolves responded with a 7-5 run to end the quarter. Entering the fourth quarter, the Tomahawks held a 47-44 lead, but quickly widened the gap with an 8-1 run to lead 55-45 with 4:24 remaining in the game. Over the last few minutes Marysville-Pilchuck was able to hold off the Timberwolves as they went bucket for bucket and started their season with a 67-58 victory.
“Jackson is a really good team and it’s fun to beat good teams. We made some adjustments at halftime and credit goes to our guys on executing the counters in the second half. A huge part of our success is going to come from our balance because we have so many guys that can come out and lead the team on any given night,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould.
Marysville-Pilchuck’s senior forwards led the way behind Cameron Stordahl, Aaron Kalab and Ethan Jackson. Stordahl led all players with 28 points and secured the double-double with 12 rebounds as well as tallying five three-pointers, two assists and two steals. Kalab was the second leading scorer for the team with 11 points, two rebounds and one assist. Jackson was the final double-digit scorer with 10 points, three rebounds, four assists and one steal.
The Tomahawk senior guards put in work of their own with starters Luke Dobler and Brady Phelps, as well as Treven Southard coming off the bench. Dobler only had five points but made his mark distributing with 10 assists and four rebounds. Phelps made his mark on the defensive end while also scoring eight points, two three-pointers, four rebounds and three steals. Southard provided a spark off the bench as he scored five points, one three-pointer, two rebounds and two blocks.
Your next chance to cheer for the Tomahawks at home will be against the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7:15 p.m.