The Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team hosted the Shorecrest Scots in the first round of the 3A District 1 Basketball Tournament, on Feb. 13.
It did not take long for the Tomahawks to show why they were the favorite to win as they opened up the game on an 8-0 run. They continued to dominate and forced the Scots to take a timeout near the end of the first quarter, with Marysville-Pilchuck leading 13-4. The Tomahawks closed out the quarter up 16-6 and extended their lead in the second quarter with great ball movement and superior athleticism. At halftime Marysville-Pilchuck held the strong lead by a score of 27-13.
Both teams came out knocking down shots in the third quarter as the Tomahawks almost doubled their score, dropping 20, and the Scots kept the lead from extending by scoring 18 of their own. Marysville-Pilchuck began to slow the game down in the final quarter as they looked to minimize mistakes and ride their lead to a victory. In the end, the Tomahawks closed out the game winning 64-42.
“The entire team is so unselfish, and when you have a guy like RaeQuan he draws so much attention and he is able to kick it out to wide open guys. They’re all such good kids, they play as a team and it’s so much fun to coach them. Every coach runs great stuff and I motivate them as best as I can, but at the end of the day all the credit goes to them,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould.
The Tomahawks were led by their junior duo of Luke Dobler and Cameron Stordahl. Dobler, point guard, tied for the game-high in points with 22, as well as hitting four shots from beyond the arc. Besides his scoring ability he was also able to add on four assists and one rebound. Stordahl, small forward, scored 22 points as well, and controlled the paint as he had eight rebounds, two blocks and an assist.
Marysville-Pilchuck had incredible ball movement and the ability for everyone to contribute without being the main scorers was evident in RaeQuan Battle and Ethan Jackson. Battle, combo guard/wing, scored nine points with one three-pointer, five assists, one steal and a game-high 10 rebounds. Jackson, center, put up five points while dishing out two assists and grabbing eight boards.
After the Tomahawks win over the Scots, they went on to win in the next two rounds against the Stanwood Spartans, 80-50, and the Arlington Eagles, 65-47. Marysville-Pilchuck secured the District Championship and their next game will be on Friday, Feb. 22, as they compete in the Regionals.