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Malakhi Knight, Chargers’ sophomore captain, takes the contact from the Knights’ defense and scores from in close at Marysville Getchell High School on Dec. 5.

 

The Marysville Getchell boys basketball team got off to a strong start to the season as they hosted the Kamiak Knights on Dec. 5.

The Chargers started off the game in dominating fashion as they rattled off a 7-0 run over the Knights. After the run, Kamiak started to battle back slowly and closed out the first quarter down by four, 14-10. Heading into the second quarter the Knights began to catch fire from beyond the arc and locked down Marysville Getchell on the defensive end. Kamiak outscored the Chargers 16-8 in the quarter and entered halftime up 26-22.

Coming out of the half, Marysville Getchell went on another incredible run as they outscored Kamiak 13-2. The Knights managed to fight back before the end of the quarter but still trailed 42-36. In the final quarter both teams stood tall on the defensive end from start to finish. The game came down to a one-point lead in the last few seconds, and the Chargers held on to the victory over the Knights by a score of 53-52.

“It feels outstanding to come out here and get a win in our first game. The guys have been working their tails off and you could see all their hard work in how they played. We got off to a hot start and then later they had to find a way to close out the game, it was fun,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Corby Schuh.

Marysville Getchell’s sophomore backcourt duo of Malakhi Knight and Josiah Koellmer had a strong start to the season. Knight, team captain, led the team with a game-high 19 points, with one three-pointer, one assist, five rebounds, four steals and one block. Koellmer showed out in his first start at point guard with nine points, one three-pointer, four assists, four rebounds and one steal.

The Chargers’ seniors Caleb Koellmer and Matt Thomas played a key role in the win over Kamiak.  Koellmer, team captain, scored nine points, with a game-high three shots made beyond the arc, four assists, three rebounds and one steal. Thomas took control in the paint as he scored the second-most points on the team, 10, as well as grabbing eight rebounds and one steal.

If you want to come out and cheer on the Chargers their next home game will against the Shorecrest Scots on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7:15 p.m.

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