A senior-laden Marysville Getchell boys basketball team came up with a decisive victory June 4 against their crosstown rival Marysville-Pilchuck.
In the end, the Chargers more than doubled up the Tomahawks on the score-board winning 75-37.
“They wanted that game really bad,” Marysville Getchell head coach Corby Schuh said of the team that has eight seniors on it.
He said his team wanted to play “in-your-face defense” and put a lot of pressure on a younger Tomahawk team. He added the players executed the game plan and played good basketball.
Marysville-Pilchuck head coach Bary Gould complimented the Chargers and their performance Friday night.
“Marysville Getchell had a really strong game. They have a lot of great players,” Gould said.
Schuh also highlighted the efforts of his players.
“Malakhi Knight had an unbelievable night and he’s an unbelievable basketball player,” Schuh said of the senior who scored 26 points and had 10 rebounds.
In addition, Schuh mentioned the efforts of Josiah Koellmer at point guard who had 24 points.
He also complimented the defensive efforts of Cole Norton, Aiden Verdugo and Landyn Olson, who are all seniors.
In addition, fellow seniors Alex Owens had 10 points and Austin Townsend had 12 points.
Gould said Tomahawk freshman point guard Anthony Najera played with poise during Friday’s game. He had 11 points while teammate Tommy Nguyen had 10 points.
Prior to the June 4 game, Marysville-Pilchuck defeated their crosstown rivals 14 consecutive games Schuh said.
In 2020 Marysville-Pilchuck graduated 10 seniors from a team that appeared in the state tournament and had won three consecutive district titles.
“We’re super proud of our guys,” Gould said of the current team. “You have to take your lumps sometimes as a younger team.”
He added the players worked really hard during a shortened six-week season.
Schuh talked about the camaraderie the Chargers basketball team displayed.
“They love each other,” Schuh said. “They have a brotherhood you don’t see too often.”
The Chargers started the basketball season slow because several players were competing on spring sports teams, Schuh said. Spring sports took place before the winter sports season.
“It took them a little while to get going,” Schuh said. The margin of victory for their last three wins was around 30 points.
Marysville Getchell finishes its season June 10 hosting Jackson while Marysville-Pilchuck hosts Glacier Peak.