A close game Dec. 16 saw Marysville Getchell battle for a 48-46 victory over Marysville Pilchuck.
“It was a classic battle. It was two teams playing hard,” Marysville Getchell coach Corby Schuh said.
Freshman guard Arion Palacol scored 25 points for the Chargers with 15 points during the fourth quarter. “He took over the game,” Schuh said.,complimenting the freshman’s efforts playing in his first rivalry game. “What an amazing performance.”
In addition to Palacol, senior forward Ryan Allison scored nine points with seven rebounds and senior guard Caden Weier scored seven points.
Marysville Getchell was ahead 12-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Allison scored six of his nine points during the first quarter. Schuh said he felt the Chargers could take advantage with the height of Allison, who is 6 feet five inches. Schuh complimented the efforts of Marysville Pilchuck defending Allison for the remainder of the game.
Marysville Pilchuck head coach Luke Carpenter said the Dec. 16 game wasn’t a characteristic performance. “For this squad, being in an environment like this was a first.”
After graduating 10 seniors from the Tomahawk squad that competed in the 2020 state tournament, Marysville Pilchuck won one game during the pandemic-shortened season in the spring and the Tomahawks have the same team.
“I can never doubt the heart of our guys,” Carpenter said.
Sophomore guard Anthony Najera scored 14 points. “He’s the engine that’s driving this team,” Carpenter said. By halftime, Marysville Pilchuck was ahead 23-13. The third quarter saw the Tomahawks ahead 35-30.
He complimented the efforts of Benjamin Baxter. “He’s Mr. Consistent. He’s willing to take on any role.”
The Dec. 16 win puts Marysville Getchell’s record at 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the Wesco Conference. During the Chargers' Dec. 14 win against Edmonds-Woodway, senior guard Caden Weier scored 24 points.
“These are two good teams that we beat,” Schuh said of the wins against MP and Edmonds-Woodway.
Schuh said the Chargers have six seniors on the team who have been in the program for four years, but they don’t have varsity experience and he said the Chargers are going to get better throughout the season.
Marysville Pilchuck’s record is 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the Wesco Conference.
The Tomahawks have several seniors on the team. Jamaari Jefferson, who was part of the state tournament in 2020, “came in as that leader,” Carpenter said.
“We want to get back to the playoffs. We want to shock some teams,” Carpenter said.
Marysville Getchell travels to Sehome Dec. 29 and hosts Lakewood Dec. 31. Marysville Pilchuck travels to Mariner Dec. 23 and participates in a tournament Dec. 28 at Mountlake Terrace.