Tomahawks host Stanwood on Senior Night and pummel the Spartans 76-31
The Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team, which is undefeated in league play, hosted their senior night game against the Stanwood Spartans in a battle of the top two ranked Wesco 3A teams on Feb. 10.
The Tomahawks came out with incredible ball movement and unselfish play as they rode a 13-5 run halfway through the first quarter. After falling behind early, the Spartans tried to slow the game down as they scored nine points heading into the second while containing Pilchuck to seven more, 20-9. Marysville-Pilchuck came out of the break to go on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to a dominate 27-9 lead. Through the rest of the half Stanwood struggled to defend the Tomahawks' spacing and were unable to shrink the gap, entering halftime down 42-17.
Even with the commanding lead Marysville-Pilchuck refused to let off the gas, going on another huge streak outscoring the Spartans 10-0 and holding a 52-17 lead. The Tomahawks continued to execute in all aspects of the game and rode their lead into the final quarter up 65-28. In the fourth quarter Pilchuck was able to rotate in their bench unit and allowed all of their seniors on their veteran roster to touch the floor. In the end they walked away with the 76-31 victory and with the regular season ending, officially claimed the League Championship with a 14-0 league record.
“This group’s legacy is untarnished going undefeated two years in a row, and they have brought so much to the program. They’ve brought character, integrity, sportsmanship, hard work, dedication and it is special to have a group like that. If we can continue what we’re doing right now we can make a special run,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould.
Marysville-Pilchuck’s starting five showed up to close out the season behind senior’s Brady Phelps, Luke Dobler, Cameron Stordahl, Aaron Kalab and Ethan Jackson. Phelps had one of his best performances of the season as he led all scorers with 16 points, four three-pointers, four assists, one rebound and three steals. Dobler ran alongside Phelps in the backcourt as he filled the stat sheet with 13 points, two three-pointers, seven assists, six rebounds and six steals. Stordahl, small forward, has been having a great year as he put up a stat in every category with 12 points, two three-pointers, one assist, six rebounds, one block and three steals. Kalab worked in the post as he slashed his way to 11 points, one assist, six rebounds and a steal. Jackson played inside and outside as a center scoring 10 points, one three-pointer, four assists and four rebounds.
Off the bench, Elson Battle and T.J. Severn made some plays to get themselves onto the scoreboard. Battle, junior forward, took control on the second unit as he scored 10 points, two three-pointers, one rebound and a steal. Severn, senior center, played as a stretch big playing limited minutes as he finished with four points and two rebounds.
“We have a full team, and everyone is stepping up where they need to. We want to take it one game at a time, get as far as we can and play as many games as possible, because we love to come out here and play together,” said Tomahawks’ senior guard Luke Dobler.
The Tomahawks beat the Squalicum Storm, 63-46, on Saturday, Feb. 15, and will move onto the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors in the second round of the District One 3A Boys Basketball Tournament. The game will be held at Jackson High School on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7:45 p.m.