The Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team hosted the Lynnwood Royals in an exciting battle on Dec. 12.
The Tomahawks entered the game without all-conference guard Luke Dobler and lost starting shooting guard Cameron Stordahl a few minutes into the first quarter, both due to injury. Even with the losses, Marysville-Pilchuck came out and built a double-digit lead early on. Near the end of the first quarter Lynnwood managed to close to gap to single digits as the Tomahawks entered the second up 19-11. The rest of the half was a lot closer as Marysville-Pilchuck ran into turnover issues and found themselves sending the Royals to the line more consistently. As the half ended, the Tomahawks led 32-24.
In the second half, Marysville-Pilchuck continued to pull away as they finished the third quarter on a buzzer beater, sending them into the final quarter up 48-34. The Tomahawks slowed down in the fourth quarter as they made more passes and shot more efficiently over the Royals. Lynnwood found some space in the midrange game as they scored 12 points before the final buzzer. However, Marysville-Pilchuck scored 17 points in the quarter and finished the game with a victory of 65-46.
“It feels good to get the win. We’re having some injury issues but it’s great to see everyone step up and gain some quality varsity minutes for later in the year. We’re starting to let the game come to us and it’s letting us build that chemistry,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould.
The Tomahawks’ University of Washington commit RaeQuan Battle exploded in his second game of the season. He scored a game-high 31 points with three shots made beyond the arc and five dunks. Battle filled out the rest of his stats with four assists, a game-high eight rebounds, two steals and one block.
Marysville-Pilchuck had production all over the court from Alec Jones-Smith, Ethan Jackson, Brady Phelps and Aaron Kalab. Jones-Smith came in after the injury to Stordahl and scored nine points with one three-pointer and two rebounds. Jackson scored eight points and filled his stat sheet with four assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block. Phelps put up six points, one three-pointer, one rebound and led the game with eight assists. Kalab only scored three points, from a shot beyond the arc, but contributed with two assists, four rebounds and forcing a steal.
If you want to watch the Tomahawks play at home, their next game will be against the Shorewood Thunderbirds on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7:15 p.m.