The Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team started off their post-winter break league play against the Shorecrest Scots on Jan. 4.
The Tomahawks entered the game as the favorite to win with their undefeated league record compared to the Scots’ one league win. Throughout the first quarter, Marysville-Pilchuck found a way to score but couldn’t to stop Shorecrest on the defensive end as they led 14-13.
In the second half the Scots continued to get behind the Tomahawk defense and forced them to shoot from the outside. Heading into halftime, Shorecrest held a strong lead at 29-23.
Marysville-Pilchuck came into the second half with an emphasis on defense as they shutdown Shorecrest. The Tomahawks managed to close the gap, outscoring the Scots 13-9, but still trailed 38-36 at the end of the third quarter. In the final quarter of the game Marysville-Pilchuck turned another gear as they blew out Shorecrest 25-9 for the 61-47 victory.
“We had a gut-check at halftime and we have some amazing players that decided to step up and perform in the second half. It’s exciting to have Luke back and the team is starting to come together as we keep moving throughout the season. We have so much depth on this team and that will be huge for us in the postseason,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould.
The three leading scorers for the Tomahawks were Raequan Battle, Cameron Stordahl and Aaron Kalab. Battle, senior forward, did not score until the second half but still led the game with 19 points, two three-pointers, two assists, five rebounds and one block. Stordahl, junior forward, scored 14 points and added on one assist, five rebounds and one steal. Kalab, junior forward, hit two three-pointers with a total of nine points and four rebounds.
Marysville-Pilchuck’s Ethan Jackson, Brady Phelps and Luke Dobler contributed all over the stat sheet. Jackson, junior center, led the team in rebounds with six as well as four assists and six points. Phelps, junior guard, had the game-high in assists with eight, five points, one three-pointer, two rebounds and two steals. Dobler, junior guard, is slowing coming back off an injury and came off the bench to score five points, one three-pointer, two assists and two rebounds.
If you want to come out and root for the Tomahawks their next home game will be against the Meadowdale Mavericks on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7:15 p.m.