By Quint Turner
Meadowdale fans who showed up for the boys varsity basketball match-up against Marysville-Pilchuck went home happy Tuesday night as the Mavericks won big, 61-40.
Tyce Tallman and Torin Dooley combined for 33 points (Tallman with 20, Dooley with 13) to lead Meadowdale, which also executed great zone defense to shut down the Tomahawks.
Despite the lopsided final score, the first quarter went back and forth, as neither side had great ball handling, and the game was tied 13-13 after one.
The second quarter was a different story, however. Dooley started heating up, scoring 9 of his 18 points in the second, along with 6 from Tallman, and the Mavs went on a 17-0 run. Everyone seemed to be scoring, including Dylan Buck (10 points total) and Spencer Linton (12) as the Meadowdale defense kept forcing turnover after turnover, and steal after steal. The Hawks remained scoreless until getting a free throw to fall with 1:35 left in the half, and M-P’s first field goal came with :51 remaining. The Mavs would take a 32-16 lead at the break.
Meadowdale went on a 13-2 run to start the third, which really put the game out of range. Not one of the Hawks could get hot, as the Zone D kept the clamp on them all game. The Mavs took a 50-28 lead into the fourth, which saw a spectacular play involving the Hawks’ Nate Williams and Ryan Shannon. Williams stole the ball at half-court, roared down the sideline and made a behind-the-back pass to Shannon, who went up for the dunk. It wasn’t enough to spark a comeback, however, and Meadowdale won 61-40.
Meadowdale scoring: Tanner Mahler 2; Spencer Linton 12, Tyce Tallman 20; Torin Dooley 13; Dylan Buck 10; Sam Hong 4
Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School and covers sports for My Edmonds News.