By Quint Turner
In a game dominated by defense and turnovers, the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors barely reached 50 points as they beat the Meadowdale Mavericks 54-44 in a non-league boys varsity game. While the low-scoring game was marred with traveling violations, Warrior stars Zack Berg and Josh Jordan dominated the floor whenever they drove to the basket.
The first quarter opened with a tip-off win by the Mavericks, who came down the floor and traveled. The game was close in the first and Maverick Spencer Linton kept Meadowdale in it all game. He scored 5 of the team’s 7 points in the first, and would lead all Maverick scorers with 17. The shooting percentage on both sides was low and both sides committed traveling violations, as the Warriors held an 11-7 lead at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Mavs couldn’t hit the jump shots they threw up, as the rim did its job. The Warriors went on a 9-0 run to get up by 11, and didn’t look back. The Mavs tried to stay in as Linton kept hitting shots, but Meadowdale guard Torin Dooley didn’t hit his stride until the fourth. The Warriors were able to score in the paint and went up 22-14 at half.
The second half saw more turnovers and missed shots. Warriors’ star freshman Travis Bakken started making buckets and Berg dominated down low. After the third, E-W was up 34-23, and in the fourth, they just put it away. Grant Pattison, Scott Douglas and Berg were able to score on the open shots and the Mavs couldn’t get baskets to fall. Even though Dooley got all 11 of his points in the fourth, combined with Linton’s hot streak, it wasn’t enough to come back as the Warriors won 54-44.
Although the game was the main attraction, there was a half-time Rubber Chicken launch, an annual tradition between the cross-town rivals. The Mavericks handily won this event, as their slingshot hit the wall twice and then made the target on the last of three shots. As for Warriors’ shooting, they didn’t get it past 6 feet once.
Mavericks scoring: Spencer Linton 14, Sean Hennessey 5, Torin Dooley 11, Dylan Buck 2, Sam Hong 1, Tyce Tallman 5.
Warriors scoring: Grant Pattison 6, Brayden Nealey 1, Joon Choi 5, Zack Berg 19, Travis Bakken 5 , Alex Hull 2, Scott Douglas, Josh Jordan 9, Henry Olsen 4.
Sportswriter Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.