By Quint Turner
Led by their defense, the Mavericks boys basketball team has been on a roll lately, and Friday night was no exception, as Meadowdale beat the Everett Seagulls 61-55.
The game was long — 101 minutes — with plenty of turnovers but it didn’t start that way. In the first quarter, the game was less runs, and more “one team makes a shot, then the other.” The most notable play of the quarter was when Seagull Lucas Sontra slammed home a dunk that put the Gulls up 8-5 with 4:30 to play. The score at the end of the half, however, would be tied at 13 apiece, with the Mavs’ Tyce Tallman scoring 8.
The second was the typical Maverick domination quarter. Not only did they make most of their shots, they also forced nine turnovers from the Gulls, and five of those would be traveling violations. Meadowdale’s defense prevented any real penetration from the Gulls, but the Mavs’ offense had no trouble with Everett, drilling right through the defense and getting good layups or other open shots. The Mavs had a 15-0 run to take a 29-15 lead late into the third. Meanwhile, Tallman scored another eight, including a dunk of his own. The Mavs would end the half up 31-21.
In the third, the two teams were whistled for a total of 18 combined fouls (10 on the Gulls and eight on the Mavericks). The game continued to be sloppy, as the teams had 14 combined turnovers. It was much more back and forth, but due to the frequent stops, the Gulls couldn’t get into a good scoring rhythm. The closest they came was on a 3-pointer by Devante Edwards to bring them within 3, but the Mavs would end the quarter on a 46-40 lead.
The fourth saw a combined 13 fouls and eight turnovers, and three people fouled out. Tallman got a second dunk on a breakaway with 4:32 left, as neither side got a real flow going, and the Mavs were able to coast along to a 61-55 win. Meadowdale is now 7-1 in league play (9-5 overall) and in second place in Wesco 3A.
Meadowdale scoring: Tanner Mahler 2; Spencer Linton 8; Tyce Tallman 23; Sean Hennessey 6; Torin Dooley 19; Aaron Feldaus 3
My Edmonds News sports correspondent Quint Turner is a Meadowdale High School student.