By Quint Turner
The last regular-season home game for the Mavs ended in 53-52 heartbreaking loss. Despite strong scoring performances from Meadowdale’s Tyce Tallman and Torin Dooley, the Shorewood Thunderbirds were able to win on the backs of Josh Hawkinson and Gage Carroll. Hawkinson proved to be the biggest threat, both figuratively and literally, as his 6-8 frame gave him many blocks, rebounds and — most important — the game-winning shot.
As was expected, it was a fierce back-and-forth game as both sides were able to drive in the lane and get good penetration. After a good 6-0 run for the T-Birds, the Mavericks were able to come right back and one-up them with a 7-0 run, giving them a one point lead. Ben Andrews of the T-Birds would get a sneaky layin when no one boxed him out as he rushed through the key to get an easy rebound and bucket. Tallman of the Mavs scored 8 as the Mavs and the score was tied at 14 after the quarter.
In the second period, the Mavs seemed to have the advantage. Tallman’s under-the-hoop layup put Meadowdale up three and the Mavs were able to get to the basket a lot during the quarter. However, the incredibly physical play from Hawkinson would be a huge factor in preventing the Mavs from running away with the game. Tallman would eventually be double-teamed for much of the quarter, yet Sean Hennesey’s buzzer-beating two pointer would give the Mavs a 30-24 lead at halftime.
Meadowdale came out flat in the third. It took them until 2:23 left to get a point, and their first field goal of the quarter came with 1:06 remaining. Carroll, meanwhile, scored six points to help spark an 8-0 run and the T-Birds were able to get important offensive rebounds that allowed them to get second-chance points. However, Tallman’s layup and one with :05 left in the quarter gave the Mavs a 37-35 lead going into the fourth.
The Mavs had an injury scare in the final period when Torin Dooley slipped in the paint and looked hurt, but he pulled himself up to stay in the game. Good thing. too, as Hawkinson dominated during the quarter. He had a shot blocked, got his own rebound, and then scored. He altered many of the Mavs’ shots as they drove the key. Dylan Buck, the starting senior center, tried valiantly but would foul out with 1:53 left, leaving the Mavs without a key paint blocker.
After the Mavs scored to close within two with:18 left, they needed to foul to get the ball back, and they fouled Semir Kadiric. The crowd got loud. Kadiric missed both shots, and with :05 left in the game, Torin Dooley came off a screen and hit a clutch three pointer, putting the Mavs up by one. The T-Birds in-bounded the ball, and quickly called a timeout. There was some concern about the amount of time left on the clock, which had run down mistakenly to :02 left and the officials reset the clock to :05. These extra seconds would haunt the Mavs as Shorewood’s Ben Andrews dribbled the ball down quickly from half court and put up a lay-in that bounced off the rim. But Hawkinson grabbed the rebound and put it back up and in.
The Mavs crowd was of the opinion that he didn’t get the shot off before time expired. However, the three referees huddled and decided the basket counted.
The Mavs’ First District tournament playoff game is at home Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stable vs. the number two Wesco North seed, still to be determined. The Lady Mavs also have a home game in the district tournament, vs. the number two Wesco North seed Feb. 9 at 7:30 pm, also at home.
Meadowdale scorers: Spencer Linton 5, Matt Hirsch 4, Tyce Tallman 21, Sean Hennesey 4, Torin Dooely 10, Dylan Buck 6, Sam Hong 2
My Edmonds News sports correspondent Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.