By Quint Turner
Just a day after the Lady Mavs won big against Sedro-Woolley, the Mavericks boys basketball team would also score a solid 59-43 victory over the Cubs, who have now lost to the Mavericks for two straight years in the boys’ District tournament.
The Mavs used their height to continually penetrate the key, with scoring from Spencer Linton (16 points), Dylan Buck (12) and Tyce Tallman (11).
The first quarter started with Meadowdale’s trademark half-court defense and scoring down low, which allowed the Mavs to jump out to an early 7-0 lead, and they were ahead 14-9 after the one period.
The Cubs came out fighting in the second quarter and went on a 7-0 run, which gave them a 20-18 lead. However, Sedro Woolley’s leading scorer, Aaron Stroosma, had to come out after getting his fourth foul before halftime, and he wouldn’t return until the final period of the game. Two of his fouls came when he took a charging foul, and then he got a technical for complaining about it.
The first half closed with a bang. With a three-point lead and only five seconds to go, Torin Dooley took the ball down the court and shot a buzzer-beating three to put the Mavs up six at half, 28-22. The shot completely changed the momentum of the game. The Cubs never came back.
In the third, the Mavs continued where Torin left off and were able to expand the lead to an insurmountable 18 points. Passes down low to Buck and up high to Linton generated most of the points. The height advantage meant a lot of rebounds and second-chance opportunities for guys like Sam Hong and Aaron Feldhaus.
The Mavs would take a 47-29 lead into the fourth, which was mostly half-court pressure from the Mavs forcing turnovers. Though the Mavs were outscored in the quarter, they never showed signs of slowing down and came away with a 59-43 win.
The boys will play next at Glacier Peak Saturday at 7:30 p.m., while the girls play Friday night at Shorecrest at 7:30. A win by either team guarantees them a berth to state.
Meadowdale scorers: Spencer Linton 16, Tyce Tallman 12, Sean Hennesey 7, Torin Dooley 8, Aaron Feldhaus 3, Dylan Buck 11, Sam Hong 2
Sports contributor Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.