By Quint Turner
Freshman starting post Charlie White got a rebound off a Torin Dooley shot and managed to lay the ball in, draw a foul and make the free throw to give the Mavs a 49-48 win over the Stanwood Spartans Thursday night at the Stable.
White finished the game with 16 points to lead all scorers, while Dooley put up 13 in the Mavs’ victory. On the Spartan side, Cannen Roberson scored 14 points and Brennan Williams had 10.
The first quarter was fast paced, yet low scoring. Meadowdale was enjoying its second game with Taylor England back, although did not have Spencer Linton. Stanwood’s aggressive man-to-man defense prevented the Mavs from scoring much, and on the other side, the Mavs zone D left the Spartans with open shots that they missed. Matt Hirsch broke up a 4-4 tie with 2:44 to go in the first quarter when Barrett Carlow blocked a shot and passed to him for a breakaway lay-in. The Spartans responded when Mason Garcea threw a behind-the-back pass to Brady Garcea for an easy lay-in. The score would be 6-6 after the first.
The second started when Stanwood grabbed two offensive rebounds and got a pass to Roberson for an open three to put the Spartans up 9-6. Then Dooley went on a breakaway after a Stanwood turnover, scored a lay-up, drew a foul, and hit the free throw. The Mavs would get a lot of their points on the free-throw stripe, and they scored 13 of 18 in the half.
The Mavs led 19-15 with 3.8 seconds left, when Stanwood got a pass down the court that was snatched out of the air by Tyler Ackerman. Ackerman was fouled with less than a second remaining in the half. A Stanwood coach argued with the call and was given a technical foul, so the Mavs let Brian Feldhaus take all four free throws from the foul and technical. Feldhaus sank all four, and the Mavs led 23-15 at the half.
The third was where the scoring really started picking up, as Stanwood began making shots against a disorganized Maverick defense. Drew Sears got an offensive board when five Mavs had him surrounded, and his putback was bring Stanwood to within six, 27-21. The Mavs responded with Dooley hitting a long three to give the Mavs a nine-point lead. But Stanwood went on a 6-0 run, then tied the game up at 33 after three.
Stanwood’s Josh Thayer scored the first basket of the wild fourth after driving through the entire Mavs defense for a lay-in. After the Spartan lead went to 37-36, Dooley hit another long three to put the Mavs up 39-37. The Spartans had multiple opportunities to go up big, but they were unable to sink key free throws, and the Mavs were allowed to stay in the game. The Mavs had a 41-39 lead with 4:40 to go after Dooley gave the ball up to Hirsch and he drove for a lay-in.
When Stanwood went up 43-41, the Spartans switched from their aggressive man-to-man defense to more of a passive man-to-man, giving the Mavericks more time to choose their play. It didn’t help the Mavs much, though, as they remained down 46-42 with 1:38 left. They got a key basket to cut the lead to two with 30 seconds left, forced a Stanwood turnover, and then Brian Feldhaus had a short jumper to tie the game at 46.
Williams of the Spartans scored a fadeaway with 10 seconds left to make it 48-46, giving the Mavs enough time for Dooley to take a long three that went off the mark. But White was right there for the rebound, and he got his putback to go with a foul. He scored his free throw to put the Mavs up one, but Stanwood still had a shot with 3.8 seconds left. However, the Spartans turned the ball over and didn’t get off a clean shot, and the Mavs hung on to win, 49-48.
The Mavs improve to 5-6 (3-3 in conference), and their next game is Tuesday at home vs. Shorewood, at 7:15 p.m. The Spartans fall to 5-3 (3-2 in conference).
Meadowdale Scoreboard: Charlie White 16, Barrett Carlow 4, Matt Hirsch 6, Brian Feldhaus 10, Torin Dooley 13
Sports contributor Quint Turner is a sophomore at Meadowdale High School.