By Quint Turner
The last home game for Tyler Ackerman, Grantland Over, Spencer Linton, Matt Hirsch, Brian Feldhaus and Torin Dooley was a must-win. The Mavs closed out the clinching game against a tough Marysville-Getchell Charger team, and forced a one-game playoff versus Everett to determine the final district playoff team. Linton contributed 19 big points on Senior Night to help the Mavs win. On the Getchell side, Nathen Grimm was the main reason they were in it for so long, scoring 22 points to lead all scorers in a tough loss.
The first quarter started quickly for the Mavs, with a 7-0 run thanks to two quick baskets by Feldhaus and a three by Linton. As they tried to add to that lead, M-G’s Ali Al-Azadi blocked a Linton floater that went to Grimm for a breakaway jumper to make it 7-2. With the game at 10-6 Meadowdale with 3:00 to go, Jordan Russell-Robinson swished a three over the Maverick defense to cut the lead to one. As the Chargers went for the lead, Collin Costello knocked the ball loose to force one of the six turnovers the Chargers had in the half up to Dooley, who got it back to Costello for an easy lay-in. The Mavs led 14-9 at the end of the first.
The Chargers started the second quarter with Grimm cutting through the Maverick defense and one-handing a finger roll in to make it 14-11. The Mavs came back when Hirsch drove to the basket and missed a lay-in, but Charlie White got the rebound and hit the putback to make it 18-11. The Mavs extended the lead to 22-14 when Dooley stole a pass away that led to a few missed shots on the offensive side, but it eventually ended when Hirsch hit a putback.
The score was 24-21 with two minutes to play before the Mavs exploded for nine points. The nine came from a Linton drive and lay-up while being fouled, and he sank the free throw. Then Dooley closed out the half by finally getting on the scoresheet when he hit back-to-back threes, and the Mavs led 33-21 at the end of the half.
The Chargers came out strong to start the second half. Grimm hit an early three, and Getchell got to within six before Costello hit a tough jumper with a guy in his face to make it 37-29 Meadowdale. The Chargers came storming back when they found open lanes through the Mav defense, yet the Mavs maintained their eight-point lead. On one possession, Meadowdale missed five straight shots but grabbed five rebounds in a row before Linton finally scored a putback to take a 41-33 lead. Then Hirsch drove from the corner and hit a lay-in to make it 45-35.
The fourth quarter started well enough for the Mavs. The team built up a 61-44 lead with 2:53 left to play thanks to Dooley, Linton and White all contributing big buckets. However, Getchell started playing a defense similar to the Lady Mavs (which is double-teaming the person catching the inbounds pass), and it worked. They got two quick buckets to cut the deficit to 13. A three by Al-Azadi closed the gap to 62-52 with 1:52 left to play.
Thanks to the Mavs only shooting 12 for 24 from the charity stripe, the Chargers kept at it. Josh Thompson hit a three to make the score 66-59 with 40.7 seconds left to go, but the Mavs were able to close out the game with a 67-61 win.
With the victory, the Mavs (7-14, 5-11 in conference) have forced a one-game playoff against Everett on Monday, at Everett, at 7:15 p.m., with the winner playing Mountlake Terrace in the first round of districts on Feb. 8.
Meadowdale Scoreboard: Kenley Ackerman 3; Charlie White 4; Collin Costello 10; Barrett Carlow 1; Tyler Ackerman 1; Spencer Linton 19; Matt Hirsch 7; Brian Feldhaus 10; Torin Dooley 12
Sports correspondent Quint Turner is a sophomore at Meadowdale High School.
Marysville-Getchell Scorers: Zander Seymer 8; Nathen Grimm 22; Josh Thompson 5; Omar Sakin-Romulus 6; Spencer Winters 7; Jordan Russell-Robinson 5; Ali Al-Azadi 8