Boys basketball: Mavericks edge Oak Harbor 69-65
Meadowdale coach Andy Streit was eager to see which team was going to show up in the fourth quarter against Oak Harbor Saturday afternoon.
The Mavericks have played solid team basketball with favorable results and also have not responded well to adversity in some games this season.
After leading the by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, Meadowdale saw Oak Harbor take a 55-53 lead about a minute into the final period.
But from that point on, the Mavericks outscored the Wildcats 14-8 to pull out a hard-fought 69-65 victory at the 43rd annual Bellevue College Holiday Tournament.
After shooting in the 20 percent range the last four games, the Mavericks hit 50 percent from the field against Oak Harbor.
“It obviously helps when the ball goes in,” Streit said. “We’ve been in a bit of a shooting slump. … More importantly, we’re back to playing team basketball and responding to adversity well. (The victory) was really big for us.”
Senior guard Barrett Carlow scored a team-high 18 points. Senior center Jacob Perkins added 15 points and junior guard Charlie White had 10 points.
Meadowdale (5-4 overall) was able to get out on the fast break, which translated into some easy baskets.
“We’re running up and down the court and we’re able to get lay-ins and good shots,” Carlow said. “We had good shot selection.”
Streit is glad the Mavericks are shooting better but that wasn’t what he was most pleased about from his team.
“I’m more proud of our team effort and our positive energy and our resiliency this afternoon,” Streit said.
Meadowdale appeared to be headed into the fourth quarter with a 51-45 lead but Oak Harbor’s Drew Washington hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and was fouled in the process. He made the free throw to cut the Mavericks’ lead to 51-49.
Washington hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter but then was limited to only two free throws the rest of the game.
“Drew got off to a good start in the fourth quarter,” Carlow said. “We were able to kind of shut him down towards the end.”
Streit added that “it’s tough to guard a guy shooting 25, 30 feet away from the hoop.”
Midway through the fourth quarter, a free throw by Carlow gave Meadowdale a 58-57 advantage, a lead the Mavericks would not relinquish. Oak Harbor (0-7) cut the lead to 62-61 at the 2:38 mark before a basket by Caleb Tingstad pushed the lead back to 64-61.
What Streit is looking for from the Mavericks as they head back into league play is consistency from game to game.
“I think we can make a run in the second half of the season,” Carlow said.
– Story and photos by David Pan