Boys basketball: Warriors have their way with Royals in 87-45 win

warrior logoJake Tachner scored 20 points to lead all scorers, but it was not enough as the Lynnwood Royals were soundly beaten by cross-town rival Edmonds-Woodway, 87-45. The Warriors balanced scoring attack saw all 10 players on their roster score at least four points, led by Jason Smarr’s 19 and followed closely by Travis Bakken’s 18. It was the first win in four games for E-W, a fact not lost on Warrior assistant coach Mack Brown.  “After 20 days of practice without a win, it’s nice to see us play hard and get our first win,” he said.

The game started out promising for the Royals, with David Vo scoring the first basket of the game. Brady Edwards answered quickly with a lay-in for E-W off a nice back-door pass from Theo Lebesis. Edwards then returned the favor, finding Ibro Polovina who converted the jumper. Following a Vo free throw for the Royals, the Warriors senior trio of Bakken, Smarr and Tate Budnick led a 22-5 run to close out the first quarter, with the three scoring 20 of the 22 including 13 by Smarr himself. “When we play well, our seniors lead us,” said Brown.

Edmonds-Woodway continued to pull-away as the second quarter began, this time on the combined efforts of underclassman Trey Holland, Jordan Rice and Polovina, with help from senior Antonio Sherrill. Tachner came alive for the Royals, scoring six quick points to slow the Warriors, but Bakken began to control the inside as the Warriors increased their lead to 44-23 at the half. “They were bigger, stronger, longer and taller, “ said Royals coach Michael Richards. “I blame myself for not preparing the kids to face this kind of team.”

With the third quarter starting and the Warriors seemingly in control, the Royals took advantage of E-W’s seemingly relaxed focus, starting the half on a 7-2 run, with Tachner hitting a three, Tyler McArthur a two and Cordell Smith a pair of free throws. “I thought we came out with energy in the third quarter,” said Richards. The Warriors then turned to their size, with Bakken scoring their next six points, including a dunk in transition on a feed from Smarr. Brady Edwards, Rice, Lebesis and Sherrill scored the next eight for E-W, sandwiched around a pair of baskets from Smith. Rice closed out the quarter with two baskets as the Warriors increased their lead to 26, ending the period up 60-34.

The fourth quarter began the same way as the third ended as E-W scored the first 13 and 17 of the first 19 points, increasing the lead to 41 on their way to an eventual 87-45 victory. Coach Brown talked about everyone on his team scoring, noting “it was good to share. We are not a one-man team.”

In spite of the loss, Richards saw some positives, calling it a “good learning experience.” He also praised the efforts of Taschner. “He’s one of our senior leaders,” Richards said. “A good kid, with good grades.”

Following Tachner in scoring for the Royals was Smith with 9 and McArthur with 8. For E-W, after Smarr and Bakken, Sherrill had 10, Budnick 8 and Rice 7. Next up for the Royals is a home date this Friday with Jackson, while the Warriors travel to Mariner on the same day to face the Marauders. Both games tip at 7:15 p.m.

Warriors scoring: Smarr 19, Bakken 18, Sherrill 10, Budnick 8, Rice 7, Edwards 6, Polovina 6, Dankwa 4, Holland 4, Lebesis 4
Royals scoring: Tachner 20, C Smith 9, McArthur 8, Todorov 3, Vo 3

Records E-W 1-3 (1-1), Royals 1-5 (1-1)

– By Jeff Smarr

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