Edmonds-Woodway’s boys basketball team came into Friday night’s game against number-one ranked Jackson hoping to prove that they belonged in the conversation as to who was the top team in the Wesco South. However, 32 minutes later the Warriors left the gym having to admit it was indeed the Timberwolves from Jackson, as the Warriors fell 80-55 to the powerhouse from Mill Creek.
Jackson featured two of the top players in the conference, Jason Todd and Dan Kingma. Todd, a University of Portland signee and last year’s state player of the year didn’t actually score a point in the game. Kingma, on the other hand, more than made up for Todd, leading all scorers with 32.
Jackson raced to an early lead in the game, going up 12-3 before Travis Bakken scored a couple of buckets to close the gap to 12-7. Tate Budnick nailed a three pointer and a runner, but at the end of the quarter, Jackson led 19-13.
The second quarter started and Jackson didn’t slow down, as Kingma alternated scoring in the lane with launching three-pointers as he scored more than half of Jackson’s second quarter points. E-W, meanwhile, was held to only seven points as the Timberwolves went to the break leading 38-20.
The third quarter saw Kingma and fellow guard Connor Wilgress continue to dominate the Warriors, as Jackson put the game away, outscoring E-W 28-13 in the third on their way to a 66-33 lead heading into the fourth.
With the clock now running and Kingma now on the bench, E-W was able to narrow the gap, outscoring the T-Wolves 22-14 leading to the final 25-point margin, 80-55.
Bakken led the Warriors with 18 points, with Jason Smarr adding 11. Kingma led all scorers with 32, followed by Connor Willgress with 17.
In spite of the loss, the Warriors remain in second place with a one game lead over Kamiak. Next up for E-W is a visit to Lynnwood on Tuesday. That game cam be seen on the Sound Live Sports Network.
Warriors scoring: Trey Holland 3, Jordan Rice 6, Brady Edwards 8, Tate Budnick 4, Theo Lebesis 4, Jason Smarr 11, Travis Bakken 18, Antonio Sherrill
— By Jeff Smarr