Boys basketball: Warriors earn 65-52 win over Royals

warrior-logoEdmonds-Woodway’s boys basketball team used a fast start and strong play from their seniors to withstand Lynnwood’s comeback attempt and beat the Royals 65-52. The Warriors took a 48-25 lead into the break and did just enough in the second half to come away with the victory at the Lynnwood gym.

The Warriors started yet another different lineup and jumped to a 14-2 lead before the Royals’ Tyler McArthur hit a 3-pointer to stop the run. Travis Bakken and Theo Lebesis each added six in the scoring streak, which was started by Trey Holland’s runner in the lane. McArthur scored the only other bucket for the Royals in the Warriors’ opening spurt.

Just when it seemed the Warriors might run away with it, Lynnwood’s Greyson Elwell got hot from outside, draining three 3-pointers. Bryce Milne scored as the first period expired, allowing the Royals to end the first quarter down only seven, 25-18. Lebesis finished the quarter with nine, Bakken with 8 to pace the Warriors, while Elwell’s nine led the Royals.

The second period started well for E-W, with Jason Smarr scoring his first bucket of the night, followed by Jordan Rice converting a steal into a lay-in. Jake Taschner’s bucket and Milne’s 3 were sandwiched around another basket from Lebesis. Bakken then scored back-to-back buckets, the second being highlight material as Bakken and Smarr worked the pick-and-roll perfectly with the result being a two-handed flush for the Warriors’ big man. Taschner’s jumper briefly interrupted E-W’s run, only to have the Warriors score the next 10 points with contributions from Smarr, Tate Budnick, Lebesis, Brady Edwards and a pair of free throws from Chukwuma Okereke.

Taschner scored again before Smarr closed out the scoring with a tip-in as time was expiring, sending the Warriors to halftime up 23. Lebesis finished the half with 13 and Bakken with 12; Elwell’s nine and Taschner’s eight led the Royals.

Smarr would start the second half with a jumper from the top of the key, the first of his 11 points for the half. Tascher scored next for Lynnwood, followed by the first points of the night for the Royals’ Patrick Smith. Smarr would answer only to have David Vo score his first bucket for Lynnwood. Budnick found Bakken on an alley-oop play for the Warriors, but Lynnwood wouldn’t go away. The Royals scored the last 10 points of the third quarter, with Taschner making a layin and 3-pointer, then getting fouled and converting both free throws. Smith also added a 3-pointer in the run. Edwards would miss a long 3 as the quarter expired. The Royals outscored E-W 16-6 in the third, closing the gap to 11, 54-43.

The fourth quarter again saw Smarr score the first basket, a baseline jumper. Vo made a nice banker for Lynnwood and following a pair of missed free throws by Bakken, Milne scored for the Royals narrowing the gap to nine. That was as close as the Royals would get as Smarr would hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key, followed by a jumper from Edwards. McArthur split a pair of free throws for Lynnwood and then Smarr stole the ball at mid-court and converting the layin increasing the Warriors lead back up to 15 with just under two minutes left. McArthur and Milne would score for the Royals as would Okereke for the Warriors as the game ended with E-W holding on and winning by a final margin of 13.

The Royals’ Taschner and Warriors’ Smarr would share game-high scoring honors with 17. Bakken was next with 14 and Lebesis with 13 for E-W. With the win, the second-place Warriors move to 8-4 in conference heading into a home game with Mariner this Friday. The loss drops the Royals to 3-9 as they prepare to host first-place Jackson on Friday. A replay of tonight’s game is available on the Sound Live Sports Network.

Royals scoring: Jake Taschner 17, Greyson Elwell 9, Tyler McArthur 9, Bryce Milne 8, Patrick Smith 5, David Vo 4

Warriors scoring: Trey Holland 5, Jordan Rice 2, Brady Edwards 4, Tate Budnick 6, Theo Lebesis 13, Jason Smarr 17, Travis Budnick 14, Chukwuma Okereke 4

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