Edmonds-Woodway’s boys basketball team used a strong third quarter to overcome a slow start and eventually won their road game at Mariner Saturday, 69-48. The game was tied at the half, but E-W started the third quarter on an 18-3 run to quickly put the game in their control. Tate Budnick was consistent all night, scoring a career high 19, points that were distributed evenly throughout the both halves.
The Warriors started their ninth different lineup, with junior Chukwuma Okereke getting his first shot at the opening bell. The Warriors struggled to get much going offensively while falling victim to the scoring of Marauder guard Kevin Villalobos, who scored half of the team’s 18 points. After one, the Warriors found themselves trailing 18-12.
The second quarter was a little better for E-W as they outscored Mariner 16-10 to even the score at the half. Budnick scored six and Theo Lebesis added four. With the regulars back in for most of the quarter, the defense stiffened, limiting Villalobos to only three.
At the onset of the second half, the Warriors seemed determined not to let this opportunity to get a conference win go to waste. E-W started the half doubling Mariner 6-3. Then Mariner’s head coach Tom Jensen was whistled for consecutive technicals, and Jason Smarr converted all four free throws. After several more Warrior baskets, a Mariner position player was also cited for a technical foul, and after converting one of those two, the Warriors were now up 42-31.
E-W would score two more baskets, with the highlight being Budnick’s save as he jumped into the stands, then re-entering the court and finishing with a lay-up. Asked about in the parking lot Budnick said, “ I was just trying to make sure I saved it to one of our guys. And I did.” Edmonds-Woodway would end up outscoring Mariner 27-8 for the quarter, on their way to the final 21 point margin.
In addition to Budnick’s 19, other scoring leaders were Lebesis with 12, Smarr 10 and Bakken nine. Mariner’s Villalobos tied Budnick with 19 to lead the Marauders. With the win, E-W remains in second place at 4-2, heading next to Snohomish this Tuesday, for the first of three games against the Wesco North.
Warrior scoring: Budnick 19, Lebesis 12, Smarr 10, Bakken 9, Edwards 7, Rice 5, Okereke 5, Dankwa 2, Sherrill 1, Holland
— By Jeff Smarr