This year, the Mavs actually got to celebrate Senior night as all four seniors — Barrett Carlow, Jacob Perkins, Chikodi Ezeokeke and Aaron Gurley — were put in the starting lineup en route to a 71-60 win over the Marysville-Getchell Chargers. Perkins was the force behind the win, scoring 28 points along with five dunks (three of which were off alley-oops). After Perkins’ first dunk put the Mavs up 9-7 with 4:00 left in the first, Getchell never caught up again. Three Chargers — Nathen Grimm, Jordan Russell-Robinson and Deyon Robertson — each scored double digit points, but they weren’t enough to beat the Mavs.
Meadowdale got off to a quick 7-2 lead after Gurley hit a 3-pointer from the corner, but the Chargers came back just as fast and Russell-Robinson tied the game at 7 with a three of his own with 4:00 remaining. The Mavs had the height advantage for maybe the first game ever, and they abused it. Perkins kept getting the rock down low because the Chargers had no one with the size to guard him. Instead, Marysville-Getchell attempted a half-court press that switched into a zone defense to prevent easy buckets, but it didn’t work because the Mavs could pass around them easily.
Great passing was how Perkins got so wide open for his first dunk of the night, which put the Mavs up 9-7. Later, Carlow drove through the defense and made a lay-in while fouled and then made the free throw to make it 14-7 MHS with 2:15 to play. A minute later, Robertson snatched a Meadowdale pass out of the air and went on a breakaway for a lay-in to close the lead to 14-11 Mavericks. Malik Braxton hit a three to make it 17-11, but the Chargers got in two more field goals before the quarter ended to bring the score to 17-15 Meadowdale at the end of the first.
The Mavs got off to a 6-0 run to start the second quarter, which began after Kenley Ackerman fired a great pass over all five Chargers to a driving Caleb Tingstad. Tingstad made an open lay-in, and it was 19-15 right away. Russell-Robinson finally ended the run when he made a 10-footer floater over the outstretched hand of Perkins, bringing the score to 23-17. Next possession, Grimm drove through the defense, made a lay-in while fouled, and 1. Back the other way, Perkins dumped the ball off to White before getting to the basket, where White threw up an alley-oop that Perkins slammed down, making it 25-20 with 4:00 to play in the second.
Meadowdale’s next possession was Carlow’s turn to do the honors. He threw Perkins the alley-oop that was dunked with authority to make it 27-21. After the second dunk, the game got a little out of control. Both teams went back-and-forth on offense. The Chargers kept getting within three, but the Mavs would then come back and hit a lay-in. The quarter ended after Grimm buried a 3-pointer about seven feet from the 3-point line to make it 36-31 Meadowdale. Perkins had 16 points in the first half.
The third quarter started just like the second did, with Meadowdale going on a 6-0 run It was capped when Carlow stole a pass at half court and went on a two-on-zero with Perkins. Carlow decided against a lay-in and threw up an alley-oop for Perkins, and he made no mistake on the dunk. That pushed the score to 42-31. Almost immediately after, both Grimm and Kaleb Seymer made 3-pointers to bring the score to 42-37. That 6-0 run was broken up when Gurley drove through the defense, made a lay-in while fouled, and the free throw afterwards. Meadowdale led 45-37 after the 3-point-play.
Perkins got his fifth and final dunk of the night a few possessions later to push the score to 47-39. Next possession, he tried another, but Seymer hit him hard as he went up, and Perkins went down hard. He left the game, but was able to return later. Back the other way, Grimm dribbled through the defense and made a circus lay-in to make it 51-42 with 3:00 left. Tingstad tipped-in his own shot later to make it 54-46 with 1:30 remaining. Then Robertson made a lay-in while fouled and the free throw, bringing the score to 56-49, and the teams still weren’t done scoring. The quarter ended with the score 61-51 Meadowdale. That’s the score after regulation for most games.
Meadowdale spent the fourth quarter closing the game out. Instead of pushing the pace and trying to get points in transition as they had the entire game, the Mavs slowed the game down in the fourth to cement their win. The quarter started with a dagger three from Tingstad to make it 64-53, and after that, it took both sides a while to get some points on the board. Seymer fouled out with 5:35 left in the game and his team still down 64-53. That did not help the Charger offense in the fourth. They scored just nine points in the final quarter of play, ensuring their loss. All four Meadowdale seniors came out of the game with 12.1 seconds to go and they went out with a standing ovation. The Mavericks closed out the win by a score of 71-60.
With the win, the Mavs improve to 4-8 (10-9 overall) and their final game of the year is on Thursday at Shorecrest at 7:15. Shorewood’s 58-53 victory over Glacier Peak eliminated Meadowdale from postseason contention. The Thunderbirds (6-6, 11-8) clinched a playoff berth with the win.
Meadowdale Scorers: Aidan O’Neill 2; Chikodi Ezeokeke 3; Griffin Over 4; Barrett Carlow 6; Aaron Gurley 6; Charlie White 6; Malik Braxton 7; Caleb Tingstad 9; Jacob Perkins 28
Marysville-Getchell Scorers: Austin Miller 3; Kaleb Seymer 4; Collin Montez 4; Kody Phaysith 6; Deyon Robertson 13; Jordan Russell-Robinson 14; Nathen Grimm 16
— By Quint Turner