Boys basketball: Warriors’ season ends with 67-55 loss to Bothell

warrior-logoEdmonds-Woodway’s boys basketball season came to an end Saturday night as the Warriors fell 67-55 to the Bothell Cougars in a winner-to-state contest at the E-W gym. The Warriors hung tough for most of the game, coming within 4 points late in the third quarter, but couldn’t get any closer as Bothell gradually pulled away for the win.

Bothell features Minnesota signee Josh Martin, who came into the game averaging 28 points a game. The Warriors held him slightly below that, with 23, but Martin was still a factor, both defensively and more importantly by drawing double-teams and freeing up his teammates, including Peyton Cordova-Smith, who scored 21 points –13 over his average.

In the first quarter, Brady Edwards, Tate Budnick and Travis Bakken accounted for all 14 of E-W’s points. After one, the Warriors trailed 17-14.

The second quarter started with more Bakken, then Jordan Rice made the defensive play of the night, blocking the 6-9 Martin’s shot. The Warriors briefly capitalized on that momentum play, scoring 5 straight to tie the game at 21. Bothell came right back, closing the half on a 12-5 run to take a 33-26 lead into the locker room.

After an even third quarter, the Warriors tried to pick up the pace, but it seemed every time they’d make a move, Bothell would answer. Budnick’s basket at the 4:25 mark got E-W within 6, but Bothell scored twice to increase the Warrior deficit to 10. Jason Smarr hit his first of back-to-back three’s, the only buckets of the night for the Warrior’s leading scorer, but an intentional foul on E-W netted the Cougars six straight points and that finished Edmonds-Woodway’s chance for a comeback.

“It’s a tough way to end, but I thought we had a great postseason,” said Warriors Coach Steve Call. “Hats off to Travis and Jason. Those guys carried us all season long.” Referring to all five of his five seniors — Bakken, Smarr, Budnick, Theo Lebesis and Antonio Sherrill — Call said, “ I couldn’t be more proud of those guys.”

The Warriors ended with a 15-10 record for a season that included a second-place finish in league and a third-place finish in the District tournament.

Warrior scoring: Holland 5, Rice 6, Edwards 10, Budnick 10, Sherrill, Lebesis 5, Smarr 6, Bakken 13, Okereke

– By Jeff Smarr

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