Boys basketball: Warriors secure second place in Wesco South with
Sophmore Brady Edwards had a career-high 18 points to lead the Warriors, now winners of six of their last seven heading into Thursday’s regular season finale against Cascade.
As has been their trend lately, E-W jumped to an early lead, once again behind the inside scoring of Theo Lebesis and Travis Bakken as the visiting Warriors quickly led 6-0. Kamiak inched back slowly as the first quarter ended with E-W up 15-10. Lebesis and Bakken each finished with four during the quarter, with Bakken’s four including a dunk in transition off a feed from Tate Budnick, the first of five Budnick assists on the night.
The second quarter was a bit more back-and-forth with Kamiak opening the quarter with an 11-4 run to briefly take the lead at 20-19. The Warriors fought back with 10 straight of their own, including six from Edwards. “I felt like I was in the zone tonight,” said Edwards. Kamiak closed out the quarter with baskets from Aman Hussein and Drew Blacksmith to narrow the gap to 29-25 as the teams headed to the locker room.
The third quarter saw the teams trade multiple baskets, with both Bakken and Edwards scoring 16 of the 18 Warrior points in the quarter. Kamiak held tough and going into the fourth quarter, the Warriors led 47-41.
Determined to not let this win get away, the Warriors used a team effort in the fourth to pull away from Kamiak. “We wanted to get this win so the seniors can enjoy Senior Night,” said Edwards.
Lebesis scored a banker and Budnick hit a three for the Warriors. On Kamiak’s next possession, Budnick drew a charge, giving the ball back to E-W. Jason Smarr then made a jumper from the free-throw line, extending the lead to 13. Kamiak’s Blacksmith scored, but Edwards came right back for E-W with a deuce, followed by Trey Holland’s lay-in on the break via Smarr and finally Lebesis made an inside bank shot putting the Warriors up 62-43 with just over two minutes left in the game.
Kamiak refused to concede, scoring six straight points, before Smarr put the exclamation point on the night, taking an inbounds pass in the corner, faking the hand-off to Edwards and then slamming it down for the final points of the night, as both teams failed to score the rest of the game.
In addition to Edwards’ 18, Bakken scored 16 and Lebesis 14 to lead the Warriors. Blacksmith and Tyler Neilsen led Kamiak with 12 and 11, respectively. E-W now sits at 10-4 in league with one regular-season game left this Thursday against Cascade. It is Senior Night, and Bakken, Smarr, Budnick, Lebesis and Antonio Sherrill will all be honored before the game. The Warriors will then begin preparation for their first playoff on Wednesday, Feb. 12, when they will host Mount Vernon.
Warrior scoring: Holland 4, Rice, Edwards 18, Budnick 5, Lebesis 14, Smarr 8, Bakken 16, Okereke, Sherrill
– By Jeff Smarr