Both Edmonds-Woodway and Cascade are expected to be at or near the top of their respective boys basketball divisions this year. Thursday’s non-conference showdown between the two contenders ultimately went the Bruins’ way, but the Warriors kept it close before falling at the end to the visitors, 75-70.
“We teach the boys that there is no such thing as a good loss or a bad win,” said E-W coach Robert Brown. “But I was proud of the fight they showed tonight. We came out on the short-end, but we know we belong and we will learn from this.”
At the start of the fourth quarter, Cascade — a Wesco 4A team — was ahead by nine, 60-51. The Warriors — in Wesco 3A — slowly worked the lead down behind David Woodard’s scoring and Jordan Rice’s three pointers. With just over a minute left, Woodward’s bucket pulled the home team to within one, at 71-70. E-W forced another turnover but was unable to convert and the Bruins’ Cameron McGrath made a pair of free throws to increase the margin to three. The Warriors missed the front end of a one-and-one and then with sevem seconds left, McGrath drove the length of the court, and despite being fouled made the lay-in leading to the final margin.
“This was a really good test for us,” said Cascade coach Darrell McNeal. “We let them control the tempo more than we’d like.”
Both teams came out strong offensively at the start, with Cascade taking an early 13-4 lead. Woodward, E-W’s senior guard, would make the next 10 points for the Warriors, sandwiched around a pair of baskets by the Bruins’ Drew Magaoay, to close the game to 4 at 17-13. “He’s a beast, both inside and outside,” Brown said of Woodward. The teams would stay balanced the rest of the period, with Cascade ahead 22-18 after one.
In the second quarter, the Warriors chipped away at the lead before Woodward’s basket at the half-way point of the quarter gave the Warriors their first lead of the game, 33-31. Cascade ended up regaining the advantage and at halftime led 42-39 on the strength of two highlight-reel alley-oop dunks from Isaiah Gotell. “He’s long and he gets up there,” Brown said.
The Warriors scored the first five points of the second half to briefly retake the lead, with Woodward responsible for all 5, first on a three and then on a steal and lay-in. Cascade fought back, going on a 12-1 run of its own and suddenly E-W was down by nine. After trailing by as many as 11, E-W’s Edikal Seare and Tre’var Holland each split a pair of free throws and the Warriors ended the quarter down nine going into the fourth.
Woodward led Edmonds-Woodway (1-1) in scoring with a game-high 34 points, while Rice added 17 including four 3-pointers. Magaoay, despite early foul trouble, led Cascade (2-0) with 26. Gotell was next with 19 and McGrath finished with 16. The Warriors next travel to Blanchet Saturday for another non-conference game and Cascade faces Everett Friday night.
Edmonds-Woodway 18 21 12 19-70
Cascade 22 20 18 18-75
E-W-Woodward 34, Lozynskyy, Holland 5, Tillman, Edwards 5, Knowles 4, Seare 1, Rice 17, Peterson, Becker 2, Eck
Cascade-Blackmon 8, Magaoay 28, Bryant 2, McGrath 16, Stewart, Kolly 1, Hancock, Gotell 19, Poole
— By Jeff Smarr