Prep boys basketball: Warriors, Mavs see seasons end with Friday losses


Meadowdale’s and Edmonds-Woodway’s boys basketball teams both hoped to advance from Friday’s loser-out District 1 tournament games at Jackson High School. In fact, a pair of wins would set up a showdown Saturday between the two rivals with a berth in the state regionals at stake. Instead, thanks to both teams suffering from a scoring drought in their respective games, their seasons came to an end with losses: Meadowdale lost to Shorecrest 70-55 and Edmonds-Woodway was defeated by Arlington 62-28.

The Mavericks played the first game of the night against the Scots from Shorecrest. After watching the Scots open with six straight points, the Mavs’ Will Schafer led a charge to close the gap to two after the first quarter. Haben Tekle’s 3-pointer gave Meadowdale its first lead of the game at 18-17 early in the second quarter. It would turn out to be the last lead of the contest as the Scots scored the next six points and led 33-27 at the break.

The third quarter proved to be Meadowdale’s downfall as the Mavs went scoreless until the 2:52 mark of the frame, when Colton Walsh split a pair of free throws. By this time, the Scots had scored 13 straight, opening up a 19-point lead. The Mavs bounced back, scoring eight straight of their own, only to have the Scots’ JD Scott hit a half-court shot as time expired, giving the Shorecrest a 16-point advantage.
With their season on the line and seven seniors playing potentially their last minutes of high school basketball, the Mavs fought back, pulling within nine with a little over two minutes left. Schafer again led the rally with six of his game-high 16 points. Maverick coach Roger O’Neill spoke highly of Schafer, ”He’s a skilled basketball player, but more than that he’s a great leader,” O’Neill said.

The Scots’ JD Scott again put the dagger in the Mavs, hitting back-to-back 3s to extend the lead to what would turn out the be the final difference of 15. O’Neill then let the seniors earn the ovation they earned, bringing in the future to play the final minute of the season. “Our guys always kept fighting and we were chipping away,” said O’Neill. If maybe we’d had a few more minutes, we could have come back.”

Two weeks ago, the Mavericks weren’t even sure they’d be in the District tournament, having to survive a play-in game just to get here. O’Neill was proud of the way the team came together down the stretch, ”We just kept getting better. It took awhile to find our identity, and guys just evolved and learned their roles.”

The seven Maverick seniors were Schafer, who lead the team with 16 points; Daniel Barhoum,who had 11; Justin Chambers with 10; Drew Harvey with 2; Okeoma Okoro with 2 plus Mason Harvey and Tommy Dimmock. “Happy looking back at all the memories,” said Schafer, “but sad the way it ended.”

Shorecrest (18-5) 17 16 19 18 -70
Meadowdale (12-12) 15 12 9 19-55

Meadowdale Scoring: Will Schafer 16, Colton Walsh 6, Drew Harvey 2, Daniel Barhoum 11, Cole Nelson 2, Haben Tekle 6, Justin Chambers 10, Okeoma Okoro 2

Friday’s second game had the Warriors’ Noah Becker and Michael Epoch get early steals, which converted to lay-ins, and Epoch hitting a deep 3 and a pair of free throws to give the Warriors a 9-7 lead with just two minutes gone in the game. Arlington would then score 35 of the last 37 points in the first half, putting the game out of reach as the Eagles carried a 42-11 lead into intermission.

“It’s just one of those games,”said Warrior coach Robert Brown. “I think we shot in single digits for the game, and I doubt that’s ever happened in the history of this program.”

The second half saw the Warriors defense intensity increase, as they held Arlington to only 20 points, but their shooting woes continued, scoring six points in the 3rd period and 11 in the fourth for a final total of only 28 to Arlington’s 62.

“I’ve been blessed with a great group of kids and that’s a credit to their parents,” said Brown. “There’s no quit in them and they continued to battle and battle all night.”

Friday’s game was the final in a Warrior uniform for Epoch, Becker, Kameron Eck abnd Uchenna Acholonu. “They’re a great group of kids,” said Brown.

Arlington (16-8) 16 28 8 12 -64
Ed-Woodway (13-10) 9 2 6 11 -28

Warrior Scoring: Uchenna Acholonu 2, Mutdong Bol 2, Chinedu Acholonu 4, Michael Epoch 9, Noah Becker 5, Kameron Eck 6,

— By Jeff Smarr

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