Warriors basketball roundup: Boys win at buzzer, girls lose in games vs. Chargers

Down by 10 points with less than three minutes to go, the Edmonds-Woodway boys basketball rallied to defeat the Marysville-Getchell Chargers 60-57 Friday at home. Senior Bryan Bunyatipanon was the Warriors’ hero for the night with back-to-back threes that both tied and won the game, the latter coming off a Mutdung Bol steal with only four seconds to go.

The majority of Bunyatipanon’s 19 points came from driving down into the low post, but he chose to expand his scoring from beyond the arc for the final two possessions. “It comes all from my teammates trusting me and they trust each other to contribute on offense and defense,” Bunyatipanon said. “(Assistant) Coach (Darrell) McNeal told me I need to play with more confidence this year.”

The Warriors won the tip-off and secured the first score of the game, but after that the Chargers were in complete control for the majority of the contest. Marysville-Getchell led by double digits in the first, second and third quarters, and the Warriors struggled to suppress Charger Josiah Koellmer’s offensive explosion of 17 points across the first three quarters, nine of which came off threes.

While Chargers guard Makhai Knight, an Oregon State commit, wasn’t the elite scoring force fans are accustomed to seeing almost every night, he still moved the ball effectively. Whether passing to Will Dunn, Alex Owens or Austin Townsend, Knight’s facilitating seemed impenetrable, even when Warriors’ Coach Robert Brown developed schemes to trap him.

But the Warriors were able to prevail by holding Koellmer to zero in the fourth quarter and keeping Knight — who finished with a still-respectable 16 points, under his scoring average for the game. Warrior senior guard Mutdung Bol, who led with a game-high 21 points and came up with the decisive steal for the game winner, had his hands full throughout the night guarding Knight.

“I pride myself on defense,” Bol said. “I watch film a lot and I see his (Knight’s) tendencies so I try to focus on those and really try to stop him.”

Edmonds-Woodway’s triumphant finish came off a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter that started with a bucket from senior Nikko McNeal, who finished with eight points on the night. From then on, Bol and Bunyatipanon carried the team on their backs, accounting for each of the Warriors’ final 13 points. With consecutive layups from the two, and a huge three from Bol, the Warriors had the gymnasium practically rumbling.

Knight then lofted a soft floater from within the paint to keep the Chargers’ lead at three, but Coach Brown did not let the Warriors’ effort waver.

“No excuses, but with the time off (for this week’s snow), our rhythm was out of sync, our rotation was out of sync, the effort that we know we have to give [was out of sync],” Brown said. “Kids get out of practice, kids forget how hard you have to play to win a game and I think it just it kept manifesting itself, like…oh yeah, I remember doing this. I remember running like this. I remember being tired like this. This is how I have to do it to win the game.’”

With the big win Friday, the Warriors will continue their four-game winning streak and host the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats Wednesday Jan. 22 at 7:15 p.m.

In other Edmonds-Woodway sports action Friday, the girls basketball team lost its second-straight Wesco League contest as the Marysville-Getchell Chargers bested the Lady Warriors 40-34 at Marysville-Getchell High School.

Maddy Grandbois led the Chargers in victory with 20 points; teammate Alexus Atkins added 10 points in the win.

The Warriors were led by the 12 points of AJ Martineau.

The upset loss came a day after E-W scored just 34 points in a loss to the Arlington Eagles at E-W.

Prep Boys Basketball: Marysville-Getchell at Edmonds-Woodway, Jan. 17

Marysville-Getchell                 18  19   12   8   — 57

Edmonds-Woodway                7   18    13  22  — 60

Edmonds-Woodway individual scoring: Mutdung Bol 21, Bryan Bunyatipanon 19, Nikko McNeal 8, Chinedu Acholonu 6, Nuer Bol 3, Tollak Crawford 2, Steele Swinton 1

Marysville-Getchell individual scoring: Josiah Koellmer 17, Malakhi Knight 16, Will Dunn 8, Alex Owens 7, Austin Townsend 5, Ryan Allison 4

Records: Edmonds-Woodway 4-2 in 3A Wesco League, 8-4 overall; Marysville-Getchell 3-3 in 3A Wesco League, 7-5 overall

Edmonds-Woodway next game: versus Archbishop Murphy; Friday, Jan. 22; 7:15 p.m. at Edmonds-Woodway

Prep Girls Basketball: Edmonds-Woodway at Marysville-Getchell, Jan. 17

Edmonds-Woodway 4 11 8 11 34

Marysville-Getchell 8   8 7 17 40

Edmonds-Woodway individual scoring: AJ Martineau 12, Jadyn Waram 6, Kaddy Kongira 5, Mia Dickenson 3, Brooke Kearney 3, Hazel Mills 3, Halle Waram 2, Maddie McMahon, Sydney Chappell

Marysville-Getchell individual scoring: Maddy Grandbois 20, Alexus Atkins 10, Madison Hagglund 7, Lysa Degracia 2, Faith Sherman 1, Brionna Palm, Ellie Jackson, Jayda Pittman, Beni Luboya

Records: Edmonds-Woodway 5-2 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 7-6 overall; Marysville-Getchell 2-5 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 5-8 overall

Edmonds-Woodway next game: versus Archbishop Murphy; Tuesday, Jan. 21; 7:15 p.m. at Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett

— By David Gillespie

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