Meadowdale loses to Scots | Boys basketball
Last updated 2/14/2019 at Noon
Meadowdale came up short against Shorecrest literally.
The Mavericks didn’t have an answer for 6-foot-9 senior center Calvin Acker, who scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Scots to a 61-46 victory in a 3A District 1 play-in game Thursday, Feb. 7, at Meadowdale High School.
The loss ended the Mavericks’ season but it wasn’t for lack of trying. All hope for a victory appeared lost when Shorecrest took a 48-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
But a 12-2 start to the fourth quarter that including a pair of 3-pointers by sophomore Cole Nelson and junior Hunter Moen sliced the deficit to 50-42 with 4:38 left in the game.
Senior Antonio Stillwell then hit a 3-pointer to spark an 11-4 run that sealed the victory for the Scots and helped them advance to the district tournament. Stillwell scored 17 points.
Coach Roger O’Neill was proud of the way the Mavericks closed out the game.
“Even with us being down 18 points and having every excuse in the book our guys kept fighting,” he said.
Meadowdale (10-10) struggled early on against Shorecrest (12-8), falling behind 19-7 in the first quarter. The Mavericks closed the period on an 8-0 run and only trailed 19-15. The Mavericks were down 23-19 when Acker went to work, scoring 9 points. By the time he was done, Shorecrest went into halftime ahead 39-21.
“A 6-9 guy is hard to stop,” O’Neill said. “Our two guys inside, Ray (Free) and Nick (Buckley) both got into early foul trouble. It was hard to stop Acker inside.”
Meadowdale senior Kade Styles scored a team-high 16 points and Nelson 11 points. Moen finished with 8 points and Free had 7.
The Mavericks came into the postseason without their top two scorers Colton Walsh and Haben Tekle, both of whom were lost to season-ending injuries. That mean Meadowdale could ill afford to fall too far behind its opponents despite being a strong defensive and rebounding team.
“We weren’t necessarily built to come from behind,” O’Neill said. “We just kept getting stops defensively.”
Shorecrest’s length also stymied the Mavericks’ offense and their attempts for high percentage shots.
“We were trying to make perimeter shots,” O’Neill said.
E-W OPENS PLAY: The Edmonds-Woodway boys basketball team is scheduled to face Stanwood in a first-round 3A District 1 tournament game at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14 at Stanwood High School.