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Meadowdale comes up just short of a state playoff berth | Boys basketball

 

Last updated 2/27/2020 at 11:35am



Meadowdale almost did the improbable.

After losing its leading scorer and its district opener against Edmonds-Woodway, the Mavericks rebounded with back-to-back wins and almost pulled out a third victory before falling 50-40 to Marysville-Getchell in a winner-to-state/loser-out 3A District 1 boys basketball tournament game Saturday, Feb. 22, at Everett Community College.

Meadowdale coach Roger O’Neill noted that everyone was feeling down after seeing senior Colton Walsh go down with a leg injury during a 69-45 loss to Edmonds-Woodway Feb. 15 at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

But at Monday’s practice, the Mavericks were fired up.

“They came in with energy and were ready to go,” O’Neill said.

Meadowdale defeated Squalicum 69-55 in overtime in the first of three loser-out contests Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Meadowdale High School. Junior Cole Nelson scored 24 points and junior Leonardo Baquian added 17. Senior Hunter Moen finished with 13 and senior Mason Vaughn had 11. The Storm beat the Mavericks earlier in the regular season.

“Everyone just stepped up,” O’Neill said. “We made a bunch of 3s.”

The Mavericks then knocked off No. 2 seed Stanwood 70-62 Friday, Feb. 21, at Jackson High School. Moen led Meadowdale with 25 points. Baquian finished with 18 and Vaughn had 11. The Spartans also defeated the Mavericks during the regular season.

“We went toe to toe with them. We made a few more shots in the second half,” O’Neill said.

Meadowdale led 32-26 at halftime and extended its lead 55-44 at the end of the third quarter.

The Mavericks might have won its third straight loser-out district game over the Chargers but struggled with their shots, especially in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter.

“Credit goes to the Getchell defense,” O’Neill said. “They were pretty physical. We went cold compared to the night before. We had some good looks on Wednesday and Friday. We had some wide-open 3s. Saturday, we had to work hard for every good look.”

Marysville-Getchell’s Malaki Knight scored a game-high 22 points and took over on offense for the Chargers.

“He hit two or three tough shots,” O’Neill said. “He kind of won the game for them.”

O’Neill described Meadowdale’s playoff run as a total team effort, with every player picking up the slack. Nelson and Baquian stepped up their play in Walsh’s absence.

“They flipped the switch and were really aggressive on offense,” O’Neill said. “Mason Vaughn turned up his energy another notch. I didn’t think it was possible for one person to do.”

 

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