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Marysville outshot by Kamiak
MUKILTEO — The Tommies took the Knights down to the wire, but ultimately suffered another close loss.
In a 68-60 Western Conference matchup Jan. 13, Marysville-Pilchuck held a lead with less than three minutes remaining but couldn’t hold on at Kamiak.
“One of these days, we’re going to be on the good side of these close ones,” said boys hoops coach Bary Gould, whose Tommies have lost four games by five points or less.
While the difference was more than five this time around, the Tommies trailed by three with 58 seconds remaining. But one missed shot and two errant passes in the final minute, while Kamiak went 5-for-6 at the free throw line, ended up doing M-P in.
“We put ourselves in position to win the game at the end, but we had a few mistakes and they made their free throws,” said Gould.
And while the score was high, Gould saw his boys’ defense force exactly the kind of shots they wanted Kamiak to shoot all night — the Knights just made them.
“They were extremely efficient on offense,” said Gould. “And we closed down the key, they were just making shots from all over outside.”
Kamiak made seven 3-pointers in the game, but killed M-P in the medium-range game, shooting better than 60 percent from the field. They were forced into that strategy by M-P posts Ryan Shannon and Jeffery Miles, who combined for 11 blocks.
Shannon, in particular, did everything he could to put the Tommies back in the win column, scoring a game-high 29 at a 73 percent clip while grabbing 13 rebounds and posting seven blocks — including hitting a 20-footer that he bobbled in midair while being fouled.
“Ryan had a great game earlier this week against Edmonds, and he’s really playing well right now,” said Gould of the junior forward.
The Tommies were forced to play catchup early on when the Knights led by as many as seven, but M-P took a small lead at the end of the third quarter behind some strong play by Connor Martinis and Dom Kiblinger.
In the end, however, it was not enough and M-P dropped to 2-7 in conference and 3-10 overall, but Gould was encouraged by what he saw.
“That’s the thing; they’re sad in the locker room, but if we played as hard as we did tonight all season, there are five or six games that we would have won,” he said.
M-P plays host to Wesco North leading Monroe at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21.