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Down and out - Tomahawks season ends with losses to Mariner, Stanwood
MILL CREEK The look in their eyes said it all.
The rest of the Tomahawks starting lineup took the bench in the waning minutes of their Feb. 15 loss to Stanwood, the score already 64-43.
The defeat, their second in the boys 4A District 1 Tournament, was the end of their hopes for a state tournament appearance. After a 61-51 home-court loss to the Marauders of Mariner High School two nights earlier, the Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team had reached the last stop of their once-promising season.
Already on the bench waiting for them were Jared Stohl and junior guard Denay Stell, the latter having fouled out earlier in a last-ditch effort to swing the momentum back to M-P by forcing Stanwood to the free-throw line.
Stell buried his face in a towel; senior center Nathan Lozeau, in his hands. Those who looked up watched as Stanwood hit its last shots to win 67-47 and remain in the hunt for a state tournament berth.
And so despite a 16-4 finish to their regular season, the loss of leading scorer Stohl, to a strained collateral ligament against Oak Harbor, proved more than the Tommies could overcome.
In neither game, however, did the final score reflect the Tomahawks effort.
Against Stanwood, M-P burst out front with at 13-5 run, aided by a pair of first-quarter threes from senior Ricky Holm, whose four three-point baskets propelled him to a team-high 15 points.
Unfortunately for Tommie fans, the tide began to turn when Stanwood senior Derek Anderson started hitting his field goals, including a buzzer-beater to tie the quarter at 13-13.
Anderson and freshman Zach Johnson lit up the next eight minutes for Stanwood, combining for 14 of the teams 16 second-quarter and 22 of its 29 first-half points to end the half 29-22.
M-P came out swinging again to begin the third quarter, narrowing the scoring gap to 35-33 at one point, but after a big block by Eastern Washington University-bound Tommie senior Nathan Lozeau, Stanwood answered with a 12-2 run from which Marysville was never able to recover.
At 11 points down in the fourth quarter, the Tomahawks began fouling Stanwood, forcing the Spartans to keep their lead at the line. Stanwood answered with 67 percent free-throw shooting in the fourth, while the Tomahawks were unable to capitalize on their following possessions.
M-P coach Bary Gould had high praise for both teams after the game.
They did a nice job of withstanding our initial burst. They kept their composure and exploited our weaknesses, he said. Its tough to see this (season) come to an end. Theyre a great bunch of kids. I wouldnt have rather been in any other locker room.
The loss to Mariner Feb. 13 came in heartbreaking fashion. A close game 31 of its 32 minutes, Marysville led early and tied up a second half deficit with 6:12 left in the game with a three-point basket from senior Joey Fridrich. The Tomahawks never trailed by more than five points until, three points down with less than a minute left, the Tomahawks began sending the Marauders to the free-throw line to keep their lead.
Mariners Danny Chhann hit both his free throws, putting the Marauders up 53-48. The Marauders widened their lead with a steal by Mariners Jerrel Grant, forcing Marysville to send their opponents back to the charity stripe.
Marysville wouldnt hit another field goal the rest of the game, while Mariner was perfect at the line.
At Jackson H.S.
Stanwood 13 16 16 22 67
M-P 13 9 13 12 47
Stanwood Klempel 2, Monroe 21, Williams 1, Struiksma 6, Anderson 23, Johnson 10, Lipinski 4. M-P Holm 15, Scheller 4, Lamphere 2, Holtenrichs 2, Stell 2, Moser 6, Stevens 5, Lozeau 11. 3-point goals Monroe 1, Anderson 1, Holm 4, Stevens 1. Records Stanwood 14-8, M-P 16-6.
At M-P H.S.
Mariner 10 18 11 22 61
M-P 13 14 10 14 51
Mariner J. Dillon 24, Chhann 7, Peterson 2, T. Dillon 9, Grant 2, Bastys 4, Malysheff 4, Purnell 9. M-P Holm 12, Fridrich 6, Holthenrichs 9, Stell 1, Moser 8, Stevens 2, Lozeau 14. 3-point goals J. Dillon 3, T. Dillon 1, Holm 2, Fridrick 2, Holthenricks 2, Moser 1. Records Mariner 13-7, M-P 16-5.