Raequan Battle of Marysville-Pilchuck leaps above Arlington defenders. Brandon Adam/Staff Photo

M-P’s Battle shines in second half

MARYSVILLE — Marysville-Pilchuck sophomore Raequan Battle admits he wasn’t feeling like himself in the first half, but it didn’t matter as he was lights-out in the clutch…double-overtime clutch.

“In the first half I was thinking too much,” Battle said. “So I just cleared my mind.”

Battle had a scoreless first half in M-P’s heated basketball game against rival Arlington, but he came through landing two 3-pointers in double overtime to spark the Tomahawks to a 66-58 win.

But Battle wanted none of the glory. “It was all just trusting my teammates,” he said.

M-P, entering the Wesco 3A game with a conference record of 3-4 to Arlington’s 5-2, ended the first three quarters trailing.

But in the fourth quarter, M-P outscored Arlington 23-19. Battle penetrated the inside and hit free throws. With less than 20 seconds left and M-P ahead 52-51, Arlington sophomore Anthony Whitis missed a free throw after sinking one to tie it at 52-52.

Arlington senior Drew Bryson opened the first overtime with a field goal. Bryson was a formidable shooter throughout the game, landing a game-high five 3-pointers. The Eagles sought ball control to run down the clock. With 1 minute, 50 seconds left, Arlington got a turnover, and again looked to control the ball rather than shoot.

After a Whitis field goal, and Arlington ahead 56-53, M-P took a timeout at 45.5 seconds. Battle came back out and landed a game-tying 3-pointer.

“That was one of our set plays,” Battle said. “We would just fake it to one of our deep-three shooters, and they would just kick it up to me at the top.”

In the second overtime, Battle landed his second and final 3 at the start, and the Tomahawks took off on a game-winning run with Battle again leading the way.

“We hit some good free throws, but Battle is just special,” M-P coach Bary Gould said. “You can’t stop him.”

Battle ended the game with a game-high 26 points.

“Arlington is such a tough program. They do some many good things,” Gould said. “For us to beat them is huge for us.

Gould said he was impressed with his young team’s composure with only one starting senior. With players like freshman Luke Dobler leading M-P with four 3-pointers, and sophomore Josiah Gould second in scoring with 14 points, Gould said it was an all-around team effort.

“Our inexperience showed for us at times at situational stuff,” Gould said. “But we played well enough to win.”

To curb that inexperience, Gould strategically used timeouts in overtime to organize plays.

“Because we lack experience it’s like we have to draw it it up specifically to say, ‘Hey, this is what we have to do offensively and defensively,’” Gould said. “But for those guys to be able to focus on those timeouts in this environment is pretty cool.”

More in Sports

3 locals make All State; others also honored by leagues

Two local athletes were named All State recently in boys basketball, and… Continue reading

Luke Dobler of M-P made the first team. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
M-P has 8, Arlington 6, MG 4 on All-Wesco North teams

Marysville-Pilchuck had eight athletes selected to winter-season Wesco 3A North all-league teams,… Continue reading

Steve Powell/Staff Photo 
                                The White family consists of Craig, Cayden, Alivia and Andie.
Wrestling is life for Marysville-Pilchuck’s White family

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe.com MARYSVILLE – Many families wrestle with what to… Continue reading

The girls on the bench show a range of emotions at the clock winds down. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
Arlington girls coach: They’ll be back

By Steve Powell spowell@arlingtontimes.com TACOMA - Joe Marsh’s Arlington girls basketball team’s… Continue reading

Arlington girls basketball team members celebrate as the horn sounds to end the upset against Eastside Catholic Saturday. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
Arlington girls stun No. 1 team, end up 3rd at state

By Steve Powell spowell@arlingtontimes.com TACOMA - For most of the game Arlington… Continue reading

M-P loses to Wilson, ousted from state playoffs

TACOMA – Marysville-Pilchuck gutted out a tough performance, but still was knocked… Continue reading

M-P loses, still has shot at trophy; Lakewood ousted

No. 4 Garfield whipped No. 3 Marysville-Pilchuck Thursday morning 74-53, but the… Continue reading

M-P loses, still has shot at trophy; Lakewood ousted

No. 4 Garfield whipped No. 3 Marysville-Pilchuck Thursday morning 74-53, but the… Continue reading

Brady Phelps makes a behind-the-back pass. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
After OT loss, M-P plays at state at Tacoma Dome Wednesday morning

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe.com Cameron Stordahl scored 25 points to lead Marysville-Pilchuck… Continue reading

Blake Conyers and Shae Dixon double team the ball on the press. Lakewood’s defense sparked the comeback. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
Sophomore sparks Lakewood to state in Yakima

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe.com MOUNT VERNON – Seniors have led Lakewood’s boys… Continue reading

Knight scores 29, but No. 2 Wilson too much for MG at Dome

TACOMA – Marysville Getchell’s first trip to state at the Tacoma Dome… Continue reading

Stordahl scores 25 to lead M-P to win at Tacoma Dome

TACOMA – Cameron Stordahl scored 25 points to lead Marysville-Pilchuck to a… Continue reading