High School Sports
Northwest 3A District basketball tournament: Meadowdale boys win opener
Seattle Times staff reporter
LYNNWOOD — Jake Linton missed five of seven three-point shots. Larod Lover took only three shots in the entire game, and Chris Rohrbach scored just five points, the fewest of the three Meadowdale guards.
But the trio made their presence felt on defense, especially in the fourth quarter, as the Mavericks forced eight turnovers in the final period in beating Sedro-Woolley 62-53 last night in the opening round of the Northwest 3A District boys basketball tournament at Meadowdale High School.
Meadowdale (15-6) entered last night's game having lost three of its last five regular-season games, and trailed by as many as seven points in the second quarter. Unfazed, the Mavericks stuck with their inside-outside offense and created chances with their ball-hawking defense to avoid the Cubs' upset bid.
The Mavericks, seeded third in the district tournament, advanced to play Sehome (14-7) tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in a semifinal game at Mount Vernon High School. Sehome beat Lynnwood 63-57 last night in a first-round game.
Two more victories in the district tournament guarantees Meadowdale a state tournament berth.
"I think we wore them out," Meadowdale Coach Chad McGuire said of the Cubs. We had some good guard pressure. At halftime, we just talked about staying with the game plan. That last four minutes of the fourth quarter, they didn't get many good looks."
The Cubs (10-11) featured two of the Northwest 3A League's most prolific scorers in forward Adrian Cook and guard Jon Baird, both averaging about 18 points a game. Cook scored 13 points, but made just one of six shots in the fourth quarter, and Baird had 14 but only four points in the second half.
Sedro-Woolley started the game with three straight turnovers and trailed 6-0, but made 18 of 25 shots in the first three quarters.
Cook, a 6-foot-4 senior, had a chance to give S-W a lead with 4:11 left to play and Meadowdale leading 50-49. After opening the quarter tied at 43, Meadowdale had taken a five-point lead thanks to junior guard Taylor Marsh's layup and three Grant Schroff free throws.
The Cubs closed the gap, and Cook was all alone with the basket in front of him after a steal. But he missed a dunk, and the Mavericks went on to finish the game on a 12-4 run.
"That was huge," Linton said.
Meadowdale parlayed 19 free-throw chances in the fourth quarter into 13 points, and, led by Rohrbach, Lover and Linton on the perimeter, overwhelmed the Cubs on defense.
Marsh came off the bench to lead the Mavericks with 14 points, and Tyler Milam added 13. Baird paced the sixth-seeded Cubs, who play Lynnwood tomorrow in a loser-out game at 6:30 p.m. at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon.
At Sehome 63, Lynnwood 57 — Drew Matzen poured in 28 points for Lynnwood but it wasn't enough to prevent the Mariners from Bellingham taking the first-round victory in the Northwest 3A District opener. The loss knocked the Royals (7-14) in the consolation bracket, where they will need a win over Sedro-Woolley tomorrow night to stay alive in the postseason.
Matzen, a 6-foot-4 senior forward-center, also had 10 rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots for the Royals.
Blake Baxter scored 23 points for Sehome (14-7), including seven in the second period when the Mariners outscored the Royals 18-9 for a 35-23 halftime lead.
At Bellingham 62, Anacortes 49 — Tim Ireland scored 20 points and Brandon Foote added 15 points for the Northwest 3A League champion Red Raiders (16-5).
At Squalicum 53, Burlington-Edison 52 — Derrick Koontz scored 25 points for the Storm (13-8) in the first-round victory.