E-W advances to state regionals | Boys basketball
Edmonds-Woodway rebounded from a tough loss to Wesco 3A champion Stanwood to defeat Arlington 59-58 in a loser-out 3A District 1 boys basketball game Saturday, Feb 18, at Jackson High School and earn a berth to the state regional tournament.
The Warriors had to rally from a 13-point halftime deficit to knock off the Eagles.
“We showed some resiliency,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Robert Brown said of his team’s comeback. “For the guys to battle back and not quit, it showed a lot of heart and they showed they wanted to keep playing.”
After taking a 17-14 lead in the first quarter, the Warriors were outscored 23-7 in the second period and went into halftime trailing 37-24.
Edmonds-Woodway came out strong in the third quarter and chipped away at the deficit, reducing it to 49-46, as the two teams headed to the final period. The game went back and forth in the fourth quarter with the teams trading leads.
Eventually, the Warriors secured the lead with free throws at the end. Senior Keaton McKay led Edmonds-Woodway with 18 points and junior Noah Becker contributed 13 points.
Senior center Ryan Peterson scored 9 points before fouling out late in the final period.
“We needed every one of them,” Brown said. “He did a really good job around the basket finishing.”
McKay, the Warriors’ leading scorer, is attracting a lot of attention from the opposition.
“He’s figuring out a way to get it done,” Brown said.
Becker also has become a major scoring presence in the playoffs. The junior standout is continuing to develop his game.
“We need his scoring. He’s one of those kids who can do a lot of things,” Brown said. “He’s unselfish to a fault. He doesn’t know how athletic he is. … I’m trying to get him to understand we need you to be assertive, not selfish.”
Becker scored a team-high 19 points in a 77-54 loss to Stanwood in a district semifinal game Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Jackson High School.
The Warriors only trailed 11-9 after the first quarter but then saw the Spartans dominate the second quarter with a 25-10 performance.
Edmonds-Woodway plays league rival Shorecrest in a loser-out state regional game at 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, at Bothell High School. The Scots edged the Warriors 68-67 in their only meeting of the season on Jan. 19.
Brown is telling his players, most of whom have limited playoff experience, to enjoy the postseason ride.
“Every step for these guys is a new step,” Brown said. “The level of competition ratchets up. There are no easy days. You just have to get used to a higher level of competition. They have to enjoy this journey. Nothing is promised. Sixteen teams get to this point.”