Cold shooting spell dooms Warriors | Boys basketball

By David Robert Pan | Feb 22, 2018

Edmonds-Woodway was well within striking distance of Arlington – 16-9 – after the first quarter of a loser-out 3A District 1 boys basketball game.

Then the Warriors encountered a cold shooting spell of epic proportions in the second quarter, while the Eagles hit basket after basket.

Edmonds-Woodway wasn’t able to recover after being outscored 26-2 and Arlington rolled to a 62-28 victory Friday, Feb. 16, at Jackson High School.

The 28 points was a season low for the Warriors and the fewest points ever scored by the team under coach Robert Brown. Edmonds-Woodway lost 64-60 to Arlington during the regular season and the Eagles didn’t do anything different on defense this time.

“We got our normal shots,” Brown said. “They just wouldn’t go in.”

The Warriors switched up personnel in an attempt to jump start the offense.

“It just didn’t come together for us,” Brown said. “We didn’t play defense very well in the first half. If we had defended better, the guys might have had a better feeling.”

Senior Michael Epoch scored 9 points for Edmonds-Woodway (13-10).

Arlington went on to defeat Shorecrest 64-50 to secure the district’s third and final berth to the state regional playoffs.

Edmonds-Woodway rebounded from its first round loss to Stanwood with a 64-41 victory over Everett in a loser-out game Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

The Warriors seized control of the game with a 21-7 second quarter performance. Sophomore Mutdung Bol scored 16 points and Epoch added 14 points. Senior Uchenna Acholonu finished with 12 points.

“I told the kids it was a good season,” Brown said. “You had a lot of guys playing new roles. Kids who have been in the program had their roles tremendous expanded. We had sophomores coming up to play varsity. They had big roles on varsity. The guys learned a lot. They grew up a lot.”

It was fun season watching them grow.”

Four seniors – Noah Becker, Kameron Eck, Acholonu and Epoch – will be graduating but the team’s leading scorer, Bol, will be back.

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