Edmonds-Woodway downs Meadowdale | Boys basketball

Warriors overcome 6-minute scoring drought in 4th quarter
By David Pan | Feb 01, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Mutdung Bol attempts a shot against Meadowdale.

Edmonds-Woodway made the plays when they mattered the most.

The Warriors overcame a six-minute scoreless stretch at the start of the fourth quarter with some clutch baskets and key steals in the final two minutes to defeat district rival Meadowdale 52-47 in a Wesco 3A boys basketball game Friday, Jan. 26, at Meadowdale High School.

“We played really well for three quarters and really badly for about six minutes,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Robert Brown.

The Warriors led 46-36 at the start of the fourth quarter but then saw the Mavericks gradually chip away at lead. A 3-pointer by Haben Tekle with 3:49 left in the game cut the Edmonds-Woodway advantage to 46-45. Senior Michael Epoch then recorded a steal and basket to give the Warriors a 48-45 lead.

A Tekle putback basket again trimmed the Edmonds-Woodway lead to 48-47.

Senior Uchenna Acholonu was fouled after a hitting a shot and made his free throw to extend the Warriors’ advantage to 51-47.

Then with less than 30 seconds remaining, Edmonds-Woodway senior Noah Becker stole a Meadowdale pass to effectively seal the Warriors’ victory. Edmonds-Woodway sophomore Mutdung Bol made one of two free throws to close out the scoring.

“We’ve been working on finishing games,” said Becker, who scored a team-high 16 points. “We’ve been struggling the past few games, losing by a couple of points. We’ve just been working on lowering our turnovers and just working on getting transitions on the floor.”

Edmonds-Woodway was coming off back-to-back losses to Shorecrest and Mountlake Terrace.

Bol scored 10 points and Acholonu had 8 points. Meadowdale was led by senior Justin Chambers, who scored 19 points, and sophomore Colton Walsh, who finished with 10 points.

Brown said that the Warriors’ offense got stagnant at the start of the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t play through their adjustments very well and it kind of showed,” Brown said. “We got real stagnant for about six minutes and then we snapped out of it, made some plays and ended the game.”

Edmonds-Woodway may have been distracted by the double-digit lead at the start of the fourth quarter, Brown said. The Warriors stopped moving the ball against Meadowdale, he added.

“We just fell apart for six minutes,” Brown said.

“We were just trying to do our best out there,” Becker added.

Brown added that moving forward the Warriors have the skills to be a good team.

“We just can’t have six minute lapses against good teams,” Brown said. “We have the ability. We showed it through the game and the very end of the game.”

Meadowdale coach Roger O’Neill was disappointed by the Mavericks’ turnovers in the first half. Meadowdale coughed the ball up 15 times.

Meadowdale trailed 20-8 after the first quarter and went into halftime down 32-19. The Mavericks outscored the Warriors 13-6 in the fourth quarter to cut the 10-point deficit to 5 points by the end of the game.

“We spotted them a whole bunch of points early in the game again this time,” O’Neill said.

The Mavericks led 8-4 but then the Warriors went on a 16-0 run.

Meadowdale only had five turnovers in the second half, but three of them were in the last three minutes of the game.

“They came at a bad time at the end of the game,” O’Neill said. “The message to the team is that it stinks to be that close and not finish. It’s attention to details. Every silly mistake in the first quarter matters.”

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