Mavericks claim first district win since 2011 | Boys basketball

By David Pan | Feb 22, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Will Schafer looks to pass the ball against Ferndale.

The Meadowdale boys basketball program took another step forward this season.

The Mavericks recorded their first district playoff victory since 2011 when they defeated Ferndale 60-55 in a loser-out game Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Meadowdale High School.

Senior Justin Chambers scored a game-high 21 points and senior Will Schafer added 12. Senior Okeoma Okoro had 10 points.

Meadowdale’s season then came to an end with a 70-55 loss to Shorecrest in another loser-out contest Friday, Feb. 16, at Jackson High School.

Schafer scored 16 points and senior Daniel Barhoum had 11 points. Chambers finished with 10 points.

Meadowdale trailed 33-27 at halftime.

“We were hanging right with them,” Meadowdale coach Roger O’Neill said of his team’s play in the first half. “The third quarter we go on a drought and they kind of get rolling.”

Shorecrest eventually extended its lead to 18 points in the second half before Meadowdale (12-12) made a late charge to cut the deficit to eight points with about two minutes left in the game. The Scots (18-6) then answered with back-to-back 3s to put the game out of reach.

“We crept back into the game,” O’Neill said. “The guys never gave up.”

The Mavericks graduate seven seniors that have led the Mavericks to back-to-back district tournament appearances.

“It’s going to be tough,” O’Neill said of losing the seven. “A lot of these guys I’ve coached for four years. … More than the big impact on the court is the kind of people they are. They are leaders and high character kids. I’m proud of who they’ve become. It’ll be hard to replace them.”

Chambers, in particular, finished the regular season and postseason strong. Since late December, he was averaging 18 points and 7 rebounds a game.

“He’s just been terrific the last half of the year,” O’Neill said. “He helped us a lot by scoring. But if he had to, he would have helped us in other ways. He’s done that too.”

Sophomore Colton Walsh will be a returning starter and likely will be joined by a number of his sophomore teammates next year.

O’Neill sees plenty of talent in the program, noting that the junior varsity team went 19-1.

“It’ll be different. We will not be quite as long and athletic,” O’Neill said. “We’re have more shooters and more ability to stretch the floor.”

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