Meadowdale comes up short against Arlington | Boys basketball

By David Pan | Feb 23, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Meadowdale’s Mason Harvey attempts a shot against Arlington’s Campbell Hudson.

Meadowdale’s first appearance at the district tournament in six years ended with a loss.

Arlington coasted to an 80-48 victory in a loser-out 3A District 1 boys basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Arlington High School.

The Mavericks trailed 32-18 at halftime and then were outscored 48-30 in the second half.

“It didn’t end the way we wanted,” Meadowdale coach Roger O’Neill said of the Mavericks’ final game of the season. “We thought we could go up and compete with Arlington. The game got away from us.”

Still O’Neill was proud that Meadowdale ended its playoff drought, in large part due to the hard work of his seniors.

“They should feel good about what we accomplished,” he said. “These things don’t turn around right away. … We’re going to set our goals higher and try to break through next year and get a regional berth.”

Senior Xavier Meekins led the Mavericks with 11 points and senior Zach Walsh contributed 9 points.

Turnovers hurt the Mavericks and they enabled the Eagles to set the tempo of the game, O’Neill said.

“I felt if we had taken care of the ball a little better and taken a few better shots maybe things would have gone a little bit differently,” he said.

O’Neill coached the seniors – Kingston Bactad, Drew Tingstad, Zach Plummer, Walsh and Meekins – for three years, the last two as varsity coach.

“Their contributions to the program are huge in helping us go in the right direction,” O’Neill said.

The future looks promising with a junior varsity team that went 17-2 and a talented freshman class.

“There are going to be some hard decisions to make,” O’Neill said. “I feel like we have more varsity talent than we have spots. It’s a good problem to have. I look forward to seeing how the guys compete and get better.”

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