Spartans down Warriors | Boys basketball

By David Pan | Feb 15, 2018

Even down three of its key players, Edmonds-Woodway battled to the end against Stanwood.

But the Warriors weren’t able to overcome the Spartans, who prevailed 68-64 in a first round 3A District 1 boys basketball tournament game Saturday, Feb. 10, in Stanwood.

“It was a back and forth game,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Robert Brown said. “It was hard to play them in their gym. Their kids did a good job.”

Edmonds-Woodway (12-9) took a 20-16 lead in the first quarter before Stanwood (15-6) rallied in the second quarter to head into halftime with 38-32 advantage. The Warriors outscored the Spartans 20-14 in the third quarter, as the two teams headed into the final period tied at 52.

Three Edmonds-Woodway players, including Mutdung Bol, who led the Warriors with 24 points, fouled out of the contest. Senior Uchenna Acholonu, sophomore
Chinedu Acholonu and Bol had not fouled out of any other game this season.

“The guys played really hard,” Brown said. “I feel like if we didn’t have the foul trouble … we would have been in a much better position to win that game.”

Edmonds-Woodway’s Michael Epoch scored 18 points and Noah Becker finished with 14 points.

The Warriors were scheduled to take on Everett in a loser-out game on Wednesday, Feb. 14, after the Beacon’s deadline. Edmonds-Woodway defeated the Seagulls 56-46 during the regular season.

“I think if we play with the same intensity we played with at Stanwood, we’ll put ourselves in a good position,” Brown said.

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