Up-and-down week for Edmonds-Woodway | Boys basketball

Warriors defeat Arlington, then misfire against Marysville-Getchell
By David Pan | Jan 17, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Karsen Tjarneberg is guarded by Arlington’s Griffin Gardoski during a Wesco 3A game Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Much like the first part of the regular season, Edmonds-Woodway experienced some ups and downs last week.

The Warriors rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to knock off second-place Arlington 74-71 in a Wesco 3A boys basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Two days later however, the Warriors fell behind by 14 points in the first quarter and could not overcome the horrendous start in a 63-48 road loss to Marysville-Getchell.

Edmonds-Woodway coach Robert Brown said that the Warriors’ relative inexperience didn’t help the team carry its momentum from the victory over the Eagles to the next contest.

“These are fairly new guys to varsity basketball,” Brown said. “You have to learn how to deal with success. … After the victory over Arlington, one of the top teams, I don’t think we dealt with the success of that victory very well. Getchell is vastly improved. They’ve been getting better. We couldn’t score any buckets against them.”

The Warriors (4-3 in the league, 8-5 overall) trailed 18-4 after the first quarter.

“We just didn’t respond defensively,” Brown said. “Eighteen points in the first quarter, we didn’t show up defensively.”

Edmonds-Woodway cut the deficit to 34-29 at halftime but again could not sustain the rally in the second half as the Chargers (5-3, 7-7) outscored the Warriors 29-19 to secure the victory.

“I don’t feel like we got into any kind of a rhythm,” Brown said. “We couldn’t get over the hump, getting down so big in the beginning.”

The Warriors have not trailed by that many points in the first quarter in any other of their games this season.

“That was definitely a shocker,” Brown said. “That let the guys know they have to play at a higher level and be more consistent. I think they learned a little bit. We let one get away.”

Junior Mutdung Bol led Edmonds-Woodway to victory over Arlington (6-2, 10-4) with a season-high 38 points.

But the victory wasn’t just due to Bol’s offensive prowess.

Junior Elijah Thomas scored 13 points and junior Chinedu Acholonu added 10 points.

“They really played as a team. That’s important,” Brown said. “Everything was in the flow. (Bol) passed the ball when he needed to.”

Senior Karsten Tjarneberg finished with only 5 points but they were key points late in the game.

“Karsen made a 3 and then he made two free throws to get us up by three,” Brown said. “He helped us. He was huge. Mutdung did a lot of things. Chinedu did his job good. He played great defense. Nikko (McNeal) played great defense. That was more of a team win.”

Edmonds-Woodway ended the week in a tie with district rival Lynnwood (4-3, 5-8) tie for fifth place in the league.

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