Warriors searching for consistency | Boys basketball

E-W wins back-to-back league games for the 1st time this season
By David Pan | Jan 18, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Uchenna Acholonu (center) weaves his way past Arlilngton’s Griffen Gardoski and Anthony Whitis,

Edmonds-Woodway is hoping the performances and results in its last two games are a trend that continues the rest of the season.

Coming into this week, the Warriors had yet to win back-to-back league games. But following a 64-60 loss to Arlington on Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Warriors prevailed 74-49 over Snohomish on Friday, Jan. 12, and then defeated Oak Harbor 83-58 on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Wesco 3A boys basketball action.

“We’re up and down,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Robert Brown said. “Right now we’re fighting to get some consistency.”

Two of the Warriors missed five games over the holiday break due to a family vacation, so having those players back helped, the Edmonds-Woodway coach added.

Edmonds-Woodway (4-3 in the league, 9-6 overall) shot about 30 percent in the loss to the Eagles, while Arlington (4-2, 10-5) made about 50 percent of their field goals. The fast-break, pressure-defense minded Warriors weren’t able to get out on the run as much as they wanted to.

“They did a good job of not letting us do what we wanted to do,” Brown said. “They were keeping the tempo they wanted. We didn’t do a good job of imposing our will on them. … They threw us different looks. They are a long team. They are really good at challenging shots. We weren’t making very many shots.”

Even with all of the shooting woes, Edmonds-Woodway only trailed the Eagles 27-26 at halftime and 45-41 after three quarters.

Senior Michael Epoch scored 15 points and sophomore Mutdung Bol added 12 points for the Warriors. Senior Noah Becker had 11 points.

Arlington’s Anthony White led all scorers with 16 points. Three other Eagles scored in double figures – Jaren Carey (13 points), Dele Aribiboba (11) and Josh Gutierrez (11).

Brown noted that the Warriors seemed to be more in sync against the Panthers. Becker scored a game-high 22 points and Epoch finished with 15 points. Sophomore Chinedu Acholonu added 12 points and senior Kameron Eck had 10 points. The Warriors shot much better, connecting on about 40 percent of their field goals.

Edmonds-Woodway and Snohomish battled to a 12-12 tie in the first quarter. The Warriors took a 36-27 lead into halftime and then extended the lead to 55-39 at the end of the third quarter.

Four players scored in double figures to lead the Warriors past the Wildcats. Erroll Richards scored a team-high 16 points for Edmonds-Woodway.

An 86-57 loss to Stanwood on Tuesday, Jan. 2, exposed a key area that Edmonds-Woodway needs to play close attention to the rest of the year, Brown said.

“We have to rebound well. We’re smaller than a lot of teams,” he said.

Brown said that balanced scoring continues to be a strength of the Warriors. Four players are averaging double figures or close to double figures.

“There are more than enough shots to go around,” Brown said.

Edmonds-Woodway faces its stiffest test of the season against first place Shorecrest (6-0, 12-2) at 7:15 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19, at Edmonds-Woodway High School. The Scots, which had a bye on Tuesday, eliminated the Warriors at last year’s district tournament.

Brown said that the immediate focus is making sure the Warriors mesh as a group on the court and become the “best version of who we are.”

Then Brown added, “We’ll see how that works. I feel like we’re moving in that direction.”

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