Shorewood's undefeated season ended under a hail of Jake Linton shots last night as Meadowdale overcame a slow start to score a 63-59 win. Linton scored 27 points, including two...
LYNNWOOD — Shorewood’s undefeated season ended under a hail of Jake Linton shots last night as Meadowdale overcame a slow start to score a 63-59 win.
Linton scored 27 points, including two key three-pointers in the decisive fourth quarter, to lead the Mavericks (4-2 overall, 3-2 WesCo South) to victory.
“It’s a huge win for us,” Linton said. “People say we’re just a mediocre team, and this shows we can hang with the best of them. Shorewood is one of the best teams in the state, and to be able to beat them gives us huge confidence.”
Shorewood (5-1, 4-1) looked unbeatable early as the Thunderbirds built an 11-point lead early in the second quarter before settling for a 34-29 halftime lead.
Meadowdale scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 38-34 lead, but Shorewood wasn’t about to relinquish its unbeaten streak easily. It was 52-48 Meadowdale at the end of three quarters, but Rob Diederichs appeared to decide the issue, scoring 10 straight points to give Shorewood a 58-52 lead with 5:13 left.
But Linton made two three-pointers, and the Mavericks made four straight free throws in the final minute to hold on.
“When he crosses half court, he’s almost in range,” Meadowdale coach Chad McGuire said of Linton’s five three-pointers. “He’s been making big three-point shots his whole career, so it’s not surprising. We showed great character battling back against a great ball team.”
Diederichs had 22 points for Shorewood and admitted it was tough to have the winning streak snapped.
“It’s hard to see it end because we could have closed them out in the fourth quarter and we didn’t,” Diederichs said. “Jake (Linton) was way out there, and if he hits those shots, they deserve to win. He’s a great player and they’re a good team.”
Diederichs expects the loss to make Shorewood even better.
“We just had some breakdowns and left Linton alone and he made the big shots,” Diederichs said. “We’re not going to let it bother us.”
John Allen, a freshman who came into the game with 11 points in his career, had 11 points for the T-birds.
At Mountlake Terrace 60, Kamiak 48
The 10th-ranked Hawks got a double-double from Mike Boxley as they notched their fourth straight victory since an 0-2 start. Boxley had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Leigh Swanson added 12 points and seven rebounds for Terrace (4-2, 4-1 WesCo South), which had four players score in double figures. Rahiti Marere scored 14 points for Kamiak (4-2, 3-2).
Mariner 60, at Edmonds-Woodway 46
Tommy Craddock, the Marauders’ 6-8 senior post, scored 10 of his 19 points during a 17-9 third-quarter run that put Mariner in control. Jerrel Grant added 17 points for the Marauders (5-1, 4-1 South). Huston Conti scored 22 for the Warriors (1-5, 1-4 South).
Everett 74, at Jackson 72
Drew Eisinger hit six three-pointers and scored 38 points for Jackson (2-4, 1-4), but it wasn’t enough in a South Division loss to the Seagulls (4-2, 3-2). Eisinger hit four threes to lead a fourth-quarter comeback bid by the Timberwolves. His three-pointer tied the score with 55 seconds left, but Ed Overton won it for Everett with a putback basket after two misses. Overton’s 15 points led four Seagulls in double figures.
At Shorecrest 60, Lynnwood 50
Junior point guard Brandon Bible’s career-high 32 points helped the Scots (1-5, 1-4) get their first victory. Darius Hollinshed, another junior, scored 15 and Chris Lindsey had 13 rebounds for Shorecrest. Mo Carrero scored 17 for the Royals (1-5, 1-4).
At Arlington 70, Marysville-Pilchuck 56
Kenny Gunter scored 25 points and David Griffiths 18 for the Eagles (3-3, 2-2), who led 37-20 at halftime in the WesCo North game. Nathan Lozeau’s 17 points led the Tomahawks (3-5, 2-3).
Cascade 74, at Monroe 58
Marcus Guffey led five Bruins in double figures with 15 points in a WesCo North win. Guffey scored 11 in the second quarter, when Cascade (3-2, 3-1) outscored Monroe 25-15 to build a 16-point halftime lead. Evan Churlin led the Bearcats (3-2, 3-2) with 19 points.
At Mount Vernon 69, Stanwood 62
Jake Moore was 8 of 8 at the free-throw line, including 6 of 6 in the fourth quarter to help the Bulldogs (6-1, 5-0) hold off the Spartans (1-5, 1-3) in a WesCo North game. Corey Boon scored 19 points, Justin Burns 18 and Moore 17 for Mount Vernon. Chris Cayford had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Daes Kaufman scored 21 for Stanwood.
Lake Stevens 57, at Oak Harbor 43
Lake Stevens (2-5, 2-3 North) rallied from a two-point halftime deficit, capitalizing on 10 third-quarter turnovers by the Wildcats during an 18-4 run. Jeremy Roe’s 16 points led the Vikings. Dallas Heidt scored 13 for Oak Harbor (0-7, 0-4).