Every good basketball team needs to make free throws, and Mariner had plenty of practice last night. The Mauraders made 23 of 36 shots from the foul line to beat Everett 53-46...

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EVERETT — Every good basketball team needs to make free throws, and Mariner had plenty of practice last night.


The Mauraders made 23 of 36 shots from the foul line to beat Everett 53-46 in a WesCo South Division boys basketball game.


Aaron Cartwright was especially good at making the most of his free throws, converting 11 of 15 opportunities to score a game-high 21 points for the Mauraders.


Mariner (3-1 overall, 2-1 WesCo South) pulled away from a 33-33 tie at the end of three quarters by making 11 free throws in the fourth quarter.


Mariner coach Dexter Griffen was just glad to see them go in.


“I thought we shot pretty well from the line,” Griffen said. “I don’t remember too many misses. Overall, I was happy with our effort. Every time you come into this place (Richer Court), you’re going to have to battle to get a win and tonight we were fortunate enough to do it.”


Mariner, unbeaten on the road this season, jumped out to an 18-9 lead on the first basket of the second quarter by Raymond Fry, but the Mauraders did not make another basket in the quarter as Everett climbed back into the game.


The Seagulls cut the lead to 21-18 at halftime, thanks to eight second quarter points off the bench by Ed Overton, a 6-foot-4 senior center who was able to get inside against the Mariners.


Everett led 31-29 in the third quarter, but Mariner used its quickness to force fouls and built an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter despite making only two field goals in the quarter.


“We have young guards and they’re starting to come around,” Griffen said. “It was nice to have Raymond Fry back tonight after coming off a football injury.”


Everett, 1-2 in the WesCo and 2-2 overall, was led by Bryce Levin with 11 points.


Levin made two three-pointers and the Seagulls made three more field goals in the game, but were outscored 23-8 from the free-throw line.