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M-P dagger sticks Eagles - In 73-56 rout; Stohl hits four treys in 27-point night
MARYSVILLE The scoreboard doesnt lie, but it can deceive.
That was the verdict from both teams after Marysville-Pilchuck trounced Arlington 73-56 in the seasons penultimate boys basketball game at the Jim Linden Field house on Feb. 6.
A steady diet of treys by M-P guard Jared Stohl was the Tommies dagger, as the Eagles played tough defense under the basket to contain M-Ps prolific tent pole, six-foot, 10-inch center Nathan Lozeau. Stohl scored a game-high 27 points, with 12 from three-pointers; his co-captain Lozeau followed with 17 points. Forward Ricky Holm worked the outside vigorously to pick up 14 points, most from the lane.
Arlingtons offense was spearheaded by sophomore guard Cole Carpenter, who tangled with Holm in the paint all night and was held to 14 points, with 100 percent shooting from the line. The eight free throws comprised more than half of his points, with three field goals for the remainder of his take. Tyler Busby and Abe Bourasaw followed with 12 and eight points, respectively.
The Eagles drew fouls like nothing else, scoring 16 out of 20 attempts; M-P made eight free throws out of 11 trips to the line. Carpenter led both teams in collecting fouls, and was sliding on the hardwood time and again after colliding with Holm.
Stohls marksmanship was defining element as he repeatedly dropped the ball into the basket from afar. Arlington coach Nick Brown looked perplexed as he conducted a post-mortem, saluting his team for playing hard and never giving up. He cited M-Ps formidable guard as the fulcrum that tipped an otherwise evenly-played contest into a deluge for M-P.
My hats off to Jared Stohl; he can score from anywhere, Brown said. They just kept hitting so many of their shots.
M-P coach Bary Gould seconded his emotion.
Its such a dagger when theres a guy who can pull out a three, Gould said. When a defense is working hard under the basket to tie up the offense, a hot shooter like Stohl saps their confidence, he added. Its disheartening.
He said his team stepped up the defensive intensity in the fourth quarter and cited several players for efforts off of the bench, including forward Denay Stell and guard Joey Fridrich.
It seemed like a closer game in the intensity, Gould said. I think both teams played really well.
Eagles guard Andrew Disotell was proud of his teams effort.
Its actually one of the first games we had grown, Distotell said. It didnt matter what the score was, we were battling all the way.
Brown used the same verb, and said the score didnt reflect the efforts made by his players.
Theres nothing to be ashamed off, Brown said. Im real proud of my boys. They worked their tails off. We just kept battling to the end.
The Tommies held an eight-point lead for the first quarter at 19 to 11, and Arlington stepped up and held their own during the second quarter, pacing MPs with 12 points for each team. MP started to pull away for good after the half, tacking on an additional five points during the third quarter and four for the fourth.
Holm played a vital defense, hustling back and forth as MP capitalized on several turnovers. With 3:43 remaining in the fourth quarter Holm drew a foul and some great laughs from the crowd by doing a set of pushups in the baseline as he and Arlington forward David Hawkins lay sprawled on the floor waiting for referee Mark Myers to make the call.
MP; 19 12 25 17
Arlington: 11 12 20 13
MP: Holm 14; Stohl 27; Holthenrichs 9; Stell 2; Stevens 4, Lozeau 17.
Arlington: Bourasaw 8; Martin 2; Disotell 7; Scarth 6; Carpenter 14; Hawkins 7; Busby 12.