Take it to the bank.
That’s what Luke Dobler did Wednesday night as Marysville-Pilchuck edged Edmonds-Woodway 59-56 to advance to state.
The Tomahawks will play Saturday night at 8 against Shorecrest at Everett Community College in the district title game. M-P beat them 57-53 Jan. 10.
Dobler’s 3 with 27 seconds left was the difference, and he did it the unconventional way but it still paid off on his way to 19 points, 14 in the final period.
Aaron Kalab led the team with 20, and Cameron Stordahl added 16.
E-W led 56-54 with 41 seconds left, but Dobler’s 3 and then his two free throws decided the game.
The teams battled back and forth, but were tied at halftime 24-24.
It didn’t look good for the Tommies as E-W took a 45-39 lead after three quarters.
But M-P held E-W to 11 points in the final stanza, while scoring 20 of their own, to take the win.
M-P’s defense held the Bol brothers, Matdung and Nuer, to 19 points to key the victory, along with Dobler’s trip to the bank.
MG beats Arlington
For three quarters Wednesday night, it looked like Arlington was going to avenge a recent loss to Marysville Getchell.
But then the last period came, and it was Malakhi Knight time when the Chargers outscored the Eagles 34-17 on the way to a 77-70 come-from-behind victory.
The win means MG plays Friday night at 6 at Jackson High School against E-W. If they win they play again Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at EvCC for a chance to go to state. A loss knocks them out of the playoffs. The Eagles were eliminated as a result of this loss. MG lost to E-W 60-57 Jan. 17.
Knight ended up with 41 points after being held to eight points in the first half, when Arlington led 34-26.
Josiah Koellmer added 12.
Ethan Martin led Arlington with 31. Will Abram added 9.
MG took the early lead on two 3-pointers by Cole Norton. Koellmer hit a 3 and when Landyn Olson scored inside with an assist from Austin Townsend MG went up 11-4. Koellmer hit a runner and Townsend a 3, but the Eagles came back with Abram and then Jaden Roskelley scoring inside to make it 19-16 after one.
Arlington tied it for the first time on a 3 by Colby Williamson early in the second quarter then took its first lead at 25-24 midway through the quarter on a 3 by Martin. Abram scored after grabbing an offensive rebound and later with a dunk as Arlington led at the half. They outscored MG 18-17 in the third period to take a 52-43 lead before Knight went wild in the fourth.