Boys basketball: Edwards leads Royals over Wildcats

Anthony Edwards was a royal pain.

The Lynnwood star carried the Royals to a 65-53 win over the visiting Oak Harbor boys basketball team 65-53 Friday, Dec. 10.

Edwards, who entered averaging 29 points a game, dropped 27 on the Wildcats and was a pest on the defensive end with a handful of steals that disrupted the Oak Harbor attack.

The game was the league opener for Oak Harbor and dropped the Wildcats’ season mark to 1-3. Lynnwood is 1-1, 2-3.

Oak Harbor hosts Shorewood (0-1, 1-2) Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

The Lynnwood game twice turned against the Wildcats.

First, Oak Harbor led 11-10 with just over two minutes left in the first period. The Wildcats then committed five consecutive turnovers (three coming on Edwards’ steals) which the Royals converted in to 13 points and a 23-11 quarter lead. An Oak Harbor turnover to start the second period resulted in another Lynnwood score and the Wildcats trailed 25-11.

Oak Harbor jumped back into the game. Fueled by 11 points from Mike Washington Jr. and a pair of steals and assists from Denzel Massey, Oak Harbor climbed to within two, 30-28, with 2:03 left in the half.

Then came the second Oak Harbor lapse. The Royals finished the half on an 8-2 run and then scored the first seven points of the third quarter and led 45-30. Oak Harbor never recovered and trailed by as much as 22 before completing the game on a 12-1 run.

Oak Harbor tried a number of defensive strategies to slow Lynnwood, but Edwards was too slippery. His soft shooting touch and quick moves to the hoop made him difficult to contain in a man-to-man. If the Wildcats rotated to help, he would hit teammates on backdoor cuts.

Against Oak Harbor’s zone and trapping defenses, he penetrated and dished to Jason Shaw who hit five of six three-point tries.

In all, the Royals shot 54.3 percent (25-46) from the field, including 47.4 percent from long range (9-19).

Oak Harbor shot 36 percent (18-50) and just 23.5 percent (4-17) beyond the arc.

The Wildcats did have the advantage in rebounding (32-29) and turnovers (14-16).

Washington Jr. paced Oak Harbor with 24 points. Kevawn Brooks hit for eight, Jay Stout seven, Trace Paul five, Massey four, Matt Burgoyne three and David Tillotson two.

Paul had six rebounds, while Washington, Brooks and Tillotson had four each.

Coach Mike Washington Sr. said the club should get a boost next week with the return of 6-4 Stevie Bratt who has been out all season with an injury.

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