Boys basketball: Washington Jr. scores 40 points in Wildcat upset of Mavs

Mike Washington Jr. scored 40 points – the second most in school history – to propel the Wildcats to a 71-62 upset over second-place Meadowdale Friday, Jan. 28, in Oak Harbor.

The win helped Oak Harbor (4-8, 5-13) keep its slim playoff dreams alive. The Wildcats are tied with Everett for sixth (and the final Wesco 3A playoff spot), one game back of Shorewood (5-7, 8-9) with two league games left.

Oak Harbor entertains Shorecrest (7-5, 10-8) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and then finishes the regular season at first-place Glacier Peak (12-0, 16-3) Thursday. Everett plays the same teams in reverse order. Shorewood finishes with Lynnwood (1-12, 2-17) and Meadowdale (8-4, 10-8).

The Meadowdale-Oak Harbor game started out as a three-point contest as eight of the first nine made field goals (five by Oak Harbor) were beyond the arc.

The Mavericks led 9-6, then a three by Denzel Massey tied it with 3:08 left in the period. Washington Jr. scored the quarter’s final six points and Oak Harbor led after one, 18-12. It would never trail.

Massey started the second quarter with two buckets and the frame ended with Jay Stout and Massey hitting threes, and Oak Harbor went into the locker room up 34-24.

The second half began the same way as the first, with a Stout three. Oak Harbor went on a 12-2 run in the first two minutes to go ahead 46-26, the final two baskets coming off back-to-back steals and break-away jams by Washington Jr. The second stuff was the junior guard’s 1,000th career point as a Wildcat.

Meadowdale then began its comeback. Beginning at the six-minute mark of the third quarter and ending with 3:38 left in the game, the Mavericks outscored Oak Harbor 25-8 and sliced the lead to three, 54-51. The last seven points by Meadowdale came off four consecutive Wildcat turnovers.

The Wildcats, faced with the weight of blowing a big lead, kept their composure. Washington Jr. scored twice off nice feeds by Massey and Stout to provide a bigger cushion.

Meadowdale narrowed the gap to four, 59-55, with 2:28 remaining, then Oak Harbor hit eight of 10 free throws around hoops by Washington Jr. and Stevie Bratt to secure the win.

Coach Mike Washington Sr. said, “The kids played their hearts out; they played to the best of their abilities.”

Stout scored 14 points and Massey had 10 points, five rebounds and six assists. Bratt added six points and four rebounds, and Connor Paul had one point and five rebounds.

Trace Paul snared six rebounds, and Washington Jr. added five rebounds and four steals.

Both teams shot well: Meadowdale 54 percent (14 of 26) and Oak Harbor 50 percent (16 of 32). The Mavs hit eight of 26 threes, and Oak Harbor knocked down nine of 20.

Oak Harbor out rebounded Meadowdale 36-24 and committed more turnovers, 15 to 11.

Washington Jr.’s 40 points topped his previous single-game best of 37 from last year and tied Brannon Stone (1998) and Ron Durant (1977) for the second most in OHHS history. Pat McGreevey racked up 49 in 1953 for the record.

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