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Wildcats win in OT behind Washington's 41 | Boys basketball

Mike Washington Jr. fires a free throw in Oak Harbor
Mike Washington Jr. fires a free throw in Oak Harbor's double overtime win. Washington Jr. scored 41 points, second highest in school history.
— image credit: John Fisken / Whidbey News-Times

It's a good thing official scorekeeper Diane Fisken had a box full of sharpened pencils.

She needed them as she tallied the points of Mike Washington Jr. in Oak Harbor's thrilling 66-62 double overtime win over visiting Everett in boys basketball Friday, Dec. 16.

Washington Jr. filled up Fisken's book with 41 points, the second highest single-game total in school history, to help the Wildcats hang on for the win.

Washington Jr. scored 40 in a game last winter, as did Ron Durant in 1977 and Brannon Stone in 1998.

Washington Jr. had a shot at Pat McGreevy's 1953 record of 49, but connected on only nine of 22 free throws. He wasn't alone in free throw follies as his teammates hit only eight of 17.

Washington Jr.'s struggle at the line was about the only thing that went wrong for the 6-3 senior who collected eight rebounds and three steals and handled much of the point guard duties with Jamacio Webster in foul trouble.

Oak Harbor finished the first quarter on a 6-0 run to go up 14-8 and extended the lead to 10, 28-18, before going into the locker room with a 28-22 lead.

With just under a minute left in the third period, Oak Harbor led 45-32. From that point the 'Cats made only seven of 25 free throws to let the Seagulls back into the game.

Everett's Gabe Woods hit a pair of threes to finish the third-quarter scoring and start the comeback.

With 2:55 left in the game, the Oak Harbor lead evaporated completely when Sam Arends swished two foul shots to give Everett a 48-47 lead.

The teams traded hoops and then Washington Jr. tied the game at 51 with 42 seconds left in regulation. After the Wildcats forced a shot-clock violation, Washington Jr. missed a runner at the buzzer and the game went into overtime.

Oak Harbor scored the first three points of the first extra frame, but made only one of its next four foul shots while the Seagulls hit all four of theirs to tie it at 55 and force a second overtime.

Thanks to three hoops and two free throws from Washington Jr. and a free throw from Elias Whitefoot, Oak Harbor led 64-59 with 1:39 left.

A three-point play by Cortez Carr put Everett within two, but the Oak Harbor defense held and Washington Jr. finished the scoring with 11 seconds left.

While Washington Jr. paced the offense, Matt Burgoyne (eight rebounds), Whitefoot (five) and Kevawn Brooks (eight) took care of some of the dirty work and controlled the boards and 6-8 Arends.

Drew Washington scored nine points, Burgoyne eight, Webster four, Brooks three and Whitefoot one. Webster also had four steals and three assists.

Coach Mike Washington Sr. said once his team got up in the second half, it "got a little trigger happy with the three ball."

He added, "Do we have some things to fix? Yes, we do. But the kids didn't falter at the end, and I am proud of them for that."

Oak Harbor (2-2, 2-3) hosts Meadowdale (3-1, 4-4) Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7:15 p.m. and then goes to Mountlake Terrace (6-0, 7-0) Thursday, Dec. 22.

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