Oak Harbor misses out on win | Boys basketball

Drew Washington takes it to the hoop around Ferndale
Drew Washington takes it to the hoop around Ferndale's Aiden Sands.
— image credit: John Fisken / Whidbey News-Times

Missing players, shots and rebounds at Ferndale Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Oak Harbor High School boys basketball team is now missing out on the remainder of the district tournament.

The Wildcats (8-15) fell 57-45 to the Golden Eagles (17-7) in a loser-out game and finished the tournament with a 1-2 record, the same as last winter when they picked up their first district win since 1996. The consecutive district trips were a first since 1992 and '93.

Oak Harbor coach Mike Washington Sr. said Ferndale was "too big, too strong, too physical," which turned out to be too much for the short-handed Wildcats.

Oak Harbor was missing three players. Two, one a starter, were out for academic reasons, and a third, part-time starter Paul Johannsen, has mononucleosis. Compounding the problem, starter Drew Washington played while ill and key reserve Dayne Herron played on a gimpy ankle.

Washington Sr. pushed sophomore Zach Gibbs, who saw limited varsity action the second half of the regular season, into the starting lineup. Three other players who did not register time during the regular season combined for significant minutes against the Golden Eagles.

The unusual rotation led to an uneven performance by the Wildcats.

Oak Harbor shot only 26.5 percent (13-for-49) and was manhandled on the boards 48-24 by the aggressive Golden Eagles.

The trend was apparent early as Oak Harbor hit only one of its first eight shots and fell behind 10-2.

Ferndale, led by a trio of three-pointers by Cody Mason and seven rebounds by Daniel Canzater, finished out the quarter up 16-5.

From there, Ferndale only outscored Oak Harbor 41-40, leading 31-19 at the half and 43-33 after three quarters.

Each time the Golden Eagles appeared to be running away, Oak Harbor would spurt and trim the lead to 10 to stay in the game.

The 6-4 Canzater, a two-way, all-league lineman in football, and 6-7 Jake Schroeder dominated the game for Ferndale. Each scored 10 points and Canzater added 15 rebounds and Schroeder 13.

The Golden Eagles compensated for a mediocre shooting night (40 percent, 18-for-45) by hauling in nearly 20 offensive boards.

Drew Washington led Oak Harbor with 15 points. Mike Washington Jr. scored 14, Kevawn Brooks five, Matt Burgoyne three, Diamonte Ridley three, Elias Whitefoot three and Zach Jones two.

It was the final game for seniors Washington Jr., Burgoyne, Brooks, Whitefoot and Johannsen.


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