Snohomish runs wild in second half

Junior Nate Metcalf goes up for a lay-up against Snohomish Tuesday night. Metcalf helped the Cats hang in the game in the first half. - Jim Woolbright
Junior Nate Metcalf goes up for a lay-up against Snohomish Tuesday night. Metcalf helped the Cats hang in the game in the first half.
— image credit: Jim Woolbright

Tuesday night resembled a roller coaster ride of emotions for the Oak Harbor Wildcat boys basketball team in their 74-35 loss to Snohomish.

Facing the number three ranked 4A team in the state, things looked bleak for the Cats in the first quarter. Missing their first five shots of the night and having trouble penetrating a disciplined Panther defense, the Wildcats found themselves in a 14-3 hole by the end of the first quarter.

After allowing a Snohomish three-pointer at the start of the second quarter, the game suddenly began to turn around for the Wildcats.

Senior Jon Jansen sparked the Oak Harbor offense completing a sweeping lay-in to the right side of the key, receiving a foul on the play. Junior Nate Metcalf also came in off the bench to give Oak Harbor a lift, scoring seven first-half points and pulling down key offensive rebounds.

Continuing to chip away, the Cats pulled within three-points 21-18 after two Chris Raimundi free throws. Oak Harbor then received two three-point shot opportunities by seniors Jake White and Dan Van Dyke, which could have tied the game. Both shots missed only by inches.

“We had two opportunities to tie it,” Oak Harbor head coach Bryan Schulle said. “They missed just barely, I wish they’d just go.”

After being outscored 15-4 in a three minute span, Snohomish head coach Len Bone angrily demanded a timeout. Screams that could be heard over the Oak Harbor pep band apparently energized his team to turn their game around.

The Panthers closed out the second quarter on a 7-2 run, giving them a 28-20 lead at the half and cruised to an easy victory from there.

The second half was not pretty for Oak Harbor. They only scored 15 points in the entire half, compared to the 46 put in by Snohomish.

The duo of brothers John and Paul Brockman were too much for the Cats to handle defensively. Their height and speed went unmatched by the Wildcats.

“The Brockman’s are tough,” Schulle said. “They present match up problems.”

John Brockman scored a game high 22 points while Paul added 18 for the Panthers.

Poor foul shooting was also a contributing factor to the second half struggles. After going on their second quarter run, Oak Harbor proved successful from the free throw line, hitting all but one of its free throws. However, in the second half they shot an anemic two of 13 from the stripe.

“It’s like we’re robbing Peter but paying Paul,” Schulle said. “We’re always taking away one thing and doing another.”

Jansen and Metcalf ended the game high scorers for Oak Harbor both scoring seven points apiece. Raimundi added six points, while senior Mike Lacey scored five for the Cats.

Up next for Oak Harbor is a road game against Marysville-Pilchuck at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 4.

Oak Harbor— 3 17 12 3—35

Snohomish— 14 14 22 24—74

Scoring—OH: Jansen 7, Metcalf 7, Raimundi 6, Lacey 5, Brown 4, White 3, Saar 2, Nuqui 1.

S: J. Brockman 22, P. Brockman 18, Mock 8, Merritt 8, Parker 3, Martin 2, Heater 2, Heineman 2, Pecha 2, Lorenson 2.

Records: Oak Harbor 3-7 league, 3-11 overall; Snohomish 9-1 league, 11-1 overall.

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