Marysville-Pilchuck steals momentum, win

MARYSVILLE—Just as quickly as the Oak Harbor boys basketball team regained momentum Saturday, it was taken away.

After letting a 12-point second-half lead evaporate to three points late in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats desperately needed a spark.

The duo of senior Jeremy Brown and junior Marc Ferguson had just the answer on a fast break. With an underhanded toss of the ball from his hip, Brown laid a perfect alley-oop pass next to the rim for Ferguson. The 6-foot-tall junior grabbed the ball with two-hands, slamming it through the hoop right in front of a Tomahawk defender.

The play, which initially silenced the Marysville faithful and ignited the Oak Harbor bench, made a sudden turn on the Wildcats.

On Ferguson’s way down he slapped the backboard trying to energize his team. The referee immediately ruled Ferguson’s actions unsportsmanlike, calling a technical foul.

“I was angry because they were coming back, so I slapped the backboard,” Ferguson said.

The two points counted for Oak Harbor, but Marysville got two free throws and possession of the ball. Instead of flowing off the momentum of the dunk, Oak Harbor seemed deflated. The Tomahawks ripped off 11 straight points after the play, out-scoring the Cats 24-10 in the final five minutes en route to a 79-70 victory.

“We lost some composure,” Oak Harbor head coach Bryan Schulle said. “I think the kids played hard—I don’t think it was a case of physical—I think mentally we got a little shot.”

After battling to an 18-18 tie at the end of the first quarter, the Wildcats slowly began to separate themselves from the Tomahawks in the second period.

OHHS hit its first five buckets of the quarter, out-scoring Marysville 12-2 in the first three minutes. The Cats built their largest lead of the game, 35-22, with 2:43 to go in the half after two free throws by senior Nate Metcalf.

Oak Harbor maintained its double-digit advantage almost the entire third quarter, before Tomahawk freshman Jared Stohl hit a long three-pointer with four seconds left that pulled the score to 54-47.

Nate Metcalf led Oak Harbor with 16 points, followed by Ferguson with 15. Others in double-figures include seniors Chris Raimundi with 12 and Kyle Saar with 11.

Keaton Taitonfong led Marysville with a game-high 22 points.

With the victory the Tomahawks earned a pigtail matchup with Mariner. The Wildcats, who will graduate 10 seniors out of 11 varsity players, ended the season with a 8-13 overall record.

“I feel bad for the seniors,” Schulle said. “I sure would have liked to see them play a pigtail and a double-elimination game.”

Oak Harbor 18 17 19 16—70

Marysville 18 8 21 32—79

Scoring—OH: Metcalf 16, Ferguson 15, Raimundi 12, Saar 11, Brown 9, Lobbestael 7.

MP: Taitingfong 22, Jazmin 17, Stohl 11, Gallaher 10, Stewart 6, Lovell 2.

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