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Meadowdale uses free throws to top Oak Harbor | Boys basketball

The Meadowdale High School boys basketball team shot 33 free throws to four for visiting Oak Harbor, and, not surprisingly, defeated the Wildcats 59-53 Friday, Jan. 17.


Oak Harbor sank five more field goals than the Mavericks, but Meadowdale made up the difference at the foul line and from beyond the arc.


As well as having a 12-point advantage from foul shots (making 15 to Oak Harbor's three), Meadowdale also outscored the Wildcats 24-12 in three pointers.


After a back-and-forth first quarter, Meadowdale (3-4, 9-5) upped its 14-13 lead to 30-19 in the second period before ending the half ahead 31-23.


The Wildcats scored one more point than the Mavericks in each of the third and fourth quarters, trailing 43-36 after three, but couldn't claw all the way back.


Oak Harbor was able to hang around although it was out rebounded and committed more turnovers.
Meadowdale collected 49 rebounds to Oak Harbor's 36, including a 22-9 advantage on the offensive glass, but only outscored the 'Cats 5-4 in second-chance points.


Oak Harbor had 16 turnovers, two more than the Mavs, but outscored Meadowdale 13-4 off the mistakes.
Oak Harbor also out shot Meadowdale 39.7 percent (22 for 53) to 32.1 percent (18 for 56). However, the Wildcats hit only 19 percent of their three-pointers (4 for 21) while the Mavericks hit 34.8 percent (8 for 23).


Drew Washington led Oak Harbor in points (19), assists (4) and blocks (3).


Zach Gibbs scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Dyllan Harris scored nine points, Gabe Groenig eight, Elijah Smith three, Shane Huttula two and Zach Jones two.


Griffin Over scored 17 points for Meadowdale, and Jacob Perkins hauled in 15 rebounds.


"We did not play well," Oak Harbor coach Mike Washington said. "They flat out beat us. (They were) more aggressive and the pressure got to us."


Oak Harbor (3-4, 3-10) entertains Glacier Peak (5-2, 10-3) at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.

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