Physical Seagull beat Wildcats

 Aaron Boesch scores two points for the Wildcats on a jump shot over Everett defender Tucker Grindstaff.  - Jim Woolbright/Whidbey News-Times
Aaron Boesch scores two points for the Wildcats on a jump shot over Everett defender Tucker Grindstaff.
— image credit: Jim Woolbright/Whidbey News-Times

Monday’s WesCo North basketball game between Oak Harbor and Everett could have been played at Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

Both teams gave as much as they dished out, pushing and shoving under the boards and playing pressure defense for the majority of the 24-minute game.

However, the referees didn’t let play get out of hand and called 43 fouls in the game.

In the end, the Wildcats simply wore down and a 23-point fourth quarter gave the Seagulls a 60-46 victory.

“They were a really physical team and we just ran out of gas at the end,” coach Mike Washington said. “The rim gets smaller when you run out of gas.”

The Wildcats started out strong in the first quarter taking a 14-6 lead thanks to a seven-point scoring effort from Jay Stout and five more from Rashaad Smith.

In the second period the Seagulls got hot from the floor scoring 20 points while holding the Wildcats to 11, and both teams went into the halftime break with the score tied 25-25.

Neither team could gain an advantage in the third quarter.

A three-point basket by Mike Washington Jr. at the 4:32 mark gave the Wildcats a 35-31 lead, but a pair of free throws by Everett’s Ben Barhanovich tied the score 37-37 with 1:11 remaining in the quarter.

Washington Jr. hit two free throws with six seconds left to put Oak Harbor up 39-37, and the Wildcats went into the final period clinging to the two-point margin.

After taking a 43-37 lead on baskets by Stout and Josh Fikse to open the fourth quarter, Oak Harbor’s scoring game fell apart.

The Seagulls went on a 12-0 run to take a 47-43 lead and that was the game.

The Wildcats scored just seven points in the period while Everett tallied 23, to win its first league game of the season. Everett is 2-6 overall.

Oak Harbor remains winless in the WesCo North at 0-5 and 1-8 overall.

Stout lead the Wildcat scoring attack with 12 points before fouling out of the game late in the fourth quarter. Washington Jr. scored 11 points and Aaron Boesch along with Smith hit for seven points each.

Flynn Mattson scored a game-high 19 points for Everett.

“We just have to continue to keep working and keep getting better,” coach Washington said. “We are improving in small steps.”

Everett 60, Oak Harbor 46

Everett 5 20 12 23 — 60

Oak Harbor 14 11 14 7 — 46

Everett (60) — Flynn Mattson 7 4-5 19, Michael Murray 3 7-8 13, Will Brown 1 6-11 8, Spencer McKinnon 1 0-0 2, Jake Frauenholtz 4 1-3 9, Tucker Grindstaff 0 0-0 0, Erik Homer 2 0-0 5, Ben Barhanovich 0 4-4 4, Michael Sowinski 0 0-0 0, Michael Daly 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 22-31 60.

Oak Harbor (46) — Jay Stout 5 1-2 12, Mike Washington Jr. 3 4-5 11, Aaron Boesch 3 1-1 7, Josh Fikse 1 2-4 4, Rashaad Smith 3 1-4 7, Beaux Haley 1 0-0 3, Zac Cole 0 0-0 0, Jimmy Edens 1 0-0 2, John Manni 0 0-0 0, Stevie Bratt 0 0-0 0, Brooks Waller 0 0-0 0, Phil Nadeau 0 0-0 0, Blake Schulle 0 0-0 0, Colby Anter 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 9-16 46.

Three-point goals — Everett 2 (Homer, Mattson), Oak Harbor 3 (Stout, Washington Jr., Haley). Turnovers — Everett 10, Oak Harbor 20. Total fouls — Everett 20, Oak Harbor 23. Fouled out — Smith, Stout.

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