Wildcat boys ripped by Burlington in basketball

Thud. After a convincing win over Sedro-Woolley and hanging tough in a loss to highly touted Glacier Peak, the Oak Harbor boys basketball team fell back to Earth Tuesday.

Host Burlington-Edison hammered Oak Harbor 82-48.

The Tigers, who finished second on the state 2A tournament last winter, showed they are ready for another title run and showed how far the Wildcats have to go to be a contender.

When told of a fan's comment that Burlington-Edison is a very good team that exposed Oak Harbor's weaknesses, Wildcat coach Mike Washington said, "That is exactly right. Print it."

Washington was particularly upset with his team's resolve. Last week Oak Harbor fell behind to Glacier Peak but continued to fight and stayed in the game. Washington didn't see that mind set from his squad Tuesday.

He said, "We didn't compete. Bottom line."

The Tigers did not have a height advantage but dominated the boards, earning numerous second and third chance opportunities while limiting Oak Harbor to one shot per possession.

Burlington-Edison raced to a 16-4 lead to finished the first quarter up 26-12. At half it was 47-27.

The Tigers scored 21 points off offensive rebounds or Oak Harbor turnovers in the first two quarters. The Wildcats also missed seven free throws to further compound their first-half problems. OHHS finished 12-22 at the line. Burlington hit 13 of 15.

The lead was nearly 30, 68-39, by the end of the third period.

Mike Washington Jr. scored 17 for Oak Harbor. Denzel Hardin added nine; Colby Anter six; and Jay Stout, Aaron Boesch, Ryan Fakkema, and Rashaad Smith four each.

Evan Coulter led four Tigers in double figures with 20 points.

Oak Harbor (1-2) starts league play here Friday against Cascade at 7:30. The Bruins (1-0, 1-2) blasted Marysville-Pilchuck 72-44 in their league opener Tuesday.

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