Another slow start sinks Wildcat boys

Getting off to a slow start has become a nasty habit for the Oak Harbor boys basketball team.

Everett jumped to a 21-10 first quarter lead on its way to a 65-58 win over the Wildcats on the Seagulls' court Thursday.

Everett came out with a hot hand and Oak Harbor was cold in the opening quarter according to Wildcat assistant coach Justin Ronning.

Everett entered the third quarter ahead 37-25, and like Tuesday when the Wildcats came back on Snohomish, Oak Harbor put together a big run to get within one.

From that point on, Everett slowly pulled away and hit its free throws down the stretch to pick up its first win of the season in five games.

The Seagulls held Oak Harbor's leading scorer, Mike Washington Jr., to just six points. They mixed up their defenses to hold the Wildcat star in check: sometimes employed a box-and-one defense, other times they double and tripled teamed Washington each time he touched the ball.

Jay Stout topped Oak Harbor with 15 points. Denzel Harden and Rashaad Smith each scored 12. Colby Anter finished with nine, Aaron Boesch two and Trace Paul two.

Oak Harbor (1-5, 0-3) plays undefeated Lake Stevens here Friday, Dec. 18, at 7:30.

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