Mistakes wipe out good shooting night for Wildcats / Boys basketball

Although it had one of its best shooting nights of the season, the Oak Harbor High School boys basketball team lost 83-58 at Edmonds-Woodway Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The Wildcats shot 48 percent in the game, hitting 20 of 42 attempts, including connecting on half of its eight three-point attempts, to E-W’s 39 percent.

The Warriors, however, were able to put up a whopping 29 more shots than Oak Harbor thanks to strong offensive rebounding and Wildcat turnovers.

“We had a good start to the game and were up most of the first period,” Oak Harbor coach John Weston said. “Woodway’s pressure seemed to get to us more as the game went on, that led to too many transition buckets for them. They also did a good job on offensive boards which really hurt and gave them too many second-chance points.”

Oak Harbor finished with 21 turnovers, 11 more than the Warriors, and the result was a 28-7 advantage for Edmonds-Woodway in points off those mistakes.

The Warriors out-rebounded Oak Harbor 42-29, with a 23-6 edge at the offensive end. E-W outscored the ‘Cats 25-4 in second-chance points.

Oak Harbor led 12-5 midway through the first period, then the turnovers began to take their toll. The Warriors scored 10 straight points to lead 15-12 at the quarter, then added 7 more points to the run before Oak Harbor broke the string.

The Warriors (4-3, 9-6) led 40-23 at halftime and 63-38 after three periods.

“I thought we were right where we needed to be to make plays, but it seemed we kept being a step or two short of finishing the play,” Weston said. “They definitely did more of the little things right.”

Haven Brown had his second straight strong game for Oak Harbor, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds and two assists. Dorian Hardin chipped in with 11 points, five rebounds and six assists; and Kevin Schuldt had 6 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Gabe Salinger added 12 points, Weston Whitefoot 6 and Austin Boesch 5.

“I was really impressed with Haven Brown’s game,” Weston said. “He led our team throughout the game with energy; he was really assertive. Over the last two games he has really played to the potential we have seen from him for a couple years now; he has the ability to take over games when he chooses and plays with confidence.

“I was also pleased with Weston’s and Dorian’s games. They both played hard and showed a lot of toughness. Weston took a few charges and played tough defense. Dorian handled their press and really led our offense.”

John Hayes scored 17 points for E-W; Erroll Richards had 16 and Mutdung Bol 14.

Oak Harbor (1-6, 3-12) hosts Arlington (4-2, 10-5) at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19.

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