Defensive-minded Mariner overwhelms Monroe | Boys basketball

Four Marauders score in double figures
By David Pan | Jan 23, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Tony MacArthur, Edwin Bouah, Henry Avra and Christopher Herrera defend against Monroe’s Sam Olson during a Wesco 4A game Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Mariner High School.

Round two went to Mariner.

The Marauders used a suffocating defense and a balanced scoring attack to defeat Monroe 67-48 in a Wesco 4A boys basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Mariner High School.

The victory helped Mariner (6-3 in the league, 10-5 overall) move into a tie for third place in the league with Mount Vernon (6-3, 9-6). The Bearcats (3-6, 4-11) edged the Marauders 72-70 in a mid-December contest at Monroe High School.

“They got us last time at their place. We didn’t shoot the ball well,” Mariner coach Tevin Dillon said. “We didn’t play well against their zone. So this time we did a lot better coming out against their zone, shooting the ball and also breaking down their man to man.

“We moved the ball a lot better. Eddie (Bouah) did a good job getting the ball out, getting everybody open shots. We did a good job of moving and getting open shots.”

Sophomore Henry Avra scored a game-high 18 points and junior Diego Septimo-Ruiz added 14 points. Junior Tony MacArthur finished with 13 points and junior Simon Fanuel had 12 points.

Mariner jumped out to a 27-14 lead after the first quarter and went into halftime ahead 37-26.

“We were hitting our shots, attacking the rim and getting a lot of assists,” Fanuel said. “It was a good start.”

The Marauders extended their lead to 17 points midway through the third quarter before Monroe closed to within 11 points – 53-41 at the end of the period.

A basket by Monroe’s Blake Fodge at the 5:26 mark of the fourth quarter cut the Mariner lead to 10 points – 53-43. Mariner responded with a 9-0 run to push the lead back to 19 points and end the Bearcats’ comeback hopes.

“We started to focus more,” Fanuel said. “We had to stop them. We couldn’t let them get points.”

Dillon said that it was important that the Marauders punch back when Monroe made its run.

“We did a good job of sticking our shots and then getting our butts down playing defense,” he said.

Dillon noted that Mariner used different defenses against Monroe and the Bearcats struggled to get into their offense.

“We switched up quite a few defenses,” the Mariner coach said. “We did a good job of getting up and pressing. We did a good job of sitting in the zone and of playing man to man. … Just mixing up the defenses is hard. It took some time off the clock and got them shots later in the shot clock.

“Pressuring them in all our defenses is really what helped us.”

Monroe’s Efton Chism scored 13 points and Fodge had nine points. In the first meeting, three Bearcats scored in double figures.

“We’re excited we got the second game,” Fanuel said. “(The team) is developing really good. We’re learning to play together and be a team. It’s going really well.”

Mariner extended its current winning streak to three games with a 67-35 victory over Cascade Friday, Jan. 18 at Cascade High School. Senior Elijah Harrell scored 17 points and Septimo-Ruiz added 16 points.

The Marauders host first-place Jackson at 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, and then travel to Lake Stevens for a 7:15 contest on Friday, Jan. 25.

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