Kamiak shares the ball in victory over Mariner | Boys basketball

Knights outscore the Marauders 36-9 in 2nd and 3rd quarters
By David Pan | Jan 31, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Tony MacArthur goes up for a lay-up against Kamiak’s Landon Overturf during a Wesco 4A game at Mariner High School.

It took about a quarter for Kamiak to loosen up.

But once the Knights started having fun and sharing the ball they pulled away from district rival Mariner.

Kamiak outscored the Marauders 36-9 in the second and third quarters to cruise to a 62-36 victory in a Wesco 4A boys basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Mariner High School.

The Knights appeared to be a little tight in the first quarter and fell behind 15-9.

“We started slow, but we were able to kick it up at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half,” Kamiak senior Patrick Olson said. “We were moving the ball well.”

Olson said that Knights coach Cory West told the players he wanted them to have fun in what would be the seniors last time playing the Marauders.

“Lately, we haven’t been having as much fun as we should be,” Olson said. “We’re just trying to enjoy this season.”

Senior Carson Tuttle scored all seven of his points in the second quarter, as the Knights went on a 15-5 run to erase the 6-point first quarter deficit.

Kamiak kept the momentum going after halftime. Senior Conner Fitzpatrick scored 6 of his 9 points in the third quarter and senior Danny Sharpe had 7 of his team-high 13 points in the second half.

“We always get him the ball,” Olson said of Sharpe. “We feel he’s a mismatch because of his size. He’s really skilled. We’re looking to keep giving him the ball.”

Mariner’s defensive game plan was to take Tuttle out of the game and the Marauders were largely successful outside of the second quarter.

West was glad to see Tuttle’s teammates rise to the challenge.

“Guys had to step up,” West said. “Dakota Bueing played amazing. It was his first game playing. He broke his finger. Patrick stepped up. I thought Landon Overturf stepped up and played great defense. … Conner definitely sparked us offensively. We need that from him night in and night out. He was being patient and playing aggressively at the same time.”

West reemphasized to his team the importance of its inside game with Sharpe.

“If we get the ball inside, the outside will open up,” the Kamiak coach said. “We’ve got to start getting the ball inside every game.”

The Knights had more success on offense when they were patient.

“The shots started falling, I think, when we play together as a team,” West said. “They started sharing the ball … and not taking the first shot that they see.”

Mariner coach Tevin Dillon liked what he saw from his team in the first quarter.

“We were playing some good defense and we were hitting some big shots,” he said. “Come the second half, we couldn’t get it in the hoop. … We had a bad shooting half.”

For the most part, Dillon said he liked the shots Mariner took in the second half.

“We had a successful first quarter because everybody came out strong and everybody was kind of hyped for the game,” said Mariner sophomore Tony MacArthur, who finished with 6 points. “The second quarter, we were still going hard, but then they started coming back a little bit by a little bit.”

Mariner’s Topaziyon Kipabut led all scorers with 15 points. Teammate Fama Toure had 9 points.

The Marauders have been playing the top teams in the league tough. Mariner fell 70-64 to first place Glacier Peak and have close losses to second place Monroe (54-49) and Lake Stevens (47-42).

“If we can keep up with Glacier Peak, we can keep up with everybody,” MacArthur said.

The key for the Marauders is putting together a complete game, Dillon said.

“The biggest thing is we’ve got to have confidence to finish big games,” Dillon said.

Olson and his fellow six Kamiak seniors also are looking to close out strong.

“I think we’re coming together nicely,” Olson said. “We’ve had a few rough patches, but I feel like we’re starting to go in the right direction.”

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