Marauders optimistic about prospects for upcoming season | Boys basketball

Four starters are back for a Mariner team hungry for success
By David Pan | Dec 05, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Chris Hendrickson (right) applies pressure defense against Meadowdale’s Colton Walsh.

The Mariner boys basketball team appears to have turned the corner.

After difficult back-to-back seasons in which they finished at the bottom of the league standings, the Marauders look to be a team on the upswing.

Mariner opened the season with an 85-54 rout of Meadowdale and then followed up with a 68-54 victory over Pasco in nonconference action last week. The Marauders ended the week with a 60-49 loss to Kennewick.

Just about everything came together in Mariner’s season opener against the Mavericks. The Marauders jumped out to a 22-11 lead in the first quarter and kept the pressure on Meadowdale for the rest of the contest.

“It just feels good to start off with a good win,” junior Tony MacArthur said. “We’ve just got to keep pushing the momentum from here. … Everybody was intense. Everybody was in the game. Everybody was showing their emotions.”

Ten Marauders scored with sophomore Henry Avra leading the way with a team-high 28 points. Senior point guard Edwin Bouah added 11 points.

Mariner coach Tevin Dillon was especially pleased with his team’s defensive performance.

“The biggest thing is coming out and playing hard on defense,” Dillon said. “It’s the intensity coming out and stopping them and getting ourselves going through our defense. That was the goal. That’s going to be the goal every night. We did a good job of that.”

Mariner returns four starters from a year ago – MacArthur, Bouah, junior Simon Fanuel and junior Diego Septimo-Ruiz. Senior Chris Hendrickson had his junior season cut short by an injury last year.

“It means a lot,” Dillon said of Mariner’s experience. “They do a good job of leading. It makes a big difference. They all buy into defense.”

Dillon went to his bench early against Meadowdale with the lopsided score and the reserves kept up the pressure.

“Our bench is good. Our starters are good,” Fanuel said. “When we need breaks, they are there. They do the same things as our starters.”

Knowing that there isn’t much of a drop-off from the bench helps the starters when they are on the court.

“We didn’t give up. We played all 32 minutes,” Bouah said. “The depth of the team was amazing. I feel we can go as hard as we want to go.”

Bouah brings a steadying presence on the floor.

“He gets everything going for the other guys,” Dillon said. “He does a really good job of leading offensively and defensively.”

The Mariner senior guard has a feeling that the 2018-19 season is going to turn out differently. Mariner finished 1-11 in the Wesco 4A and was 3-17 overall last season.

“We have the guys with the right mindset,” Bouah said. “We have a more winning mentality.”

Dillon added that the four returning starters understand the hard work the Marauders need to do in order to be successful.

“I believe in these guys,” Dillon said. “It’s about them believing in themselves.”

The Marauders followed up their season-opening victory with another strong effort against the Bulldogs. The back-to-back victories were the first since the 2016-17 season.

Bouah scored a team-high 15 points and MacArthur had 11 points. Avra finished with 10 points.

Mariner took a 37-34 lead on the Lions after three quarters. But Kennewick outscored the Marauders 26-12 in the final period for the win. Bouah again led Mariner with 19 points and Septimo-Ruiz had 13 points.

 

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