Mariner coach likes new lineup | Boys basketball

Bothell tournament offers Marauders valuable experience
By David Pan | Jan 04, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Mariner’s Stavarai McSwain attempts a shot against O’Dea.

Mariner didn’t come away with any victories at the Bothell Holiday boys basketball tournament.

The Marauders dropped three games to O’Dea, Snohomish and Juanita.

But what Mariner gained was some valuable experience for a new lineup. The departure of some players since the start of the season meant that coach Tevin Dillon has had to do some retooling.

“The Bothell tournament was, for us, a big time to grow, considering our new team,” he said. “We have kind of a new lineup. … It was a chance to get our team together and get ready to come into conference.”

The Fighting Irish defeated the Marauders 81-41 on Dec. 28. Mariner then lost 69-51 to the Panthers on Dec. 29 and closed out the tournament with a 73-53 defeat to the Rebels on Dec. 30

The Marauders (0-2 in the league, 2-7 overall) head back into league play this week with games against Lake Stevens (Tuesday, Jan. 3) and at Jackson (Friday, Jan. 6).

Two players who will see major roles the rest of the season are junior guard Dwan Mallett and senior guard Stavarai McSwain, according to Dillon.

“Those are two guys who have stepped up,” he said.

Senior guard Drake Cardoza continues to be a key offensive threat for the Marauders.

“Drake has been playing really well. He’s really competitive,” Dillon said. “He wants to win. Most importantly, we’re getting guys playing hard around him. We’re getting other players to fill in roles to be successful.”

Dillon saw improvement from the Marauders, especially from the younger players, who need court time.

“As a team we got better,” he said. “We have a lot of young guys in the lineup. We’re just trying to build them up this year and trying to get a playoff spot.”

Junior Edwin Bouah continues to be the starting point guard and Dillon plans to bring up freshman Simon Fanuel to help take some of the load off of Bouah.

The new Mariner lineup has played five games together and looks to be coming together well.

“We’re doing a lot better,” Dillon said. “It’s getting these kids coached up. They didn’t get as many reps as our starters. Everything will fall into place.”

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