Mariner focused on gaining much-needed experience | Boys basketball

Marauders look to replace top scorers, post players
By David Pan | Jul 19, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Mariner junior Edwin Bouah attempts a lay-up during a Maverick Shootout game at Lynnwood High School. Center:

A young Mariner boys basketball team headed into the spring and summer needing to gain a little experience.

The Marauders accomplished their goal.

Mariner played in the Maverick Shootout and Burlington-Edison tournaments and hosted a scrimmage with Wilson and Monroe.

Second-year coach Tevin Dillon and his players then wrapped up their busy-offseason schedule by heading east to attend the Eastern Washington basketball camp, where the Marauders went 5-2 in games.

“It went really well,” Dillon said. “We played some solid teams.”

Mariner had a significant turnover in its roster with the loss of the team’s top scorer, Drake Cardoza, guards Jalen Hayes and Stavarai McSwain and posts Zeb Carrow and Nick Lea.

Dillon expects a number of last season’s freshmen will be moving up to varsity.

“We’ve got a young group,” Dillon said. “We’ve got a lot of learning to do. … A lot of the group are going to be sophomores.”

Mariner does have some returning experience with senior post Harmandeep Singh expected to be highly involved on both offense and defense.

“He should have a pretty big year,” Dillon said. “He’s been working hard.”

Dillon said of the changes on offense that “we’re running a system where we dribble less and pass more.”

Other players Dillon expects to rely on include senior guard Dwan Mallet, juniors Dwayne Ewing and Edwin Bouah.

Sophomore Simon Fanuel made significant contributions during his freshman season and Dillon expects him to continue play a major role.

The point guard duties likely will be handled by Ewing and Bouah, who also play the off-guard position.

Dillon was hired two weeks before the season started last year so the Marauders didn’t have any time with him during the spring and summer.

“Having a system in place that the kids are competing in is a lot easier,” Dillon said. “Just the summer experience, extra workouts and all the hard work in the summer is going to pay off during the season.”

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