Boys basketball: Meadowdale overwhelms Lynnwood in season opener

By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor

Meadowdale kept its cool during a key stretch of the second quarter in its season opener against Lynnwood.

The Mavericks went on a 25-5 run to break open a tight game and coasted to a 91-42 victory over the Royals in a non-league boys basketball game Tuesday night at Lynnwood High School.

Trailing 17-14 after the first quarter, Lynnwood tied the score at 19 on a 3-pointer by Jake Taschner early in the second period.

But from that point on Meadowdale seized control of the game in large part to two technical fouls on the Royals that resulted in four free throws and two possessions of the ball.

The Mavericks went into halftime ahead 44-24 and extended the lead in the second half.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the team effort tonight,” said Meadowdale coach Andy Streit. “I think our pressure ended up sort of wearing them down.”

It also helped that Meadowdale started making its free throws. Streit noted that the Mavericks started out only making 3 of 12 free throws in the first half but then connected on 9 of their next 13.

“Those going down helped,” Streit said.

Lynnwood coach Michael Richards saw the two technical fouls in the second quarter as a turning point in the game.

“We’ve got to learn to keep our composure,” he said. “We psyched ourselves out. We have to stay calm and just play basketball.”

Meadowdale also played well, Richards added. “They trapped well. They got to the basket well. They shot 3s. They made good adjustments and we didn’t.”

Senior center Jacob Perkins led the Mavericks with 15 points, 12 of which were in the first half.

“He did a great job. They didn’t have a ton of size to combat him,” Streit said. “He was huge literally and figuratively tonight. We’re going to need that from him throughout the year.”

Perkins, however, had plenty of help from his teammates. Griffin Over scored 14 points, Caleb Tingstad added 13 and Collin Costello had 10.

“We’re pretty deep and our big challenge is that guys are going to have to be unselfish and buy into the program,” Streit said. “There are only so many minutes to go around. On nights like tonight when we had guys get in foul trouble, our guys were ready to step up. Our guys took advantage of the situation.”

Richards saw glimpses of solid play from the Royals in the first quarter.

“There definitely was hustle, players getting up and down the court,” he said. “I think we were, as a group, starting to get where we want to get to defensively.”

Taschner led the Royals with 14 points.

“We’ve got to learn from our mistakes,” Richards said. “It’s just the first game for us. I’m looking forward to us getting better.”

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