Finding themselves down by 10 points at halftime Friday night, at Snohomish High School, the Lynnwood Royals boys basketball rallied to outscore the Panthers 37-22 in the second half and earn a hard-fought Wesco 3A conference victory.
“It was a very big game for us,” said Royals head coach Bobby Hinnenkamp after the game.
“Where Snohomish was and where we were, we’re just kind of muddled in that middle (of the Wesco 3A standings). Getting that first win of the new year, it was big. Just proud of the kids and the way they stepped up and followed through on our game plan.” Hinnenkamp continued.
The Royals doubled up the Panthers in the third quarter to cut the Snohomish lead to just one heading into the fourth.
It wasn’t until 4:55 remaining in the fourth quarter that Lynnwood saw their first lead of the game, thanks to a three pointer from guard Edgar Bernabe that made the score 47-46.
After a Snohomish three-pointer changed the lead to 49-47, Royals guard Timmy Taing hit a 3 from in front of the Lynnwood bench, then scored on a lay-in after a Panther turnover to give the Royals the lead for good.
“Timmy did an unbelievable job,” Hinnenkamp said. “He had the battle of playing Kolton (Smith), who to me is one of the best players in the league. Timmy’s a kid that had bought into his role this year. Some games he gets a lot of minutes, sometimes, not as many, but to see him step up at the end and make that 3, and then that lay-up, was just a great feeling.”
The Panthers’ Smith was the third leading scorer in the Wesco 3A conference coming into Friday night’s contest, averaging just over 21 points per game. The Royals utilized a box-and-one defense focused on limiting the damage Smith could do in the game, which payed off as they held him to just 13 points for the night.
Lynnwood was paced by Jerry Boston with 16, and Jayden Acosta with 12.
The Royals next game will be played next Wednesday, Jan. 16 when they host Shorewood at Lynnwood High School. The game will tip off at 7:15.
Prep Boys Basketball: Lynnwood at Snohomish; Jan. 11
Lynnwood 11 11 18 19 —59
Snohomish 16 16 9 13 —54
Lynnwood scoring: Jerry Boston 16, Jayden Acosta 12, Josh Siscar 9, Timmy Taing 7, Edgar Bernabe 7, Gabe Newson 6, Jordon Glover 2
Snohomish scoring: Wes Ostlund 16, Kolton Smith 13, Grady Kentch 11, Tayte Conover 7, Joshua Vandergriend 5, Jacob Brandvold 2
Records: Lynnwood 4-3 Conference, 5-8 overall; Snohomish 2-6 Conference, 5-8 overall
Lynnwood’s next game: versus Shorewood, Jan. 16, 7:15 p.m. at Lynnwood High School
Snohomish’s next game: versus Marysville-Pilchuck, Jan. 16, 7:15 p.m. at Snohomish High School.
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In other Lynnwood sports action on Friday, the Lady Royals struggled to keep pace with the visiting Snohomish Panthers and fell 64-31 at Lynnwood High School.
The 31 points scored by the Lady Royals is believed to be the team’s lowest game total since Dec. 5, 2007, in a 71-19 loss to the Oak Harbor Wildcats.
Prep Girls Basketball: Snohomish at Lynnwood, Jan. 11
Snohomish 8 16 17 23 — 64
Lynnwood 2 9 8 12 — 31
Lynnwood individual scoring: Nakia Boston 10, Mia Jones 8, Amayah Kirkman 7, Emily Whybark 3, Madison Steele 2, Eli Vazquez 1, Katelyn Kesinger, Marika Canda, Taylor Staheli, Jayden Angell, Chelsy Macias, Hailey Johnson, Cassidy Johnson
Snohomish individual scoring: Courtney Perry 17, Maya Duchesne 14, Kaylin Beckman 13, Kinslee Gallatin 6, Cheyenne Rodgers 4, Ella Gallatin 4, Heather Bartlett 4, Kayla Soderstrom 2, Bree Nichols, Averie Allbaugh, Gracie VanAssche
Records: Lynnwood 3-4 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 6-7 overall; Snohomish 7-1 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 8-6 overall
Lynnwood next game: versus Shorewood; Tuesday, Jan. 15; 7:15 p.m. at Shorewood High School
— By Scott Williams and Doug Petrowski