Sehome Mariners boys' basketball preview capsule




Coach: AJ LaBree (sixth season)

Last year: Finished tied for third in the Northwest Conference with a 9-3 record. Ended season after going 2-2 in the 2A District 1/2 Tournament and finished 18-6 overall.

Players to watch: Evan Miksovsky (sr., G); Tanner Clark (jr., G); Leif Anderson (jr., G); Elijah Andrushenko (jr., G/F)

Outlook: The Mariners have a brand new group besides lone senior Evan Miksovsky (11.7 points per game), but coach AJ LaBree has been impressed with his group's effort, coachability and team speed. "Defensively, we are really good and like to fly around," LaBree said in a phone interview. "When people make mistakes, we don't get down, and that is a real strength of this team." Helping Miksovsky in the backcourt will be juniors Tanner Clark and Leif Anderson, who both already have shown their scoring capability. LaBree is hoping junior 6-foot-3 guard/forward Elijah Andrushenko can step up in the post with fellow 6-foot-3 junior forward Duncan James. LaBree said the Mariners will need to compete "night in and night out" at a high level if they want to reach the district tournament in an always competitive Northwest Conference.

2013-14 ROSTER

No. Name Yr. Ht. Pos.

2 Steven Thibou Jr. 5-10 G

3 Evan Miksovsky Sr. 6-2 G

4 Langston Engle Jr. 6-1 G

5 Marcus Montag Fr. 6-1 G

10 Elijah Andrushenko Jr. 6-3 G/F

11 Kenny Brown Jr. 5-11 G

12 Sam Carroll Jr. 6-4 F

13 Leif Anderson Jr. 6-0 G

20 Duncan James Jr. 6-3 F

22 Logan Deboo Fr. 6-4 G/F

24 Tanner Clark Jr. 5-10 G

33 Leighton Kingma So. 6-4 G/F

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Dec. 3 at Marysville-Getchell W 51-49

Dec. 6 Nooksack Valley W 93-56

Dec. 10 Squalicum L 57-49

Dec. 17 Delta Secondary, B.C. 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 20 at Sedro-Woolley 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 23 at Lynden 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 27 at Cashmere 5 p.m.

Dec. 28 at Brewster 3 p.m.

Dec. 30 Mount Baker 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 2 Anacortes 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 6 at Squalicum 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 10 at Ferndale 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 14 Mount Baker 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 21 at Blaine 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 24 Bellingham 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 27 Lynden 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 30 at Nooksack Valley 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 3 Meridian 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 7 at Lynden Christian 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 11 Burlington-Edison 7:15 p.m.

Reach ANDREW LANG at or call ext. 862.

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