MOUNT VERNON - It took a lot for the Sehome boys' basketball team to make it to this point, and it took a lot out of them.
After battling through a tough Northwest Conference regular-season schedule, the fourth-seeded Mariners had to go on the road to beat Sultan in the first round of the Class 2A Bi-District Tournament, before holding off a second-half rally against Archbishop Murphy in a must-win game on Thursday, Feb. 20, just to punch their ticket to the regional round of the Class 2A State Tournament.
After running that gauntlet, coach A.J. LaBree said he was looking forward to enjoying the third-place game of the tournament on Saturday, Feb. 22, which was for little more than seeding.
He didn't end up enjoying it too much, though, as Anacortes ran away for a 65-52 victory. Joe D'Amelio turned in an impressive performance with 15 points, 13 rebounds and three steals, while Ty Johnson scored 16 and Jordan Neville added 14 for the Seahawks.
"Honestly, I think we looked tired," LaBree said. "I know they're playing the same amount of games as us, but we looked tired - just some laziness taking care of the ball. Then they really put it out of reach with a couple times in a row when they threw the long pass down court, and we just kind of stood around watching. Next thing you know we go from hanging around trying to make a run at one point to 20 points down."
The loss relegates Sehome (17-7) to the No. 4 seed out of the bi-district and a trip south to face District 4 No. 1 seed Mark Morris in the regional. The time and location of that game will be released by the WIAA on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Though Mark Morris is an approved site to host a regional, the WIAA is not allowing schools to play on their home court, meaning the game will likely be at one of the other District 4 regional sites at Tumwater or Chehalis W.F. West.
Anacortes (18-5), the defending 2A state runners-up, will head south to play District 3 No. 2 seed Fife.
There was little doubt which team was headed where after the first quarter, when the Seahawks jumped out to a 23-8 lead thanks to some nice marksmanship from Johnson, D'Amelio and Daniel McInerney, who all hit 3-pointers in the quarter and helped the Seahawks hit 10 of 19 field-goal attempts in the period.
Sehome awoke to close to within 31-22 by halftime and even got as close as eight points midway through the third, when Tanner Clark converted a 3-point play to make it 39-31.
But D'Amelio drained his third 3 of the night to open a 12-3 run to close out the quarter that continued with Anacortes scoring the first six points of the fourth to make it 57-34.
"I'm a little concerned of course, because we didn't score the ball real well throughout until the end when we had reserves in," LaBree said. "Those guys came out, played well and made it look closer at the end."
Another area of concern was on the boards, where Anacortes turned in a 48-33 advantage. D'Amelio wasn't the only Seahawk to reach double figures rebounding, as Andrew Medalia had 12.
Miksovsky led Sehome with 10 and Clark grabbed seven.
"It's kind of been a problem all year," LaBree said. "I know we were getting doubled up at halftime. With a smaller group like we have, you really have to focus on blocking out and really working for rebounds."
Miksovsky led the Mariners with 12 points, giving him a double-double. Leif Anderson and Clark joined him in double figures with 10 points apiece, while Duncan James had six.
"We made some mistakes, and we'll try to clean those up this week," LaBree said. "We're still alive; that's the big thing. ...We've got some film (on Mark Morris), and we'll start getting ready."
And the best news is they'll get the better part of a week to rest up.
Reach David Rasbach at email@example.com or 360-715-2286.
ANACORTES 65, SEHOME 52
Sehome 8 14 12 18 - 52
Anacortes 23 8 20 14 - 65
Sehome: Steven Thibou 2, Evan Miksovsky 12, Logan Deboo 3, Marcus Montag 3, Elijah Andrushenko 2, Sam Carroll 0, Leif Anderson 10, Duncan James 6, Tanner Clark 10, Leighton Kingma 4, Jake Albert 0. Team totals: 16-57 16-25 52.
Anacortes: Kaleb Wigen 2, Jake Richards 0, Ty Johnson 16, Tristen Hayes 0, Jordan Neville 14, Daniel McInerney 6, Joe D' Amelio 15, Andrew Medalia 8, Zach Vance 0, Peter Haynes 4. Team totals: 27-69 3-4 65.
3-ptg: Sehome 4 (Miksovsky, Deboo, Anderson, Kingma), Anacortes 8 (D'Amelio 3). Rebounds: Sehome 33 (Miksovsky 10), Anacortes 48 (D'Amelio 13). Assists: Sehome 3 (Anderson 2), Anacortes 13 (Neville 5). Fouls: Sehome 8, Anacortes 18. Turnovers: Sehome 10, Anacortes 10.
Reach DAVID RASBACH at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-2271.