STANWOOD — Drew Stang threw his own block party Tuesday night.
Fortunately he invited the whole town of Stanwood to it as his triple-double, including a school-record 12 blocks, led the Spartans to a 77-61 win over Shorewood in the first round of the 3A District 1 Tournament at Stanwood H.S.
“Just incredible,” said Stanwood head coach Zach Ward of Stang’s performance. “He did everything. The last two games he turned it up even higher. … Just the intensity he’s playing with and the desire. He had a monster dunk on two guys down the lane.”
Stang finished with 25 points, 12 blocks and 11 rebounds as Stanwood had to play a tighter contest with Shorewood as compared to the 78-47 win Stanwood put on the Thunderbirds in the season finale on Wednesday. Stang was 9-for-12 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line.
Stanwood led 54-53 with 5 minutes to play, but a 3-pointer by Josh Thayer ignited a 10-0 run as Stanwood outscored Shorewood 23-8 to end the game.
“The biggest thing was our defensive adjustments,” Ward said of the fourth quarter run.
Shorewood 7 18 18 18 — 61
Stanwood 23 16 11 27 — 77
Shorewood—Anxhelos Pere 0, Taylor Freeman 26, Brandon Mar 11, Jordan Muir-Keung 5, Karson Gronvold 0, Zane Hopen 3, Aaron Okamura 0, Ezekial Lacey 1, Sam Boone 15. Stanwood—AJ Martinka 0, Ian Zipp 16, Anthony Engelhart, Josh Thayer 15, Drew Wright 0, Carlton McDonald, Brady Garcea 11, Karsten Chaplik 4, Drew Stang 25, Skout Roberson 6. 3-point goals—Zipp 3, Thayer 3, Chaplik, Freeman, Hopen. Records—Shorewood 11-10 overall. Stanwood 21-0.