EVERETT — Isaiah White had ice water in his veins. Not just in the final seconds, but all game long.
White capped off a sensational all-court game by draining four free throws in the final 12 seconds, leading the Everett Seagulls to a 58-54 victory over the Marysville Getchell Chargers on Saturday afternoon in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at the Class 3A District 1 high school boys basketball tournament at Everett Community College.
White, who finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists, led the way as eighth-seeded Everett (15-10) earned its first trip to state since 2000.
“It feels amazing, we worked very hard this season for this opportunity, so we just made the best of it,” White said.
“It was the little things (that were the difference),” White added. “They’re a great team, they hit their big shots. We’re a great team, we hit big shots. So it was the little things — 50-50 balls, diving on the ground, hitting free throws, things like that — that made the difference.”
Hayden Conaxis added 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, and Isaiah Parker had 10 points and seven boards for Everett.
Bubba Palacol had 13 points, five assists and four steals, Zachary Rice had 12 points on four 3-pointers, and Wyatt Harris scored 11 to lead sixth-seeded Marysville Getchell (16-8).
Saturday’s game was a battle between evenly-matched teams, with the lead changing on nearly every possession during the second half. It was also a coaching chess match as both teams constantly switched up defenses. Inevitably, the score was tied heading into the final minute, with the teams knotted at 52-52.
Everett star point guard Daniel Savovic may not have had his best game, but he came up big when it mattered most as he slipped through the lane and scored at the hoop with 28.1 seconds remaining to give the Seagulls the lead.
Marysville Getchell had the ball with the chance to tie or take the lead, but Everett reserve Mauricio Garcia-Luna, who was subbed in to play defense for that possession, came up with a steal.
The Chargers fouled multiple times, eventually sending White to the free-throw line for a one-and-one with 8.1 seconds remaining. White calmly sunk both ends to make it a four-point lead. Getchell’s Shawn Etheridge went the length of the court to cut it back to two with 2.0 remaining, but White again was fouled and made both ends of the one-and-one to ice it.
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