Marysville Pilchuck’s RaeQuan Battle celebrates his game-winning basket after the Tomahawks beat Edmonds-Woodway 55-53 Friday in Edmonds. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Marysville Pilchuck’s RaeQuan Battle celebrates his game-winning basket after the Tomahawks beat Edmonds-Woodway 55-53 Friday in Edmonds. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

UW signee carries MP to dramatic Wesco 3A win

Marysville Pilchuck’s RaeQuan Battle sank a buzzer-beating layup in a 55-53 win over Edmonds-Woodway.

EDMONDS — Jaw-dropping dunks, freakishly-athletic chase-down blocks and a game-winning basket. That’s quite a night for anyone, yet it only begins to describe the brilliance of RaeQuan Battle’s Friday evening at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

The University of Washington signee poured in 43 of his team’s 55 points to go with a game-high 19 rebounds and carried Marysville Pilchuck to a dramatic 55-53 Wesco 3A win over Edmonds-Woodway.

“I really didn’t take over,” Battle said. “It’s really our offense. I forced a couple shots on my own, but it’s really our offense that creates for me and gets me open whenever they can.”

After scoring 16 fourth-quarter points, there was no secret in whose hands MP coach Bary Gould was putting the ball with the game tied and six seconds left on the clock.

Battle worked off a screen to get open in the backcourt, quickly worked his way down the right side, split two defenders near the free-throw line and made an uncontested layup at the buzzer to seal an incredible comeback win.

“Anytime anyone asks me about RaeQuan, the basketball stuff there isn’t really anything that shocks me,” Gould said. “… He’s a really special kid, a special human being and by the way a pretty good basketball player, too.”

Battled dazzled all night with a collection of dunks that included a fastbreak windmill, an emphatic one-handed putback and several of the two-hand variety. His final line was 43 points, 19 rebounds, four steals and three blocks.

But for of Battle’s impressive play, Edmonds-Woodway led nearly the entire game and featured its own star in Mutdung Bol. The long, athletic 6-foot-3 junior finished with a team-high 25 points and had five steals to go with a few of his own dunks.

The Warriors’ continuous fullcourt defensive pressure caused 21 turnovers for Marysville Pilchuck (3-3, 2-0 Wesco 3A), which was without its starting point guard in junior Luke Dobler.

Bol’s 12 first-quarter points helped Edmonds-Woodway (2-3, 0-2) build a 22-12 lead heading into the second, and the Warriors entered the fourth leading 44-34.

A 3-pointer from Bol with 6:50 to play extended the lead to 49-36 before Battle took over.

Outside a pair of free throws from the Tomahawks’ Aaron Kalab, Battle scored 17 of MP’s final 19 points. Bol fouled out with 55 seconds remaining, and with the Warriors down 53-50, Nuer Bol made a triple to set up Battle’s late winner.

“We could have fallen out at any moment,” Battle said. “They could have went up by 20, 25. They could have pushed the lead, pushed the lead, but we stayed the course, calmed down and just played our own game.

IMPACT

Marysville Pilchuck (3-3, 2-0 Wesco 3A) earned its second straight win and has gotten off to a strong start in league play. The win, especially in the dramatic fashion in which it came, will benefit MP as its looks to repeat as district champions.

Edmonds-Woodway (2-3, 0-2) was impressive in the narrow loss, and the Bol brothers, Mutdung and Nuer, will be tough for Wesco teams to slow down this winter.

TOP PERFORMERS

RaeQuan Battle, Marysville Pilchuck — Battle scored a game-high 43 points to go with 19 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Add another chapter to what’s already an impressive career for the senior.

Mutdung Bol, Edmonds-Woodway — Bol and Battle separated themselves Friday with their outstanding athleticism and length. Although Battle came away with the win, Bol presented an entertaining matchup with Battle. Bol finished with a team-high 25 points and five steals.

QUOTABLE

“What a cool environment on a Friday night. They got their money’s worth. That’s for sure,” -Marysville Pilchuck coach Bary Gould.

Talk to us

More in Sports

FILE - Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda autographs a baseball in the Dodgertown locker-room in Vero Beach, Fla., in this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1990, file photo. Tommy Lasorda, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles and later became an ambassador for the sport he loved during his 71 years with the franchise, has died. He was 93. The Dodgers said Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, that he had a heart attack at his home in Fullerton, California. Resuscitation attempts were made on the way to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Former Cascade baseball coach remembers time with MLB legend

Bob Smithson spent time in the minor leagues playing against up-and-coming manager Tommy Lasorda.

Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris (13) in the second half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, Nov. 1 2020, in Commerce City, Colo. The Rapids won 3-1. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Sounders star Morris may leave team to play in Europe

The 26-year-old forward is reportedly in talks with Swansea City AFC.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) talks with head coach Pete Carroll before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seahawks’ Wilson: ‘We want to win more Super Bowls’

The star quarterback says he expects to have input on who will be the next offensive coordinator.

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Poona Ford turns away from the field as he stands at the bench late in the second half of Seattle’s playoff loss to the Los Angels Rams last Saturday at Lumen Field. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
POLL RESULTS: Seahawks’ season was not a success

Despite Seattle going 12-4, more than double the voters considered the season a failure than a success.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) gets instruction from quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton during an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. The most recognizable trend in hiring NFL head coaches has been to target young, innovative offensive teachers with a track record of developing quarterbacks. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)
Who will become Seahawks’ next offensive coordinator?

A look at some candidates who may be able to step in for the recently ousted Brian Schottenheimer.

Lakewood's Landen Pruitt runs the ball during the 2A State playoff game against Sequim on Friday, Nov. 15, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
WIAA announces another change to prep sports schedule

The announcement comes after new plans from the governor. Wesco is still submitting its own proposal.

Washington forward Hameir Wright (13) shoots between Southern California forward Isaiah Mobley (3) and forward Evan Mobley (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
UW men lose to USC, fall to 1-10 on season

The Huskies remain winless in Pac-12 play after a 95-68 road loss to the Trojans.

Gonzaga forward Drew Timme (2) shoots while pressured by Pepperdine forward Kene Chukwuka (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
No. 1 Gonzaga overcomes poor 1st half, rolls past Pepperdine

The Bulldogs were up just four at halftime, but cruise down the stretch to win 95-70.

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider walks on the field during warmups before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Seattle. The Seahawks have agreed to a contract extension with general manager John Schneider that will keep him tied to the franchise through the 2027 draft. The Seahawks announced Schneider’s extension on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, three days after their season ended in a 30-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wild-card playoff game. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seahawks agree to contract extension with Schneider

The well-regarded general manager is now tied to the team through the 2027 draft.

Most Read