Wildcats open with victory | Boys basketball
Last updated 12/7/2018 at Noon
Archbishop Murphy pulled out a victory in its season opener with defense and balanced scoring.
The Wildcats overcame a 7-point third quarter deficit by outscoring Blaine 18-6 in the final period to prevail 52-47 in a nonconference boys basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, at Archbishop Murphy High School.
The Wildcats graduated their top two scorers from last year’s district playoff squad.
“I think we’ve got some kids who are going to step into those roles and be able to do some good things,” second-year coach Len Bone said. “It might take a little bit.”
Bone said that the team’s best shooters are senior guard Cole Calnon and sophomore Zach Ingle.
Calnon and junior guard Mateo Trimble each scored a team-high 8 points. Four other players each chipped in 7 points junior Jack Barnes, sophomore Josh McCarron, senior Erick LaMarre and junior point guard Jaxon Miller.
Archbishop Murphy likely will be challenged by teams with size. The Wildcats have a 6-foot-5 and a 6-3 forward, but the rest of the players are 6-2 or smaller.
“Our big guys can be a factor. We have four or five of them,” Bone said. “It’ll be by committee.”
The goal defensively against taller teams is to not let them get the ball down low to their big people.
“We’re going to try to extend them a little bit defensively and hopefully slow that down,” Bone said.
Bone is excited about the Wildcats’ overall level of talent.
“I think we’re deeper. We’re going to play more guys,” he said.
This is Archbishop Murphy’s first season as a member of the Wesco 3A and the Wildcats are looking forward to going up against teams, such as Arlington, Marysville-Pilchuck and Mountlake Terrace.
“We’ll have some tough nights,” Bone said. “A lot of teams are better than us in Wesco. It’ll be a good challenge. That’s how we get better.”