Archbishop Murphy edges Sehome 63-62 | Boys basketball
Archbishop Murphy rallied from a 15-point third quarter deficit and then survived three potential game-winning shot attempts by Sehome to escape with a thrilling 63-62 victory in a loser-out 2A Bi-District boys basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Skagit Valley College.
“It was just grit and heart,” Wildcats coach Anthony Slater said.
Slater told his players to keep the pressure on the Mariners and to keep fighting in the third quarter and eventually Archbishop Murphy cut the deficit in half.
“Sehome started missed shots,” Slater said. “Abraham Lucas turned into a man and started finishing everything on the rim.”
Senior Connor Johnson played an integral role in the Wildcats’ comeback, Slater added.
Johnson, the starting quarterback on the Wildcats state championship football team, started drawing fouls, playing aggressive defense and being on a force on the boards.
Archbishop Murphy took the lead with just over a minute left in the game and then survived three Sehome shot attempts in the last 5.7 seconds.
“They had a chance. They had three good looks at the basket,” Slater said.
None of the shots, however, hit the rim.
The Wildcats were led by Jaylon Carter, who scored 21 points, and Lucas, who had 18. Johnson finished with 11 points.
Archbishop Murphy takes on Bellingham in another loser-out game on Thursday, Feb. 16, after the Beacon’s deadline. A win on Thursday would send the Wildcats into a winner-to-state regionals/loser-out game against either Liberty or Lynden on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Archbishop Murphy opened district play with a 74-60 victory over Blaine Feb. 10 at Archbishop Murphy High School. Carter scored 28 points and Lucas added 25.
Liberty then knocked off the Wildcats 63-52 in a quarterfinal contest Feb. 11 at Liberty High School.
“It’s been exciting,” Slater said of the Wildcats’ playoff run. “I don’t think nobody expected us to go this far. … We have all the pieces to make a state run. It’s been a great journey. Everybody is coming together.”