Archbishop Murphy regroups after tough loss to King's | Boys basketball

Wildcats defeat Sultan, Cedarcrest
By David Pan | Jan 19, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Archbishop Murphy’s Rwehabura Munyagi (right) is guarded by King’s Elyon Zevenbergen.

The Archbishop Murphy boys basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the New Year with a pair of victories over Sultan and Cedarcrest.

The Wildcats defeated the Turks 65-56 on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and followed that up with a 50-41 win over the Red Wolves, on Friday, Jan. 12, in Cascade Conference action.

The two victories moved Archbishop Murphy (5-2 in the league, 10-5 overall) into sole possession of second place in the league behind 1A South Whidbey (7-1, 13-4).

The Wildcats were coming off a 59-42 loss to King’s (5-3, 7-8) on Friday, Jan. 5, at Archbishop Murphy High School.

Junior forward Luke Bobin scored a game-high 14 points and senior guard Levi Bundrant added 11 points to lead King’s. Archbishop Murphy seniors Trey Miller scored 11 points and Rwehabura Munyagi had 10 points.

Wildcats coach Len Bone said the team wasn’t a cohesive unit against the Knights.

“We’ve just got to be more on the same page, especially when we’re on offense,” Bone said. “We didn’t execute as well as all of us want to.”

The Wildcats also had four players with two fouls at halftime.

“We got into foul trouble early in the game,” Bone said. “That didn’t help. Yet we were still down by six (32-26).”

The Knights outscored the Wildcats 14-6 in the third quarter.

“They had about a 10-2 run and all of sudden six went to 14,” Bone said.

King’s kept the pressure on Archbishop Murphy the rest of the contest.

“They guarded better. They shared the ball better,” Bone said. “It seemed like they were a little bit more active than we were. … We just seemed to never be able to get any real momentum.”

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