Young Timberwolves post two victories at districts | Boys basketball

Jackson beats Lake Stevens, Cascade
By David Pan | Feb 16, 2018
Jackson’s Ben Olesen defends against Lake Stevens’ Jesse King during a first round 4A District tournament game Thursday, Feb. 8 at Jackson High School.

A young Jackson boys basketball team made its presence known at the 4A District tournament.

The Timberwolves, who came into the season with five new starters, opened with a 63-61 overtime victory over Lake Stevens Thursday, Feb. 8, at Jackson High School.

The win sent the Wolfpack into a semifinal matchup against defending district champion Glacier Peak. The Timberwolves struggled on offense, scoring only 16 points in the first half and ended up losing 61-43. The offensive output was the lowest of the season for Jackson (15-8).

The Timberwolves then regrouped to defeat Cascade 52-39 in a loser-out contest Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Everett Community College.

Junior Kyle Bigovich scored 14 points and junior Ben Olesen added 13. Sophomore Jaylen Searles scored 9 points and helped lead a third quarter charge where the Wolfpack seized the lead.

“I’m pleased we’ve had some success in the playoffs,” Jackson coach Steve Johnson said.

The Timberwolves switched up the defense in the third quarter and the change worked against the Bruins (6-16).

“We got them out of their rhythm. They were in a good rhythm in the first half,” Johnson said.

Jackson trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half.

“We refocused. We were playing a little tentative in the first and second quarters,” the Jackson coach said. “We got a lot more aggressive and let it all hang out.”

The Timberwolves found themselves in a pressure packed game against the Vikings in the district opener and they handled the pressure.

“I was pleased to find a way to get that done,” Johnson said.

Liddell scored 15 points and junior Joe Capponi added 12 points. Sophomore Jesse Hoiby had 10 points.

The Wolfpack struggled both on offense and defense against Glacier Peak. Olesen picked up three fouls in the first half, which didn’t help the Wolfpack’s cause, Johnson noted. Liddell finished with 12 points.

“We had to play better defense,” Johnson added. “They made some tough shots. … It didn’t really go well from the start and kind of continued the rest of the game.”

Jackson was scheduled to face Monroe in another loser-out game on Thursday, Feb. 15, after the Beacon’s deadline. The Bearcats defeated the Wolfpack twice during the regular season.

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