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Preparing for playoffs, Cedarcrest tops Sultan, readies for conference leaders
In the midst of an intense game schedule, that saw Cedarcrest play three games last week, the Red Wolves hosted the Sultan Turks Wednesday, Jan. 11, for a traditionally scrappy game between the two.
"Sultan always plays pretty tough, though," said 6'1" senior Tanner Marty who had a noteworthy game for the Red Wolves, with 11 points, 9 rebounds and a blocked shot for the night.
About his strong performance, Marty said "I just didn't worry about it," but added, "Every game right now is pretty much a playoff game for us."
Cedarcrest defeated Sultan 67 to 53, with well-distributed scoring from nine players, led by Zach Taylor with 18 points, Marty with 11, Hunter Lee with 9, Nick Cardon with 8, Justin Houser with 7 including the three-pointer that started the scoring, Chris Dowd and Jordan Corpus with 5 each, and Tyler Reeves and John Soule with 2 each.
Prince was happy that his athletes were able to play their game. "We play an aggressive, fouling offense," he said
Cedarcrest made 17 fouls during the game, to Sultan's 18, so "I thought we were pretty well-balanced," Prince said. "But we put (Sultan's Brock VandenEckart) on the line too much."
A 6'3" junior, VandenEkart made 12 of his 15 free throws during the game, scoring 28 points overall.
Both teams were 4-3 in the Cascade Conference, following the Cedarcrest win Wednesday, and Cedarcrest's overall record was 8-5. The Red Wolves travelled to bottom-ranked Coupeville Friday, and will face the top two-ranked teams in the conference next week. On Tuesday, Jan. 17, they host Archbishop Murphy, 4-3 in the conference and 5-7 overall, in what's expected to be a packed house, and on Friday, they host Kings, ranked 7-0 in the conference, 11-2 overall.
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