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Behind its big men, Stanwood cruises past Everett to stay unbeaten | Boys basketball

After a brief deviation, the Spartans got back to their inside-outside offense for a comfortable 65-50 win.

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STANWOOD — The key to Stanwood’s offense is the inside-outside game. When the Spartans deviate from that strategy, the results can get ugly.

The No. 7 Spartans showed both sides to their offense on Friday night, recovering from a forgettable third quarter to claim a 65-50 win over visiting Everett.

Stanwood (10-0) didn’t score its first point of the second half, which came on a free throw, until there was 4:21 left in the third quarter. The Spartans didn’t hit their first field goal until there was 2:48 left in the third. If they didn’t have a comfortable lead — they built a 35-17 halftime advantage — or a stingy defense, the outcome could have been quite different.

“I think we saw them pack it in a little bit as players, and we were comfortable with just shooting threes,” Stanwood coach Zach Ward said. “That’s not what we want to do. We want to go inside-out. That’s the same message every day — inside-out.”

Forgotten in the third quarter, 6-foot-8 Drew Stang and 6-foot-5 Skout Roberson became the focal points of the offense late in the game. Once Stanwood returned to its basic offensive philosophies with its big men, the lead, which was 12 at one point in the third quarter, swelled back to as much as 21 in the final quarter.

Stang finished with a team-high 16 points, 12 of which came in the first half. Josh Thayer added 14, but proved to be key for Stanwood when he scored seven of the team’s 12 third-quarter points to keep its lead in double digits.

David Popach scored 23 for Everett (6-4) and was 5 of 9 from beyond the arc.

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