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Originally published March 13, 2009 at 12:00 AM | Page modified March 13, 2009 at 9:33 AM

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Meadowdale grinds out win over Enumclaw

Meadowdale of Lynnwood slowed the pace, played miserly defense, and sunk clutch free throws in the end to seal a 47-41 win against No. 3 Enumclaw in a Class 3A boys state basketball quarterfinal Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.

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TACOMA — The game wasn't pretty. It wasn't high-scoring or flashy. It was classic Meadowdale boys basketball.

The Mavericks of Lynnwood slowed the pace, played miserly defense, and sank clutch free throws in the end to seal a 47-41 win against No. 3 Enumclaw in a Class 3A boys state basketball quarterfinal Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.

"We like to grind it out," said Meadowdale coach Chad McGuire. "We don't mind playing games in the low 40s."

The eighth-ranked Mavericks (22-4) play top-ranked Franklin (26-1) in the semifinals today at 7 p.m.

Meadowdale led for most of the second half, but the Hornets (23-3) cut the lead to 42-41 with less than a minute remaining on a layup by Jayson Lewis. Led by Khalid Surur's 4-for-4 effort, the Mavericks scored the last five points of the game from the line.

"We always seem to do just enough in the end to win games," said Meadowdale guard Roger O'Neill, who scored a team-high 18 points and made three three-pointers.

Said Hornets coach Phil Engebretsen: "I thought their execution was a little better than ours. They finished the game."

Enumclaw was led by the 14 points of junior guard Taylor Myers and played almost all the entire second half without starting forward Tarren VanTrojen. VanTrojen, a 6-foot-6 junior, played just 68 seconds after halftime because of foul trouble.

Meadowdale forward Connor Hamlett took advantage inside, scoring 13 of his 17 points after the break.

"That was a big key," Hamlett said. "Once he [VanTrojen] was out we started pounding it inside and scoring down low."

Meadowdale has made the 3A semifinals three times since 2003, but has never placed higher than sixth.

"We're going to get the best season in school history in the next two days," O'Neill said.

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