When he wasn’t draining one of his three 3-pointers or snatching one of his game-high seven steals in Friday’s 61-50 win at Shorecrest, Jackson senior forward Mike Wishko anchored an undersized frontline that posted a 16-6 edge in offensive rebounds.
With fellow ‘bigs’ Austin O’Keefe (6.4 ppg), a 6-4 junior, and 6-5 senior star quarterback Andy Gay (2.1 ppg) teaming with the 6-4 Wishko (7.7 ppg), Jackson’s assumed weakness has steadily improved.
“Our big guys, quote on quote, are unsung,” Jackson coach Steve Johnson said. “Obviously, our guards get a lot of attention, and deservedly so. But Andy and Austin and Mike are really good athletes and they compete.”
With four more wins, Jackson (15-1, 13-1 WesCo South) can become the first one-loss Wesco team — North or South — since Snohomish accomplished the feat in back-to-back years (2007-08).
But the Timberwolves must get past Meadowdale (13-3, 11-3), which invades Mill Creek on Friday. The Mavericks won the previous meeting by outscoring Jackson 18-2 in overtime.