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Indians Celebrate Senior Night and Third Straight PVL Title

Feb 15, 2023 12:00AM ● By Story and photos by Steven Bryla

Marysville senior guard Josh Brown Jr. (1) attempts a shot in the paint versus Bear River in the Indians 68-48 win on Friday, February 10.

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MARYSVILLE, CA (MPG) - The Marysville Indians boys’ basketball team celebrated their third straight Pioneer Valley League last Friday night in their 68-48 victory over the Bear River Bruins.

The win over Bear River also resulted in Marysville ending the regular season on a 20-game win streak.

Indians head coach Stan Easter has expressed in multiple interviews and conversations with the Dispatch throughout the season that he tells his team they’re going to get everyone's best effort as they are the “top dog” in their league.

He added with them being at the top of the PVL the last couple of years, they are now the team that is being hunted.

It was also senior night last Friday, so there were multiple celebrations pre and post game. Marysville (25-3, 14-0 PVL) started the game off by making three consecutive three-point baskets all by three of their leading senior guards included by Josh Brown Jr., Amrin Mann and Kayden Ellyson.

The trio of guards led the Indians in scoring throughout the night as Mann led with a team-high 17 points throughout while Ellyson and Brown followed with 15 points a piece.

The Bruins were in the game in the first half as they trailed Marysville 34-26 at the end of the first half. Every single player on the Indians roster recorded a minimum of one stat throughout the game.

The depth on this roster has previously been mentioned through other Dispatch articles, but 10 different Indians assisted at least one basket against Bear River.

Marysville extended their lead convincingly in the third quarter and kept their lead consistently close to 20 points for the rest of the game.

Brown and Ellyson both mentioned to the Dispatch they know the Indians are capable of putting points on the board, but they focus more on the defensive side of the ball which allows them to eventually get a good rhythm on the offense.

When the game was over and hands were shaken with the Bruins, the Indians celebrated the PVL championship by cutting down one of their nets and each player and coach taking a strand of it.

Ellyson exclaimed to the Dispatch that their job for the season isn’t complete yet.

Marysville was named the number three seed in the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section CIF playoffs Saturday afternoon, which means they were able to host a home playoff game on Tuesday versus Dixon.

“We’re coming into these playoffs looking to continue to grow as a team,” Ellyson told the Dispatch.

The good news for the Indians is they are a perfect 11-0 at home this season, but Easter was also very quick to reiterate to the Dispatch that they are good at home but they did lose a home playoff game last season to Venture Academy of Stockton.

“Our home crowd brings a lot of intense energy that we feed off of,” Brown said.

He added they wouldn’t be as successful this season without the defense they have worked on all season.

The short-term goal for the Indians is to be playing for the Division IV SJS title on February 24 at the Golden 1 Center, but to get there Easter told the Dispatch it’s going to have to start with defense and then push the pace of the game.