Royston among several key returners for Whitman

Marcus Whitman’s Aidan Royston (11) averaged 6.1 points, 4.0 deflections, 4.0 steals and 3.0 assists per game for the Class C1 champions. (Photo provided)

By JOHN LIKANJE

Marcus Whitman junior Aidan Royston contributed on a Wildcats’ squad that tallied 17 victories and notched their first sectional title in 44 years. The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 6.1 points, four deflections, four steals and three assists per game.

Royston scored double-figures in five of 24 games played, including a season-high 19 in the sectional semifinals against Gananda. In the 74-67 victory, the junior guard made nine field goals while guarding the Blue Panthers’ best player, Andrew Gabbard.

Royston converted 51 percent (57-of-111) of his shots from inside the arc and took eight charges this season. Other milestones this year included six assists on December 5th in a 69-50 win over World of Inquiry and seven steals on December 3rd in a 45-34 victory over Mynderse.

Royston will return next season in an expanded role along with leading scorers Noah Hildreth and Jordan Lahue. Royston has played AAU for Central Western.

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