2B Boys Basketball: Cardinals Cruise Past Traveling Trojans
By The Chronicle
WINLOCK — The Cardinals jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and led the game wire-to-wire as they routed Pe Ell 67-51 in a boys Central 2B League basketball contest here Friday night.
Nicholas Patching scored a game-high 22 points for the Cardinals and chipped in eight assists and seven rebounds to round out a hearty effort.
“It seems like every night someone steps up and scores for us when we need it. I was happy for him,” said Winlock coach Nick Bamer.
Bamer was especially pleased with his team’s rebounding effort on the night, which saw them beat the Trojans by a count of 43-28 on the glass. Wyatt Dean led the Cardinals with 11 rebounds while Dawson Hall grabbed seven boards.
“That’s all we have been emphasizing. We’ve got five guys who constantly help us,” said Bamer, who highlighted Patching’s performance in particular. “To have that from a point guard who’s also scoring, that’s huge.”
In addition to his glass cleaning efforts Hall added 15 points to the Cardinal tally. Those stats are more or less in line with what Bamer expects out of his junior post.
“Dawson’s been playing a lot better lately. First of all he’s playing a lot better defensively and secondly he’s letting the offensive come to him,” said Bamer. “He’s really coming into his own right now.”
Bamer said he was confident coming into the game that his team would be able to force turnovers and get the best of Pe Ell, although he said pregame that it was by no means a game that should be taken for granted.
“Frankly, we just packed it in and fortunately they didn’t shoot the ball very well,” said Bamer.
Pe Ell managed to shoot just 32 percent from the field and 23 percent from the free throw line for the game.
Still, at least one Trojan caught Bamer’s eye on the evening.
“That Jurek kid works hard. He’s just an animal,” said Bamer of senior Kaelin Jurek who scored a team-high 14 points for the Trojans.
The win brought Winlock’s league record up to 3-7 and buoyed their playoff outlook heading into the home stretch of the regular season.
“It puts us in a great position,” said Bamer who is hoping for a pair of wins early next week to keep the ball rolling in the right direction.
Winlock (5-10, 3-7 league) will host Rainier on Monday and Wahkiakum on Wednesday.
CARDINALS 67, TROJANS 51
Winlock 19 16 15 17 —67
Pe Ell 10 14 14 13 —51
Winlock (67) — Whitehead 9, Dean 8, Richendollar 3, Patching 22, Steveson 6, Weinert 2, Hall 15, Coleman 2
FG: 23 of 63 —.365 FT: 13 of 23 —.565 Reb: 43 (Dean 11)
Pe Ell (51) — Duncan 7, Jurek 14, Gutierrez 6, Blankenship-Todd 9, McCalden 8, Shepherd 5, Prestegord 2
FG: 19 of 59 —.322 FT: 3 of 13 —.230 Reb: 28