CC Roundup: Blazer Men, Women Split at Pierce

Blazers Falter in Second Half of Loss to Pierce

LAKEWOOD — Centralia couldn’t make its halftime lead hold up here Saturday, falling to Pierce 73-69 in NWAC West Region men’s basketball action.

Marqus Gilson turned in another big performance for the Trailblazers, scoring a game-high 26 points on 12 of 17 shooting with 15 rebounds and three assists.

Dionte Dixon added 17 for Centralia on 7 of 10 shooting with six rebounds and five assists, but no other Blazer scored over six points.

The Blazers led 60-40 with 10:48 left in the second half, but didn’t hit a field goal for over six minutes — which helped Pierce rattle off a 15-1 run to cut the lead to six points. The Raiders then took the lead on a jumper from D.J. Kerson that made it 64-63 with 3:32 to play, and didn’t trail the rest of the way.

Kerson finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds for Pierce.

Centralia (14-7, 4-2 league) hosts Highline at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

 

Lady Blazers Slip Past Pierce

LAKEWOOD — The Lady Blazers grinded out an NWAC West Region win here Saturday, beating Pierce 53-49 in women’s basketball play.

Centralia led 32-18 at halftime and held off the Raiders’ third-quarter surge, which trimmed the advantage to five points after three frames.

Devanie Kleemeyer came off the bench to lead Centralia with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Rachel Wilkerson chipped in nine points and Lindsey Nurmi added eight.

The Blazers turned the ball over 34 times and shot just 5 of 26 from long range (19 percent), but held a 62-47 advantage on the glass.

Pierce, meanwhile, went just 2 of 21 (9 percent) from the three-point arc and 16 of 71 (23 percent) from the field.

 

At Lakewood

RAIDERS 73, TRAILBLAZERS 69

Centralia 39 30 —69

Pierce     32 41 —73

Centralia (69) — Price 2, Clarke 3, Dixon 17, Gilson 26, Ashmore 5, Prangley 6, Hoff 2, Eiman 2, Stanley 6

FG: 28 of 64 —.438 FT: 6 of 10 —.600 Reb. 44 (Gilson 15)

Pierce (73) — Davis 16, Fortin 7, Hill, Bates 8, Kerson 20, Faries 12, Dominguez 3, Doss 5, Adeyemi 2

FG: 28 of 71 —.394 FT: 10 of 11 —.909 Reb. 38 (Kerson 13)

 

At Lakewood

LADY BLAZERS 53, RAIDERS 49

Centralia 12 20 13   8 —53

Pierce        6 12 22  9 —49

Centralia (53) — Cai 3, Yenne 7, Elwood 2, Nurmi 8, Talapu 7, Cash 4, Kleemeyer 11, Wilkerson 9, Christian 2

FG: 19 of 59 —.322 FT: 10 of 17 —.588 Reb. 62 (Kleemeyer 11)

Pierce (49) — Johnson 1, Clardy 9, Daube 10, Grant 6, Kelly 7, Mayo 3, Williams-Kennedy 9, Sparks 4

FG: 16 of 71 —.225 FT: 15 of 22 —.682 Reb. 47 (Johnson 8)

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