Friday’s Boys Basketball: Valley Holds Pirates at Bay
By The Chronicle
MENLO — Adna turned in a frenzied comeback effort here Friday night but came up short as they fell 60-51 to Willapa Valley at the Jack Q. Pearson Holiday Classic.
The Vikings jumped out to an early lead and won every quarter except for the fourth. However, Willapa Valley had staked out a 44-28 lead prior to that decisive frame.
Adna scored 23 points in the fourth quarter but a flurry of Vikings free throws ripped the net and kept the Pirates at arms distance. Willapa Valley hit 14 of 17 free throws in the game compared to just five of ten for Adna.
“They hit a lot of them late. We were fouling them late and trying to come back. They were 8 of 9 in the fourth quarter to not allow us a chance to really close that gap,” said Adna coach Luke Salme.
Matt Pearson led the Vikings with a team-high 18 points while Logan Walker added 17 points.
“They were the better offensive team. They have two guys who can really generate baskets in Walker and Pearson and honestly that’s the biggest difference,” said Salme. “We have to find ourselves a little bit offensively.”
Adna’s Austen Apperson scored a game-high 19 points and Cole Fay added 14.
“We did not go away. We had a really bad end of the second quarter and first half of the third quarter. I don’t think we had a basket and they got on a run. I think they were up 17 at one point,” said Salme. “I know my guys are going to compete, and compete, and compete, and we got it to six points but they just kept knocking down their free throws.”
Adna (6-2, 2-0 league) will host Morton-White Pass in a Central 2B League matchup on Thursday.
Onalaska’s Defense Tough In Win Over South Bend
PE ELL — Onalaska held South Bend to six points in each the first and second quarters to cruise to a 61-39 win in a boys basketball game at the Pe Ell Tournament here on Friday.
Carter Whitehead led all scorers with 12 points and five steals. Kayden Allison added 11 points, Alex Frazier recorded 10 points and Kyle Hamilton grabbed seven rebound for the Loggers.
Drew Rose tallied 11 points to lead South Bend.
The Loggers held the Indians to 34 percent shooting while Onalaska shot 46 percent from the field.
“We played pretty hard on defense. It was a good tournament for us,” Onalaska coach Wayne Nelson said. “I thought our guys played hard, very unselfish. Lots of guys played well on defense.”
The Loggers led 17-6 after one quarter and expanded the lead to 29-12 at halftime. Onalaska held South Bend to nine points in the third quarter to pull away for a win.
Onalaska (6-4, 0-2) is back in action next Thursday on the road against Toledo in a Central 2B League game.
Morton-White Pass Dominates Cle Elum
ELLENSBURG — Morton-White Pass held Cle Elum to 17 percent shooting to cruise to a 56-18 win in a non-league boys basketball game at Central Washington University here on Friday.
Hayden Young led all scorers with 19 points. Dylan Richards and Elliott Smith each added 10 points and Kaleb Rashoff and Gavyn Higdon each grabbed seven rebounds.
Adam Rinaldi scored 11 points to lead the Warriors.
Morton-White Pass shot 38 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle, 41-34.
“Defensively, we were fairly sound. They understood the game plan and I thought we did some good stuff. They are a really young team and we were too physical for them,” MWP coach Chad Cramer said. “We really wanted to establish a paint presence and that was helpful. The young guys came out and did a good job defensively as well. It was nice to get the rust off after a long layoff.”
MWP’s Young made five of seven attempts from behind the arc in the first half to help the T-Wolves gain a 33-14 lead at halftime. The defense tightened up even more for MWP in the second half, allowing just two points in each quarter to run away with the win.
MWP (7-2, 1-1) faces Woodland at 5 p.m. in Ellensburg on Saturday.
Mountaineers Climb Over Trojans
PE ELL — Pe Ell had one bad quarter which was enough to allow Rainier to earn a 62-45 win over the Trojans in a boys basketball game at the Pe Ell Tournament here on Friday.
Dana Isham led all scorers with 23 points for Pe Ell. Jeremiah Yost chipped in eight points and five rebounds.
Ethan MacFarland scored 15 points and Wyatt Coleman chipped in 13 points for Rainier.
Pe Ell shot just 29 percent from the field while Rainier shot 44 percent. The Mountaineers also won the rebounding battle, 28-18.
“I’m tired of losing to people we should beat because we can’t shoot the basketball. We played hard, we just can’t consistently score,” Pe Ell coach Chris Fitzgerald said. “Our posts are getting good looks if we weren’t so scared of what they were doing. It doesn’t make sense. They’ll run through a wall playing defense but on offense, they choke it up. I don’t get it.”
Fitzgerald did not the quality performance of Isham against Rainier, noting he played a great game.
Rainier led by just four points after one quarter, but the Mountaineers scored 23 in the second quarter to lead 37-24 at halftime. Pe Ell could never get a comeback going in the second half as Rainier outscored Pe Ell 25-21.
Pe Ell (0-10, 0-8) travels to Willapa Valley on Wednesday for a Pacific 2B League game.
Bulldogs Roll Past Bearcats
YAKIMA — The Bearcats couldn’t get much offense going against Cashmere here on Friday, falling to the Bulldogs 71-44 at the SunDome Shootout.
Colby White scored nine points and had seven rebounds to lead the Bearcats. Troy Yarter added eight points and Eli-Burdick-Wesen recorded seven points and seven boards.
Cashmere’s Mason Landdeck led all scorers with 18 points. Nate Phillips scored 17 points and Sam Phillips chipped in 14 points for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs started strong and led 20-11 after one quarter and continued to pour it on in the second quarter for a 38-21 lead at halftime. Cashmere scored 20 points in the third quarter to put the game away for good.
W.F. West (3-7) begins Evergreen 2A Conference play on Thursday, traveling to Aberdeen to face the Bobcats.
Sanchez’s Buzzer Beater Lifts Rochester Past Tenino
ROCHESTER — Rochester’s Enrique Sanchez tipped a shot into the basket as time expired to lift the Warriors to a 50-48 win over Tenino in a non-league boys basketball game here on Friday.
Keegan Goldrick led all scorers with 27 points for the Warriors. Sanchez scored seven points and Patrick Riley added seven points and four rebounds.
Logan Brewer scored 21 points and Yngwie Dowies recorded 20 points for the Beavers.
Tenino gained a 15-11 lead after one quarter and pushed the lead to 26-17 at halftime.
Rochester dug deep and came back in the second half, cutting the Tenino lead to 36-30 going into the final quarter. The Warriors scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, and with the game tied at 48, Goldrick’s late shot didn’t fall but Sanchez was there with the put-back for the victory.
“We came back. We didn’t quit. It’s been a little bit of a struggle for us lately and to get a win out of it, it puts a little value on some of the stuff we’re working at,” Rochester coach Mark Goldrick said. “Keegan had a really good game. Everybody did their part and we didn’t give up on the last possession We did just enough of the little things down the stretch to get the win.”
Rochester (1-8) hosts Tumwater to open EvCo play on Thursday while Tenino (7-2) hosts Three Rivers Christian on Saturday in a non-league game.
Comets Win Collision With Winlock
MENLO — A slow start put Winlock between a rock and a hard place here Friday as they dropped a non-league boys basketball game 61-54 to Naselle at the Jack Q. Pearson Holiday Classic.
The Comets went up 25-16 after one quarter and pushed that lead out to 15 points by halftime.
“Offensively in the first quarter we looked pretty good. The defense though, we were trying very hard, but for one they didn’t miss and two, we were breaking down a little bit,” explained Winlock coach Nick Bamer. “We did a lot better job in the second half with not gambling and keeping our guys in front of us.”
Winlock won both the third and fourth quarters but couldn’t make up all the ground they’d given up to the Comets early on.
“Our effort tonight was very good. We showed up and played a more complete game then we did last night,” said Bamer.
Winlock was paced by Noah Patching’s 16 points. Bryce Cline added 13 points and Coleson Richendollar added 11. Bamer said it was a season-high scoring total for Patching.
“He had a good game,” said Bamer. “We’re asking him to score at the rim and at the free throw line and he’s really embraced that.”
Antonio Nolan led Naselle with a game-high 18 points.
Winlock (3-8, 1-1) will play at Mossyrock on Jan. 3 in Central 2B League contest.
Tigers Stuffed by Royal
YAKIMA — A clunker of a second half left Centralia looking up at Royal here on Friday as they fell 63-47 in a non-league boys basketball game at the SunDome Shootout.
After trailing by a pair of points at the intermission the Knights outscored the Tigers 36-18 in the final two frames in order to secure the victory.
“Once again it was a game where we played a great three, or two and a half quarters I’d say, and then we just kind of fizzled at the end,” said Centralia coach Kyle Donahue.
Owen Ellis led Royal with a game-high 25 points but no other Knights reached double digits.
“They had pretty balanced scoring they just got hot at the end of the game. They hit a couple of three’s really late in the game that pushed the score out ahead,” said Donahue. “It was a closer game than the score showed at the end.”
Malakai Emmons paced Centralia with 11 points. Michael Ajoge added 10 points for the Tigers while Tyler Milton chipped in nine points.
After their final game of 2018 Donahue was eager to look forward to the new year and the start of 2A Evergreen Conference play. He says he thinks his team can shock some people in the games that really count.
“I’ve told these kids that nothing we’ve done up to this point matters. It all comes down to the league and the league’s kind of interesting this year. Nobody is coming into league with a winning record so far this year other than Aberdeen, which surprises me somewhat,” Donahue said. “It’s a new season come January.”
Centralia (1-9) will host Black Hills on Jan. 3 in a 2A EvCo contest.
At Pe Ell
LOGGERS 61, INDIANS 39
Onalaska 17 12 18 14 —61
South Bend 6 6 9 18 —39
Onalaska (61) — Dalsted 3, Whitehead 12, Frazier 10, K. Hamilton 3, Volk 5, Haight 7, Lawrence 4, Allison 11, S. Hamilton 2, Fritch 3
FG: 24 of 52 —.461 FT: 5 of 12 —.416 Reb: 25 (K. Hamilton 7)
South Bend (39) — L. Stamos 6, N. Stamos 8, Johnson, Rose 11, Ashley 8, C. Jones 4, Pearson 2
FG: 15 of 43 .349 FT: 8 of 10 —.800 Reb: N/A
T-WOLVES 56, WARRIORS 18
Morton-WP 17 16 14 9 —56
Cle Elum 6 8 2 2 —18
Morton-White Pass (56) — Rashoff 6, Collette 2, Richards 10, Young 19, Smith 10, G. Higdon 4, Tjelde 3, M. Higdon 2
FG: 22 of 57 —.385 FT: 6 of 10 —.600 Reb: 41 (Rashoff, G. Higdon 7)
Cle Elum (18) — Wilson 2, Rinaldi 11, Hansberry 1, Montgomery 2, Ellison 2
FG: 7 of 39 —.179 FT: 3 of 8 —.375 Reb: 34
At Pe Ell
MOUNTAINEERS 62, TROJANS 45
Rainier 14 23 10 15 —62
Pe Ell 10 14 9 12 —45
Rainier (62) — Sprouffske 5, Keller 5, Coleman 13, MacFarland 15, Green 10, Honaker 14
FG: 26 of 58 —.448 FT: 9 of 22 —.409 Reb: 28
Pe Ell (45) — Smith 3, Cox 2, Isham 23, Nelson 2, Bush 3, Yost 8, Liddell 4
FG: 14 of 48 —.291 FT: 14 of 20 —.700 Reb: 18 (Yost 5)
BULLDOGS 71, BEARCATS 44
Cashmere 20 18 20 13 —71
W.F. West 11 10 12 11 —44
Cashmere (71) — S. Phillips 14, Smith 8, N. Phillips 17, Landdeck 18, Dotson 5, Schoening 8, Farias 1
FG: 22 of 59 —.37 FT: 12 of 20 —.60 Reb: 46
W.F. West (44) — Wesen 7, Kelly 6, Jones 3, Hazen 2, Yarter 8, Saevarsson 3, Gaines 4, Speck 1, Baker 1, White 9
FG: 16 of 56 —.28 FT: 10 of 24 —.41 Reb: 43 (White, Wesen 7)
WARRIORS 50, BEAVERS 48
Tenino 15 11 10 12 —48
Rochester 11 6 13 20 —50
Tenino (48) — Dowies 20, Brewer 21, Bratton 6, Villa 1
FG: 19 of 48 —.395 FT: 7 of 12 —.583 Reb: N/A
Rochester (50) — Goldrick 27, Sanchez 7, Riley 7, May 4, Moen 3, Hansen 2
FG: 19 of 49 —.387 FT: 7 of 13 —.538 Reb: 29 (Riley 8)
At Willapa Valley
COMETS 61, CARDINALS 54
Winlock 16 12 17 9 —54
Naselle 25 18 11 7 —61
Winlock (54) — Tiemens 7, Cline 13, Swafford 2, Richendollar 11, Patching 16, Suhrbier 5
FG: N/A FT: N/A Reb: N/A
Naselle (61) — Strange 2, Lindstrom 8, Nolan 18, Eaton 7, Doorman 6, Wirkkala 4, Fauver 2, Gregory 14
FG: N/A FT: N/A Reb: N/A
KNIGHTS 63, TIGERS 47
Royal 11 16 16 20 —63
Centralia 10 19 7 11 —47
Royal (63) — Burgeson 3, Farias 2, Jenks 8, G. Christensen 6, C. Christensen 9, Allred 2, Ellis 25, D. Burgeson 2, C. Christensen 4
FG: N/A FT: 3 of 4 —.750 Reb: N/A
Centralia (47) — Brown 2, Ajoge 10, Emmons 11, Crews 1, Milton 9, Beairsto 2, Valencia 6, House 6
FG: 18 of 41 —.439 FT: 8 of 12 —.667 Reb: N/A
VIKINGS 60, PIRATES 51
Adna 9 11 8 23 —51
Willapa Valley 11 16 17 16 —60
Adna (51) — Apperson 19, Thomas 6, Metzenberg 7, Minkoff 2, Ingle 3, Fay 14
FG: 20 of 43 —.465 FT: 5 of 10 —.500 Reb: N/A
Willapa Valley (60) — Walker 17, Hamilton 8, Flemetis 7, M. Pearson 18, Buchanan 8, Deniston 2
FG: 20 of 49 —.408 FT: 14 of 17 —.823 Reb: N/A