Men’s College Basketball: Trailblazers Triumph Over Tritons

By The Chronicle

EDMONDS — Every Trailblazer who laced their sneakers wound up in the scoring column here Sunday as Centralia College defeated Edmonds 92-80 in non-conference NWAC men’s basketball.

All nine Centralia players in uniform put the ball through the old peach basket in the win including five players in double figures. That scoring output was paced by Marqus Gilson’s team-high tallies of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Nathan Hoff and Jaxon Clarke added 13 points each for Centralia while Liam Murphy and Tyler Ashmore each posted 11 points in the win.

Ashmore found himself in the starting lineup alongside fellow local hooper Peyton Stanley, who dropped in nine points and a pair of assists. Collin Prangley added eight points and five assists for Centralia.

Centralia coach Jason Moir noted that several players sat out the game with injuries which opened up opportunities for other players to shoot their shot.

“Nate (Hoff) and Peyton (Stanley) and Tyler Ashmore, all three of the locals stepped up and gave us good quality minutes,” said Moir.

The game was not in doubt for long as the Trailblazers held a 41-34 advantage at the half thanks to a bout of accurate shooting. For the game Centralia shot 33 of 56 from the field for a 59-percent clip while Edmonds connected on just 29 of 67 field goal attempts. Centralia also outrebounded the Tritons 34 to 28 as a team.

“We’ve been getting really good looks all year we just haven’t been able to get them in the hoop. We were just due to have a decent offensive game,” added Moir.

This weekend Centralia will play some of the top teams in the region during the NWAC Crossover tournament at Umpqua Community College.

“It will be a good battle for us this weekend. A good test,” said Moir.

Centralia (3-2) will face Spokane on Friday and Skagit Valley on Saturday.

Saturday’s Game

Blazers Fend Off Pirates

Centralia used a big first half to keep Peninsula College at bay as they outflanked the Pirates 64-51 in their non-conference NWAC men’s basketball contest here at Umpqua Community College on Saturday.

The Trailblazers bested Peninsula 34-19 in the first half to give themselves a comfortable cushion down the home stretch.

Neither team shot particularly well with Centralia knocking down 33 percent of their 63 attempts and the Pirates connecting on just 31 percent of their 58 shots. However, Centralia was able to find an advantage on the glass where they won the rebounding battle 43-33.

Centralia’s Marcus Gilson led all players with 13 rebounds and 17 points. Nathan Hoff added 11 points and five rebounds for the Blazers and Liam Murphy also scored 11 points.

At Edmonds

BLAZERS 92, TRITONS 80

Centralia 41 51 —92

Edmonds 34 46 —80

Centralia (92) — Dixon 5, Hoff 13, Gilson 18, Stanley 9, Ashmore 11, Clarke 13, Prangley 8, Murphy 11, Eiman 4

FG: 33 of 56 —.589 FT: 18 of 24 —.750 Reb: 34 (Gilson 14)

Edmonds (80) — Kirk 16, Doyle 10, Magaoay 15, Burns 3, Hayes 3, Weary 26, Kolly 1, Tetrault 6

FG: 29 of 67 —.433 FT: 12 of 13 —.923 Reb: 28 (Doyle 8)

At Edmonds

BLAZERS 64, PIRATES 51

Peninsula 19 32 —51

Centralia 34 30 —64

Peninsula (51) — Harris-Williams 16, Sheppard 8, Kelly 8, Strickland 3, Moore 2, Angevine 6, Gonzales 8

FG: 18 of 58 —.310 FT: 10 of 12 —.833 Reb: 33 (Buckley 7)

Centralia (64) — Dixon 3, Hoff 11, Gilson 17, Stanley 6, Ashmore 3, Clarke 2, Prangley 9, Murphy 11, Eiman 2

FG: 21 of 63 —.333 FT: 15 of 22 —.682 Reb: 43 (Gilson 13)

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