Monday’s Boys Basketball: Tigers Dispatch Adna in Double Overtime
Filling it Up: Dawson Stanley Notches 32 points, 10 Rebounds in Rivalry Thriller
By Jordan Nailon
NAPAVINE — It took two bonus periods but Napavine was eventually able to upset Adna by a score of 70-64 here on their home court Monday night.
The non-league matchup of Highway 603 rivals served as a precursor to the restart of their Central 2B League schedules but the atmosphere inside the gymnasium was reminiscent of a late-round playoff game — The respective student bodies were chanting back and forth. Animated fans were yelling angrily at referees and players were trying to keep their wits about them as the lead yo-yoed back and forth all night.
“I’m proud of these guys. This is a helluva win,” said Napavine coach Rex Stanley. “We’ve got a young team that hasn’t been in this atmosphere before. So as many games like this that we can play, the better we’re going to be for it.”
In total, there were 13 ties and seven lead changes in the high drama affair.
Napavine’s winning effort was paced all night by senior stalwart Dawson Stanley who hit one big shot after another. Stanley, who handles point-guard duties by default for the Tigers, posted a double-double with a game-high 32 points and 10 rebounds.
Those totals included clutch free throws and answer back 3-pointers at numerous crossroads in the game as the Tigers continuously leaned on their most veteran player.
“We pretty much know what (Dawson’s) going to do. It’s getting other guys involved is what we’re trying to do,” said Rex Stanley.
Those contributions were slow to develop for the Tigers’ supporting cast as none of their players were able to find a consistent shot through the first three quarters of the game. Down the stretch, though, Napavine’s diaper dandy big man Keith Olson came up with a grip of clutch rebounds while knocking down high leverage free throws and a couple of back breaking shots from the low block. Olson finished the game with a double-double that included a game-high 12 rebounds and 17 points. Javier Mejia added seven points for Napavine before fouling out.
Napavine shot 44 percent from the field on 52 attempts, including 6 of 14 3-point attempts, and knocked down 14 of 18 free throws.
“I was happy tonight with the contributions of everybody. I mean, Dawson does what Dawson does and that’s just what he’s going to do. But if he can not only get his, but get other people their’s too, then we can compete with the Adna’s and Toledo’s and Toutle’s.”
After trailing for most of the first quarter Adna was able to snag a 14-13 lead when Austen Apperson hit a runner in the lane just before the buzzer. The second quarter turned into a foul fest with the majority of the action at the free throw line before Braden Thomas and Stanley began to heat up offensively for their squads. While neither team shot exceptionally well on the night the iron seemed to be just a little more unkind to the visitors during the course of the contest and the Pirates wound up trailing 24-22 at the intermission.
For the game Adna shot just 35 percent from the field, including a dismal 4 of 29 from beyond the arc. The Pirates also missed 10 of their 28 free throw attempts on the night.
“It would have helped to hit some shots, some threes and some free throws, but the differences were inside of 10 feet. Rebounding, I don’t know how many offensive rebounds they had but it felt like 25, and Dawson Stanley just being the best competitor in the state,” said Adna coach Luke Salme. “He didn’t need screens to make plays, he’s just gonna go make plays offensively and defensively. Hopefully Dawson isn’t that good when they come to our place for the league game next week.”
After a tipped shot led to a last second putback by Lyle Metzenberg at the end of the third quarter Adna again found themselves trailing by just one point.
The nail-biting scenarios continued to come in hot and heavy from there on. Trevor Minkoff tied the game with a free throw early in the fourth quarter but Stanley hit a heat-check 3-pointer on the ensuing trip down the court. About five minutes later, Minkoff took a fancy drive and kick pass from Cole Fay and drilled a corner 3-pointer to knot the game up at 50 points each. After a free throw by Cade Evander and a pair of freebies by Stanley stretched the Tigers’ lead back out to three with less than a minute remaining the Pirates hit a free throw before Minkoff gathered a rebound and dropped in a harried putback to send the game to overtime.
After Adna jumped out to an early lead in the first overtime the Tigers fought back to claim a three point lead with less than 20 seconds remaining. That’s when Abel Ingle drilled his only long ball of the night to tie the game up once again and secure the second overtime.
In the final frame it was a parade of free throws by Stanley and Olson that kept Napavine out front and a scrambling breakaway score by Nathan Watts that put the Tigers ahead for good.
After absorbing the non-league loss on the cusp of the gauntlet that is their remaining C2BL schedule, Salme was simply thankful for the hard fought experience his team came away with.
“We haven’t been in a close one like that really. Even our losses, every game has been about 10 points either way so our sense of urgency wasn’t where we’d like it to be, especially in an atmosphere like this,” Salme said. “This is why you play high school sports and now that we’ve experienced that we will need to be a little bit critical of ourselves, all of us, and watch game film and feel better about our decision making in those crucial moments because that was our first time we’ve been there and we really only have two guys who have played in a crunch time at all, let alone at Napavine with screaming fans on both ends.”
On Wednesday, Napavine (7-4, 2-0 league) will play at Onalaska, while Adna (7-3, 3-0 league) will play at Mossyrock.
Loggers Hold Off Wildcats
ONALASKA — Onalaska scored 20 points in the third quarter and held on down the stretch to earn a 56-51 win over Ocosta in a non-league boys basketball game here on Monday.
Alex Frazier scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. Carter Whitehead and Kayden Allison each added 12 points and Ashton Haight also had six rebounds.
Cole Hatton led all scorers with 19 points and Richard Dueber chipped in 12 points for the Wildcats.
The biggest difference was shooting percentage, as the Loggers shot 53 percent from the field while holding Ocosta to 30 percent shooting.
Ocosta led 14-10 after one quarter, but Onalaska was able to bounce back and trail just 24-23 at halftime. The Loggers came out strong in the third quarter and scored 20 points to gain a seven point lead going into the final quarter and held on in fourth for the win.
“We played real well in the second half. Things were tight, the kids answered and played pretty well,” Onalaska coach Wayne Nelson said. “Defensively, we played well in the third and fourth quarter. I was pleased with the play of Frazier and Whitehead.”
Onalaska (7-5, 0-3) hosts Napavine on Wednesday in a Central 2B League game.
TIGERS 70, PIRATES 64 (2 OT)
Adna 14 8 16 15 6 5 —64
Napavine 13 11 15 14 6 11 —70
Adna (64) — Apperson 14, Metzenberg 13, Minkoff 10, Ingle 5, Fay 10, Thomas 12
FG: 21 of 60 —.350 FT: 18 of 28 —.642 Reb: 32 (Metzenberg 7, Thomas 7)
Napavine (70) — Demarest 3, Stanley 32, Mejia 7, Evander 3, Olson 17, Watts 3, Perz-Stewart 5
FG: 23 of 52 —.442 FT: 14 of 18 —.777 Reb: 32 (Olson 12, Stanley 10)
LOGGERS 56, WILDCATS 51
Ocosta 14 10 12 15 —51
Onalaska 10 13 20 13 —56
Ocosta (51) — Bailey 6, Hatton 19, Beck 9, Bjornsgard 5, Dueber 12
FG: 20 of 66 —.303 FT: 7 of 10 —.700 Reb: 31
Onalaska (56) — Dalsted 3, Whitehead 12, Frazier 18, Volk 2, Haight 4, Lawrence 5, Allison 12
FG: 21 of 39 —.538 FT: 8 of 14 —.571 Reb: 25 (Haight, Frazier 6)