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Saturday’s 2B Boys Basketball: Balanced Pirates Hammer Leschi to Take Third

After a 74-48 loss to Life Christian on Tuesday, Adna coach Luke Salme was a bit concerned with how his team would bounce back.

His Pirates hadn’t been blown out all season, and despite having already secured their regional fate there were two games left to wrap up the District 4 2B boys tournament.

By the end of Saturday’s 76-56 ousting of Chief Leschi in Chehalis, though, he had his answer. The Pirates went on a 20-0 run in the second half and looked downright dangerous in the win, hitting 10 long-range shots and shooting 54 percent from the field to finish in third place.

“I feel a lot better than I did right after that Life Christian game,” said Salme, whose squad had beaten Kalama on Friday night to reach Saturday’s trophy game. “I knew about 10 minutes into our first practice after that Life game that we were going to be okay.”

Tanner Rigdon scored 18 points to lead four Pirates in double figures, and Adna scored 50 points over the second and third quarters to turn the game into a rout.

“That’s what I love, as a coach — what makes us kind of special,” Salme said of his team’s balance. “We have a variety of guys who pretty much consistently get things done. … I think that makes us tough to beat.”

Rigdon, Conner Weed and Preston Ashley all hit 3s in an 11-0 run late in the second quarter, and the Pirates led 42-33 at halftime — despite 21 first-half points from Chief Leschi’s Yahola Gower.

Gower cooled off in the second half, finishing with 26 points, but the Pirates did not.

Blake Davis started the 20-0 run with a 3-pointer, and Austen Apperson closed out the third quarter with back-to-back 3s to make 67-41 after 3.

The Pirates went 31 of 57 from the field and 10 of 22 from behind the arc, and outrebounded the Warriors 37-24. Rigdon snared eight boards, while Ashley picked up seven.

Weed, Davis and Cody Young each scored 11 points, while Apperson and Ashley both added 8.

Adna now advances to the regional round of the playoffs and has secured a spot in the 12-team State 2B tournament in Spokane. The Pirates will face Life Christian in the regional round, with a Saturday game set for 12:30 p.m. at St. Martin’s University.
Napavine Takes Fifth

ROCHESTER — The Tigers bounced back from two straight losses here Saturday night to beat Kalama, 64-55, in the fifth-place game of the District 4 2B Boys Basketball Tournament.

Jordan Purvis led Napavine with 20 points, and Wyatt Stanley and Austin Filley added 16 apiece. Stanley added 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Napavine, which went undefeated in the regular season, lost to Toledo in the district semifinals and then lost to Chief Leschi in the consolation semifinals on Friday night.

The Tigers, though, had already secured a spot in the regional round of the playoffs, and thanks to their perfect regular-season record had taken the No. 3 spot in the WIAA’s RPI rankings.

Napavine will play Seattle Lutheran in a regional game on Saturday at 2 p.m. at W.F. West High School. Both teams advance to the State 2B tournament in Spokane, though the winner will avoids a loser-out first round game.

At Chehalis

PIRATES 76, WARRIORS 56

Chief Leschi 22 11 8 15 —56

Adna              17 25 25 9 —76

Chief Leschi (56) — D. Gower 3, Y. Gower 26, Baker 11, Aughkopinee 9, Whitford 7

FG: 19 of 63 —.302 FT: 7 of 8 —.875 Reb. 24 (Whitford 8)

Adna (76) — Rigdon 18, Young 11, Weed 11, Metzenberg 3, Davis 11, Apperson 8, Moon 4, Ashley 8, Dunnagan 2

FG: 31 of 57 —.543 FT: 3 of 7 —.428 Reb. 37 (Rigdon 8)

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