Saturday’s Men’s College Basketball: Trailblazers Trounce Trojans
By The Chronicle
A 55-point first half boosted Centralia to a 98-70 victory over Everett here at Michael Smith Gymnasium on Saturday in men’s non-conference NWAC basketball action.
The Trailblazers held the Trojans to just 33 points in that first half to establish their chokehold on the lead and ceded no ground the rest of the way. Centralia managed to shoot nearly 59 percent from the field for the game, including half of their 16 three-point shots.
Peyton Stanley connected on three of his five long range attempts as part of the Trailblazer starting five and tallied 12 total points. Liam Murphy added 14 points and hit both of his three-point shots.
“We shot well. The last couple of games we’ve been playing pretty well offensively,” said Centralia coach Jason Moir. “It’s definitely a lot easier to hit shots from the outside when you’ve got guys playing efficiently down low.”
Marqus Gilson scored a game-high 21 points and tied a team-high six rebounds. Collin Prangley added 18 points and another half dozen rebounds.
Everett hit 11 of 15 three-point attempts to keep the game as close as it was. However, Centralia held the Trojans below forty percent from the field for the game and held Markeith Brown Jr. to just 13 points.
“We were able to hold their guy to about half of what he’s averaging. I want to say he’s one of the NWAC’s leading scorers at about 30 per game,” noted Moir. “They’ve been averaging about 90 points per game as a team so defensively we’ve been able to kind of keep them at bay. It was nice to see us put together a more complete game on both ends right before league.”
Centralia has compiled a 10-5 record during the non-conference portion of their schedule and they’ve been able to stockpile some enthusiasm among the Trailblazer faithful.
“When you’re winning there is definitely a different vibe to it. It seems like the fans and the students and the community are talking about us,” said Moir. “Right now we’ve just got to keep it going. Like I told them, nothing that we’ve done so far matters going forward. Now we have to start over with a clean slate and do it again in league.”
Centralia will host Grays Harbor to open up conference play on Wednesday.
TRAILBLAZERS 98, TROJANS 70
Everett 33 37 —70
Centralia 55 43 —98
Everett (70) — Parker 12, Brown 13, Seybold 3, Odom 7, Jespersen 17, Makuei 5, Crumley 2, Johnson 2, Johnson 9, Maddox 2
FG: 25 of 67 —.373 FT: 11 of 15 —.733 Reb: 32
Centralia (98) — Clarke 5, Dixon 7, Prangley 18, Gilson 21 ,Stanley 12, Price 2, Murphy 14, Hoff 4, Eiman 4, Ashmore 3, Harding 8
FG: 43 of 73 —.589 FT: 4 of 11 —.364 Reb: 35 (Gilson 6, Prangley 6)