Thursday’s 2B Boys Basketball: Tigers Hold Off Late Rally from NWC
DISTRICTS: Napavine Tops Navigators 55-52 in First Round After Leading by 16 in Fourth Quarter
By Aaron VanTuyl
For The Chronicle
Napavine’s lead looked safe on Thursday night — for almost the whole game.
The last few minutes of Napavine’s eventual 55-52 District 4 win over Northwest Christian, though, were anyone’s game.
The Navigators got hot at the most crucial time, turning a 16-point hole into a two-point game with a few seconds left, thanks to a string of missed 1-and-1 free-throw opportunities.
“It’s a tight situation, when you’re up comfortably with about 3 1/2 minutes to go, but I’ve been in enough of these to know when that clock starts winding down, and they start hitting shots, and their crowd starts getting going …” Napavine coach Rex Stanley said. “But I was proud of how we pulled it out. With 50 seconds left, it could have went either way.”
The win means Napavine (13-9) will advance to play Central 2B League champion Toledo on Saturday in the tournament quarterfinals.
And on Thursday night in Chehalis, that date with the Indians looked safe midway through the fourth quarter. Napavine led 50-34 with 2:41 to play, only to watch NWC rattle off an 11-0 run.
The Tigers finally got a bucket inside from Keith Olson, but three straight missed 1-and-1s and six straight points from NWC’s Nick Tarabochia helped the Navigators press the lead down to 52-50 with 14 seconds to go.
“We panicked a little bit,” Stanley said. “Those things kind of build on each other when it starts going south.”
The freebies finally started to fall, though the Tigers were a dismal 6 of 17 for the game. Cade Evander hit 1 of 2 from the line with 12 seconds left to play, and after NWC turned the ball over Dawson Stanley landed on the line with two shots and 4.7 seconds left on the clock.
With a 53-50 lead and the Navigators out of timeouts, though, the rest of the Tigers on the court were able to watch from a distance as Stanley hit both shots and the clock ran out after one last NWC layup.
Stanley finished with 15 points, and Evander scored 17 on 7 of 10 shooting with nine rebounds and seven assists.
“Cade’s been money all year,” Stanley, the coach, said of the sophomore forward. “You know what you’re going to get every night from Cade.”
The Tigers used their size advantage inside, with a 35-26 rebounding advantage over the slimmer Navigators. Keith Olson, Napavine’s 6-foot-5 freshman, added 10 points and 11 boards, and the Tigers shot 20 of 34 from inside the arc.
“That’s what we thought coming in — they’re probably a little more skilled across the board, but they can shoot and handle the ball, those types of things,” Stanley said. “But, typical Napavine, we wanted to make it a race to 50 and pound it inside. The first three quarters couldn’t have been better for us.”
Jude Phillips led NWC with 15 points. Tarabochia and Landon Koukal each added 12 for the Navigators (15-6, fourth in the Pacific 2B League), who move on to a loser-out game on Monday against the loser of one of Saturday’s quarterfinal games.
Laythan Demarest added eight points for Napavine (13-9). The Tigers are scheduled to play Toledo on Saturday in Rochester, though the forecasted snow may push games to Sunday.
Second-Half Lull Does in MWP Against Kalama
DISTRICTS: Chinooks Use 11-0 Run to Pull Away in 51-32 First-Round Win
By Aaron VanTuyl
For The Chronicle
The Timberwolves were on pace for another down-to-the-wire contest with Kalama on Thursday night, until a second-half drought helped the Chinooks pull away.
Kalama (13-8) went on an 11-0 run over the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth to build a 38-25 lead, and added a 9-0 run in the final three minutes in its 51-32 District 4 2B tournament opening-round victory.
Freshman Parker Esary scored 20 points with eight rebounds for the Chinooks, who move on to face Ilwaco on Saturday in the district quarterfinals.
Senior forward Dylan Richards led Morton-White Pass (13-9) with 16 points.
The Timberwolves trailed 27-25 with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter before falling into a scoreless stretch that spanned two minutes into the fourth quarter and saw Kalama push its lead to 40-27.
MWP coach Chad Cramer credited a different defensive look from the teams’ first meeting — a 60-53 overtime win for Kalama back on Dec. 18 — for the tight first half.
“They made an adjustment to that, and we countered with an adjustment of our own, and then we turned the ball over five or six times in a row,” Cramer said. “And they kind of got going, and at that point we got a little shell-shocked.”
Richards ended the drought with a bucket, but the Timberwolves’ only points over the last five minutes came from freshman Layten Collette’s five free throws.
“Richards played extremely well. He’s a handful,” Cramer said. “I thought he did a good job, and their perimeter defenders are very, very good, and they made it difficult to get him the ball.”
Kalama went 20 of 55 (36 percent) from the field, and got 10 points from Grant Vandenberg. The Chinooks also took advantage of 17 MWP turnovers.
“They’re all 6-foot-2, long, athletic, and they’re winners. They win at everything they do,” Cramer said of Kalama, which had five members of its State 2B champion football team on the court for most of the second half in Esary, Vandenberg, Tommy Brandenburg, Alex Dyer and Max Ross. “They know how to close you out, and they closed us out.”
The Timberwolves now move on to a loser-out game on Monday against either Winlock or Life Christian. Cramer was optimistic that his team could bounce back from the loss.
“I’ve been doing this quite a while, and the best teams, the teams that survive districts, are the ones that as soon as they leave the locker room, they’re over it,” he said. “You’ve got to get to the next game, whether you won or lost. It’s about what’s next.”
The Timberwolves beat Winlock, 49-41, in their only regular-season meeting, back on Dec. 15.
Winlock Upsets Adna in Districts
ROCHESTER — Bryce Cline scored 18 points and the Cardinals pulled off an upset in the District 4 2B Boys Basketball Tournament for the third straight year, defeating Adna 59-56 here on Thursday.
The Cardinals advance to the quarterfinals to face Life Christian Academy (17-3) on Saturday at a place and time to be determined. Adna will play on Monday against the loser of the Kalama-Ilwaco quarterfinal, at a time and site to be determined.
Coleson Richendollar added 13 points for the Cardinals. Noah Patching scored nine points and Alan Contreras chipped in with eight.
Adna’s Lyle Metzenberg led all scorers with 24 points. Trevor Minkoff and Cole Fay tallied nine points and Abel Ingle contributed eight points.
Winlock shot 48 percent from the field while Adna converted 39 percent of their field goals. The Pirates had a solid night from the charity stripe, converting 21 of 24 shots while Winlock shot just 58 percent from the free throw line.
“I put in a defense five minutes before we got on the bus. They executed it pretty darn well. I always feel like we’ve got a chance because we have the best player on the court and if we defend and rebound, we have a chance,” Winlock coach Nick Bamer said. “Everybody rebounded, everybody made a layup or a free throw. Apperson, we held him to one field goal. Metzenberg killed us in the first half, we talked about him at halftime and held him to one field goal in the second half. It was just an outstanding effort by our guys, I couldn’t be more happy for them.”
Adna jumped ahead 17-10 after one quarter but the Cardinals answered and trailed just 29-27 at halftime.
The Cardinals locked down on defense in the third quarter, holding the Pirates to seven points to gain a 41-36 going into the final frame. Adna scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as Winlock held on for the win.
Life Christian is the top seed out of the Pacific 2B League with a 17-3 overall record and a 16-2 record in league games.
TIGERS 55, CRUSADERS 52
Napavine 11 14 15 15 —55
NW Christian 7 10 10 25 —52
Napavine (55) — Demarest 8, Woodrum 4, Stanley 15, Evander 17, Olson 10, Mejia 1
FG: 23 of 44 —.523 FT: 6 of 17 —.353 Reb. 35 (Olson 11)
Northwest Christian (52) — Phillips 15, Fox 12, Koukal 7, Tarabochia 12, Yates 3, Salazar-Fox 3
FG: 20 of 54 —.370 FT: 9 of 16 —.564 Reb. 26 (Koukal, Tarabochia 7)
CHINOOKS 51, TIMBERWOLVES 32
Morton-WP 6 12 7
Kalama 8 13 12
Morton-White Pass (32) — Rashoff 7, Collette 5, Richards 16, Higdon 4
FG: 11 of 40 —.275 FT: 10 of 15 —.667 Reb. 35 (Higdon 10)
Kalama (51) — Brandenburg 8, Dyer 6, Ross 5, Vandenberg 10, Esary 20, Wood 2
FG: 20 of 55 —.364 FT: 8 of 13 —.615 Reb. 36 (Esary 8)
CARDINALS 59, PIRATES 56
Winlock 10 17 14 18 —59
Adna 17 12 7 20 —56
Winlock (59) — Garcia 1, Tiemens 6, Cline 18, Richendollar 13, Patching 9, Contreras 8, Suhrbier 2, Gonzalez 2
FG: 20 of 41 —.487 FT: 10 of 17 —.588 Reb: N/A
Adna (56) — Apperson 4, Thomas 1, Metzenberg 24, Minkoff 9, Ingle 8, Fay 9
FG: 16 of 41 —.390 FT: 21 of 24 —.875 Reb: N/A