Thursday’s 2B Boys Basketball: Tigers Take Out Toledo to Force Pigtail Playoff
By Jordan Nailon
NAPAVINE — After 19 and half games the Tigers were able to put together one of their most complete efforts of the season here on Thursday just in time to force a three-way tie for the final spot to the District IV tournament.
In a game that featured five ties and five lead changes, Napavine was able to distance themselves from Toledo down the stretch with some clutch shooting and a bulk quantity of rebounds in order to claim a 56-48 victory in their Central 2B League boys basketball matchup.
“I just told them to finish the game. We’ve been snake bit this year where we’ve played everyone tough, but just had these four minute stretches where we fall behind and can’t overcome it,” Napavine coach Rex Stanley said. ”Tonight was nice because we were able to finish.”
The back-and-forth portion of the game took place primarily in the first 16 minutes as both teams employed a frenetic pace coupled with sometimes-questionable decision making. Just before halftime, though, the home team seemed to find their comfort zone and started to work over Toledo in a more methodical fashion.
“They are really good with their press so all of our last practices have been working on our press break just to make sure we got that right,” explained Napavine’s elder statesman, Caleb Perz-Stewart. “We were really pumped up. We know that our past games have been a little bit tough for us but knowing that we still had a chance to get to districts we were really pumped up trying to get ourselves there.”
After erasing a pair of early Toledo leads Napavine was able to take a three-point edge into the intermission and then went right back to work extending that advantage to start the third quarter. The game plan, as usual, included plenty of touches in the post for Keith Olson, as well as an assortment of midrange and lane-crashing looks for Cade Evander. That tactic was augmented by the outside shooting of Perz-Stewart as the Tigers scratched out an 11-point lead over the first four-plus minutes of the third frame.
“Obviously our identity is to throw it inside, but we were able to compliment that tonight by hitting some outside shots. Caleb Perz on senior night, our only senior, he was huge tonight,” Stanley said.
Perz-Stewart finished the game with 15 points, five rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Olson added 17 points and 10 rebounds while Evander notched 10 points and 15 rebounds.
The win will extend Napavine’s season for at least another day as they prepare for a pigtail playoff that will begin on Friday. After a tough luck regular season that included a double overtime loss at home to Morton-White Pass in January, the Tigers lone senior was breathing a momentary sigh of relief after Thursday’s win.
“It means a lot. We’ve been looking for this all year just trying to make the playoffs by going the best we can and as hard as we can,” Perz-Stewart said. “A lot of us really looked back and thought ‘What if we’d done this or that?’ But now we’ve flushed it because we know we’ve still got a chance. It’s basically 0-0 for everyone because we’re basically in the playoffs now.”
Meanwhile, Toledo was unable to muster a sustained charge in the second half. An active Napavine defense can take part of the credit, and a rough shooting night did the rest, as the visitors knocked down just 33 percent of their shots from the field and only 50 percent of their free throws.
Duke Schaplow led Toledo with 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting. Miguel Soto added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Carlo Arceo-Hansen chipped in six rebounds, four steals, two blocks and two points. Freshman center Jaxon Cook tallied six points, four blocks and four rebounds in the loss.
Out in Toutle on Thursday, the Ducks were able to fend off Kalama 62-43 as they put the finishing touches on their C2BL title. The Kalama loss coupled with the Napavine win leaves the Chinooks and Tigers tied with Toledo for the eighth and final spot to the district tournament. Kalama won a coin toss during the perfunctory tiebreaker protocol in order to earn a partial bye. That means Toledo and Napavine will face off again on Friday at 7 p.m. at Toutle in order to determine who moves on to play the Chinooks at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Toutle to determine the final C2BL playoff berth.
“We knew what position we were in yesterday and we talked about it. I told them ‘You can’t win three in a row until you win one in a row,” Stanley said. “We got this one and now tomorrow we’ve got to go prove it.”
Whitehead Eclipses 1000 Points
ONALASKA — The Loggers ran out to a 31-19 halftime lead and held on for a 47-39 Central 2B League victory over Rainier at home Thursday.
Senior Carter Whitehead eclipsed the 1,000-point mark after scoring a game-high 19 points for the Loggers. Kayden Allison added 14 in the win and Ashton Haight tallied seven.
“Good for him,” Onalaska coach Wayne Nelson said of Whitehead. “He’s a good kid. Very appreciative of what he’s brought here.”
It was the first game this season the Loggers have won a game while scoring in the 40s. They shot 28 percent from the field.
Onalaska is the No. 4 seed out of the C2BL for district. The Loggers play the winner of Ocosta and the C2BL’s No. 8 seed, which is yet to be determined. Kalama, Napavine and Toledo are playing a three-way tiebreaker on Friday and Saturday to determine which team is the final seed.
The Loggers held Rainier’s leading scorer Ian Sprouffske scoreless. “Kade Lawrence did a great job on him,” Nelson said. “He worked really hard.”
Jake Jeske had 19 points for the Mountaineers, while Logan Bowers had eight and Curtis Keller seven. Rainier is the No. 7 seed out of the C2BL for districts.They play the Pacific 2B’s sixth seed on Tuesday.
Thomas Scores 21 in First Quarter
ADNA — Braden Thomas scored all of Adna’s 21 points in the first-quarter and the Pirates upset Winlock 76-57 at home Thursday in Central 2B League play.
“I’ve never seen that in my 16 years of coaching,” Adna coach Luke Salme said.
Thomas was electric in the first quarter for the Pirates, knocking down 9 of 10 shots, including three 3-pointers, and the Pirates saw what their ceiling is. Thomas finished with a game-high 31 points and eight rebounds.
“Our competitive spirit tonight was unbelievable,” Salme said. “The defensive energy was phenomenal.”
Adna (11-9, 6-4) is the fifth seed out of the C2BL for district playoffs. They play host to the Pacific 2B’s No. 8 seed at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Chase Collins added 19 for the Pirates, Cole Fay finished with 10 and Zander Blankenship-Todd eight. The Pirates hit 10 3s on the night.
“If we play that hard defensively, we’ll be playing for a couple weeks,” Salme said.
Winlock (16-4, 8-2) is the C2BL’s No. 2 seed at districts. They receive a first- and second-round bye and will play on Feb. 15. The Cardinals were led by Bryce Cline’s team-high 28 against Adna.
T-Wolves Win By 30 Vs. Vikings
RANDLE — Four Timberwolves scored double-digit points and Morton-White Pass had no trouble with Mossyrock in an 83-53 Central 2B League victory at home Thursday.
Gary Dotson and Hayden Young each had a team-high 13 points for the T-Wolves, while Kysen Collette scored 11 and Mason Higdon added 10. MWP got off an absurd 86 shots and made 45 percent of them.
“Every player logged double-digit minutes for us tonight,” MWP coach Chad Cramer said. “Happy we went 7-3 on the back half of the season. Happy about our trajectory.”
Cramer also praised the T-Wolves’ JV team that went undefeated at 20-0, and the C-team that finished 17-3.
MWP (11-9, 7-3) is the C2BL’s No. 3 seed and receives a first-round by at districts. The T-Wolves play the winner of Rainier and Pacific 2B’s No. 6 seed at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, at W.F. West.
Mossyrock’s season ends at 2-19, 0-10. Matthew De Hoyos and Aiden Weist each led the Vikings with 15 points against MWP. Gunner Mulligan added nine and Ryan Bellino seven.
TIGERS 56, INDIANS 48
Toledo 9 8 11 20 —56
Napavine 8 12 17 19 —48
Toledo (48) — Arceo-Hansen 2, Soto 8, Schaplow 17, Cook 6, Sorensen 3, Fernandez 5, Bloomstrom 5, Cournyer 2
FG: 18 of 54 —.333 FT: 8 of 16 —.500 Reb: 30 (Soto 7)
Napavine (56) — Evander 10, Olson 17, Demarest 5, Parker 1, Perz-Stewart 15, Stanley 4, Grose 4
FG: 17 of 49 —.347 FT: 18 of 28 —.643 Reb: 40 (Evander 15, Olson 10)
TIMBERWOLVES 83, VIKINGS 53
Mossyrock 9 15 10 21 —53
Morton-White Pass 22 27 19 15 —83
Mossyrock (53) — Mulligan 9, Weist 15, Kold 5, Bellino 7, Nelson 2, De Hoyos 15, Workman 2
FG: 20 of 66 —.303 FT: 54 of 4 —.1000 Reb. 41
Morton-White Pass (83) — Kelly 4, L. Collette 8, Young 13, T. Collette 11, Dotson 13, Higdon 10, Salguero 8, Smith 8, Tjelde 4
FG: 39 of 86 —.453 FT: 5 of 12 —.417 Reb. 60 (Smith, Dawson 11)
PIRATES 76, CARDINALS 57
Winlock 16 11 14 16 —57
Adna 21 19 11 25 —76
Winlock (57) — Cline 28, Tiemens 3, Welch 3, Richendollar 5, Patching 6, Swofford 12
FG: 21 of 54 —.389 FT: 10 of 14 —.714 Reb. 21
Adna (76) — Fay 10, Blankenship-Todd 8, Thomas 31 Warner 2, Collings 19, Minkoff 6
FG: 24 of 45 —.533 FT: 15 of 20 —.750 Reb. 29 (Thomas 8)
LOGGERS 47, MOUNTAINEERS 39
Rainier 9 10 16 4 —39
Onalaska 13 18 9 7 —47
Rainier (39) — Keller 7, Jeske 19, Bowers 8, Rearden 3
FG: N/A —.320 FT: N/A —.700 Reb. N/A
Onalaska (47) — Whitehead 19, Frazier 2, Haight 7, Lawrence 3, Allison 14
FG: x of x —.xxx FT: x of x —.xxx Reb. 27 (Lawrence, Allison 6)