Thursday’s Boys Basketball: Centralia Earns First Win Against North Thurston

By The Chronicle

LACEY — Centralia’s Michael Ajoge recorded a double-double to lead the Tigers to their first win of the season, 71-62, over North Thurston in a non-league boys basketball game here on Thursday.

Ajoge scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Malakai Emmons added 23 points and Derek Beairsto added eight points.

Tim Tenkley recorded 32 points to lead all scorers and Ravi Ath chipped in 13 points for the Rams.

Centralia shot 55 percent from the field while North Thurston shot just 30 percent, although the Rams did win the rebounding battle, 26-21.

North Thurston jumped out to a 16-8 lead after one quarter. Centralia regrouped and scored 21 points in the second quarter to lead 29-25 at halftime.

The Rams came out strong in the third quarter and regained the lead 49-46 going into the fourth quarter, but the Tigers scored 25 points in the fourth to pull away for the win.

“It really felt like we executed really well tonight. We had a lot of good inside outside looks,” Centralia coach Kyle Donahue said. “We’ve had all these moments of looking like the basketball team that I thought we could be and tonight we just kind of put it all together. I think we learned how to play basketball with a lead and figured out how to win.”

Centralia (1-7) travels to the Yakima SunDome tournament next week, facing Cedar Park Christian on Thursday at noon followed by facing Royal at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Tigers Maul Owls

NAPAVINE — Cade Evander scored 29 points to lead the Tigers to a 82-56 win over Mary M. Knight in a non-league boys basketball game here on Thursday.

Evander also led Napavine in rebounds with eight. Keith Olson added 13 points and seven rebounds and Dawson Stanley chipped in 17 points. Caleb Perz-Stewart also grabbed seven rebounds.

Eddy Krippelcz led the Owls with 28 points and Isaiah Compton chipped in 11 points.

The Tigers shot 52 percent from the field and outrebounded the Owls, 38-25.

Napavine led 27-6 after one quarter. Mary M. Knight played better in the second quarter but the Tigers led 44-22 at halftime.

Napavine outscored Mary M. Knight 38-34 in the second half to cruise to the win.

The Tigers had eight players record a point on Thursday.

“We got off to a really good start. We played good and had a lot of guys contribute,” Napavine coach Rex Stanley said. “It was a good team effort.”

Napavine (2-4) travels to Elma on Saturday for a non-league game.

Rockets Soar Past Vikings

MOSSYROCK — Castle Rock shutout Mossyrock in the first quarter to help the Rockets earn a 64-35 win in a non-league boys basketball game here on Thursday.

Duece Kolb led all scorers with 22 points for the Vikings.

Connor Edwards recorded 13 points to lead the Rockets. Landon Gardner added 11 points and Skyler King chipped in 10 points.

Castle Rock jumped out to a 20-0 lead after one quarter. Mossyrock played better in the second quarter but trailed 37-6 at halftime.

Mossyrock came alive in the second half. Mossyrock’s Aiden Weist scored seven points in the third quarter and Kolb scored 13 of his 22 in the fourth quarter to help the Vikings win the half 29-27.

Mossyrock coach Jordan Hunter credited first year player and senior Brennen Shriver with helping spark the Vikings in the second half.

“He worked his behind off. He did some great things, getting in the passing lanes, forcing turnovers, working hard on the boards. We had kids that finished in the second half,” Hunter said. “It was his second varsity game in his whole life and he was coming out and playing really hard. He does a lot of good things for us.”

Hunter said he hopes the team will build off of the second half performance and put together three good quarters in their next game.

Mossyrock (0-8, 0-2) hits the road next Friday and Saturday, facing Concrete on Friday at 6 p.m. before a quick turnaround by facing Darrington at noon in a non-league game on Saturday.

At North Thurston

TIGERS 71, RAMS 62

Centralia 8 21 17 25 —71

N. Thurston 16 9 24 13 —62

Centralia (71) — Brown 2, Ajoge 31, Emmons 23, Crews 3, Strophy 4, Beairsto 8

FG: 29 of 52 —.557 FT: 11 of 19 —.578 Reb: 21 (Ajoge 10)

N. Thurston (62) — Ath 13, Osman 4, Poree 2, Dixon 2, Tenkley 32, Thomas 9

FG: 19 of 68 —.300 FT: 12 of 15 —.579 Reb: 26

At Napavine

TIGERS 82, OWLS 56

Mary M. Knight 6 16 15 19 —56

Napavine 27 17 19 19 —82

Mary M. Knight (56) — Krippelcz 28, Fries 9, Compton 11, Shaw 6, Riggs 2

FG: 22 of 47 —.468 FT: 7 of 18 —.388 Reb: 25

Napavine (82) — Watts 4, Stanley 17, Mejia 6, Evander 29, Olson 13, Demarest 9, La. Dahl 2, Perz-Stewart 2, Ellison, Sabin, Lu. Dahl

FG: 35 of 67 —.522 FT: 8 of 14 —.571 Reb: 38 (Evander 8, Olson, Perz-Stewart 7)

At Mossyrock

ROCKETS 64, VIKINGS 35

Castle Rock 20 17 16 11 —64

Mossyrock 0 6 13 16 —35

Castle Rock (64) — Edwards 13, Mullen 4, King 10, Naugle 6, Perdue 2, Alblinger 2, Gaze 2, Gardner 11, Guerrero 4, W. Partridge 6, Creed 4

FG: N/A FT: N/A Reb: N/A

Mossyrock (35) — Mulligan 2, Kolb 22, Weist 7, Fried 1, Shriver 1, Workman 2

FG: N/A FT: N/A Reb: N/A

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