Tuesday’s 2A Boys Basketball: Tigers Explode in Second Half to Beat Rochester
By The Chronicle
Centralia scored 53 points in the second half Tuesday night to beat Rochester, 80-50, in both teams’ Evergreen 2A Conference finale in the Hub City.
The Tigers trailed 29-27 at halftime, after going 8 of 24 from the field in the first two quarters.
“We started putting the ball in the hole,” Centralia coach Kyle Donahue said. “We were getting good looks early, and the second half we started making them.”
Hodges Bailey led five Tigers in double figures with 19 points. Tyler Ashmore and Nick Edwards each added 13, with Jordan Thomas chipping in 12 points and Layne Pertzborn adding 10.
Thomas also contributed 11 assists and four steals, while Cale Shute grabbed 10 rebounds and Isaiah Trevino tallied 9 points.
“We kind of backed off on the press a little bit in the first half, and we picked it back up again in the second and got some pressure and turnovers,” Donahue said. “That kind of got us going.”
Noah Escott led Rochester with 11 points, though coach Mark Goldrick likened the game to a microcosm of the team’s season.
“From the players, the coaching staff, everybody, we’d have a good run, and then maybe fall off for a quarter,” Goldrick said. “But we did have a very good first half.”
Rochester finished the season with a 3-17 record (0-10 league). Goldrick thanked his five seniors — Escott, Bradden Schneider, Jacob Valley, Jacob Rigsbee and Chris Cabrera — for their work in the team’s first season in the EvCo.
“I think for the first year in, hopefully we got a little taste of how it’s going to be,” Goldrick said. “We can maybe, hopefully, build from there.”
Centralia (14-7, 7-3 league) wrapped up second place in the final EvCo standings with the win and with W.F. West’s overtime victory over Black Hills. The Tigers will host Columbia River on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Bearcats Come Back to Defeat Black Hills in Overtime
TUMWATER — W.F. West was down by 34-18 at halftime, but charged back to tie the game and got a game-winning shot from Bailey Cooper with one second left in overtime to beat Black Hills, 59-55, here Tuesday.
The Evergreen 2A Conference win locks W.F. West into the league’s fourth and final playoff berth, putting the Bearcats in a first-round game at Mark Morris on Saturday night.
Camden Bull led the Bearcats with 15 points. Cooper added 13 points and Brandon White added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Garrett Glenn scored 17 to lead Black Hills. Noah Brewer added 16 points and Joe Crumley scored 14.
The first half was all Wolves, as the Bearcats turned the ball over 12 times in the half and allowed Black Hills a 16-point lead at halftime. The lead grew to 19 early in the fourth quarter, but Bull and Drew Forgione — who scored 7 with five rebounds, four assists and four steals — led the comeback.
“The kids really dug in. I was really impressed with Bull and Forgione. They were committed to pressure defense,” W.F. West coach Chris White said. “They were really flying around and putting pressure on the ball. It was really the difference.”
W.F. West was able to tie the game at 50 and send it to overtime, where the Bearcats scored 9 points, headlined by Cooper’s game-winning shot.
W.F. West finishes the regular season with a 10-0 record and 4-6 mark in EvCo play. The Bearcats will take on Mark Morris (15-5) at 7 p.m. Saturday night in Longview.
Note: Check out the District 4 bracket here.
TIGERS 80, WARRIORS 50
Rochester 10 19 8 13 —50
Centralia 10 17 26 27 —80
Rochester (50) — Schneider 3, Valley 6, Erickson 2, Robinson 9, Escott 11, Lollar 8, Goldrick 7, Cabrera 4, Worden
FG: 19 of 60 —.316 FT: 5 of 13 —.384 Reb. 19
Centralia (80) — Wasson, Trevino 9, Singh, Baird, Pertzborn 10, Thomas 12, Bailey 19, Ashmore 13, Shute 4, Grimm, Edwards 13
FG: 29 of 69 —.420 FT: 13 of 20 —.650 Reb. 43 (Shute 11)
BEARCATS 59, WOLVES 55 (OT)
W.F. West 6 12 15 17 9 —59
Black Hills 14 20 7 9 5 —55
W.F. West (59) — Forgione 7, Bull 15, Hawkins 4, B. White 12, C. White 8, Cooper 13
FG: 24 of 45 —.53 FT: 11 of 15 —.73 Rebs. 30 (B. White 8)
Black Hills (55) — Crumley 14, Kindell 6, Glenn 17, Brewer 16, Walker 2
FG: 20 of 52 —.38 FT: 4 of 7 —.57 Rebs. 25 (Walker 8)