Tuesday’s 2A Boys BB: Tumwater Shoots Past Centralia

Centralia High School forward Malakai Emmons, 20, drives to the basket Tuesday against Tumwater High School as teammate Michael Ajoge, left, looks on.

EvCo: Geathers Leads Thunderbirds in 77-63 Win; Janssan, Ajoge Combine for 41 for Centralia

TUMWATER — Tiger coach Kyle Donahue’s summary of Tuesday’s game was simple.

“They were shooting the ball, and it was going in,” he said. “That was the main thing.”

Tumwater, indeed, put the ball in the hole efficiently in a 77-63 Evergreen 2A Conference win over Centralia, going 29 of 45 from the field (64 percent) and shooting a blistering 21 of 26 from inside the 3-point arc (81 percent). The Thunderbirds 24-8 after a quarter.

“They shot the ball really well early on, and we lost a couple guys at times,” Donahue said. “But I felt like we played okay defense and had a hand in their face, and they were hitting.”

Senior guard C.J. Geathers led Tumwater (8-9, 4-3 league) with 30 points.

“He played really well,” Donahue said. “They did a lot of things different than the first time we played them. They really tried to run him off a lot of screens and get him looks.”

Ben Janssan scored 21 with six assists to lead Centralia, with Michael Ajoge adding 20 with six rebounds. Tyler Ashmore added 11 with seven boards.

“Michael Ajoge continues to contribute for us around the basket,” Donahue said. “In the second half we kind of lost him, but he really attacked the boards better and he got some rebounds and putbacks.”

The Tigers scored 32 in a fourth quarter that featured a whopping 57 points.

Centralia (9-8, 5-2 league) plays at Black Hills on Thursday.

 

Bearcats Run EvCo Streak to 7-0 at Rochester

ROCHESTER — The Bearcats ran their Evergreen 2A Conference record to 7-0 here Tuesday night with dominant 77-35 win over Rochester.

Ten players scored for W.F. West, with four in double figures. Brandon White and Colton Baker led the way with 13 points each, Bryce Dobyns scored 12 and Bailey Cooper added 11 with eight rebounds. White also blocked five shots and grabbed four rebounds.

Jordan Thomas scored 8 points with nine rebounds, four assists and four steals for the winners.

W.F. West led 22-9 after a quarter and stretched the advantage to 43-18 at the break. The Bearcats shot 8 of 16 from behind the 3-point arc in the win, with five different players hitting 3s.

Keegan Goldrick led Rochester with 11 points. Stephen Robinson dished out five assists with six rebounds, and Joel McCarthy added 8 points.

W.F. West (15-2 overall) hosts Aberdeen on Thursday and can wrap up a portion of the EvCo title with a win. Rochester (5-12, 0-7 league) hosts Tumwater on Thursday.

 

At Tumwater

THUNDERS 77, TIGERS 63

Centralia    8 12  11  32 —63

Tumwater 24   9 19  25 —77

Centralia (63) — Wasson 6, Ajoge 20, Emmons, Sharp, Janssan 21, Baird 5, Ashmore 11

FG: 23 of 54 —.426 FT: 10 of 17 —.588 Reb. 20 (Ashmore 7)

Tumwater (77) — Williams 8, Geathers 30, Field, Koelsch 12, Jones 13, Gilliland 4, Gaither 2, Peterson 4, Murphy 4

FG: 29 of 45 —.644 FT: 11 of 20 —.550 Reb. 17

 

At Rochester

BEARCATS 77, WARRIORS 35

W.F. West 22 21 25  9 —77

Rochester   9  9   2 15 —35

W.F. West (77) — Yarter 2, Dobyns 12, Wollan 4, Baker 13, Thomas 8, Speck 6, Waring 6, B. White 13, C. White 2, Cooper 11

FG: 26 of 59 —.441 FT: 17 of 24 —.709 Reb. 41 (Thomas 9)

Rochester (35) — Hansen 2, Erickson 2, Robinson 1, Riley 4, McCarthy 8, Lollar 5, Goldrick 11, Sommer 2

FG: 14 of 48 —.292 FT: 1 of 3 —.333 Reb. 23 (Robinson 6, Goldrick 6)

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