Tuesday’s 2B Boys BB: Adna Hangs On to Beat MWP in Semifinals
DISTRICTS: Pirates Win 47-45 to Seal Regional Berth
By Aaron VanTuyl
KELSO — The Pirates just had to hold on.
Up 10 at the start of the fourth quarter here Tuesday night, Adna watched its lead dwindle and, eventually, disappear in a tight fourth quarter.
Still, despite scoring just 5 points in the final stanza, the Pirates got their biggest win of the season, edging Morton-White Pass 47-45 to secure a regional berth and move on to Saturday’s District 4 2B Boys Basketball Tournament title game.
“We talk about the fact that there’s nothing quite like that opportunity to play in W.F. West on Saturday night in the championship game,” Adna coach Luke Salme said. “If you grow up in our district, and you like basketball, that’s the ultimate dream, so that’s kind of an extra bonus for us.”
Cody Young provided the Pirates’ only field goals in the fourth quarter and scored a game-high 19 points.
“We’re pretty excited that now it’s kind of our dream coming true, since we were freshmen — going to state and maybe actually having a chance this time,” Young said of qualifying for regionals, adding that a shot at the district title isn’t a bad bonus. “It’s going to be a crazy atmosphere and awesomeness. It’s always awesome.”
Adna led 42-32 heading into the fourth frame, but a 7-0 run by the Timberwolves quickly closed the gap.
A 3-pointer from Kade Gillispie pulled MWP to within 2 at 44-42; Adna called timeout, but promptly turned the ball over once the game was back on. Matt Poquette drew a foul and converted a pair of free throws to tie things up for the first time since the game’s opening minutes, but Young scored on the other end to put Adna back in front.
“He’s phenomenal,” Salme said of Young, a 5-foot-8 senior guard. “Even when things were a grind, and we only score 5 points in the fourth quarter, he found a way to make plays. He hit a huge shot when it felt like we hadn’t scored in forever.”
It stayed that way until the final seconds. The Timberwolves grabbed the rebound after a missed foul shot and called timeout with 21 seconds left and a chance to tie things up, but MWP’s contested look inside just rimmed out. The officials ruled a jump ball on the rebound, with the possession arrow pointing Adna’s way.
Blake Davis drew a foul for the Pirates and hit 1 of 2 free throws for a 47-44 lead.
Poquette was fouled as soon as he crossed midcourt with the ball, and 4 seconds left on the clock, meaning he’d have to miss the second shot for MWP to have a chance to win; he hit the first and intentionally missed the second, but Adna’s Conner Weed came up with the rebound with 2 seconds left and the game was essentially over.
It was the second tight game between the teams in two weeks; MWP won the teams’ second regular-season matchup, 55-54, in Morton on Jan. 31.
“The biggest difference in this game, versus (when we played) at Morton, was we rebounded,” Salme said, noting MWP had a 35-18 advantage in that game. “We may play them 50 times and never outrebound them, but that margin can’t be that big, and I thought for a bunch of little scrawny guards that can shoot it, we fought like crazy to get some boards.”
Morton-White Pass had a 28-27 advantage on the glass Tuesday night, with Poquette grabbing 14 boards to go with a team-high 15 points — 13 of which came after halftime.
Adna led 25-17 at the intermission, thanks in part to a zone defense with Weed playing a central role.
“All year we’ve liked to mix it up and keep teams guessing a little bit, but it’s really hard against MWP,” Salme said. “I don’t think it matters what defense you do, when you’re worried about Matt (Poquette) and the other pieces around him.”
Gillispie and Kaleb Rashoff each added 9 points for MWP, while Davis added 10 for Adna.
The win puts Adna (20-2) in Saturday’s championship game against Toutle Lake, which beat Napavine 59-44 in Tuesday’s other semifinal. Adna beat Toutle Lake, 68-54, in the regular season, though the Ducks were without All-League first-team guard Nate Hoff. The district championship is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m.
Morton-White Pass (18-5) faces Toledo on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Rochester. The winner moves on to the tournament’s third-place game and secures a regional berth, while the loser plays for the fifth and final regional spot on Saturday against either Napavine or Life Christian.
Ducks Fly Past Tigers into Finals
KELSO — As Napavine coach Rex Stanley pointed out, the Ducks — despite entering the District 4 tournament as a No. 5 seed — aren’t to be taken lightly.
Toutle Lake’s 59-44 win over Napavine here Tuesday in the district semifinals, just three days after upsetting top-seeded Toledo, underlined that point.
“Don’t let the record fool you,” Stanley said. “They’re legit. That’s a legit team. We were going to have to play really well to win this game, and it didn’t happen.”
Toutle Lake jumped out to a 10-2 lead and had an 11-point advantage by halftime, shooting 51 percent from the field over the course of the game.
Unlike the teams’ only regular-season meeting — a 70-67 home win by Napavine — the Ducks didn’t rely heavily on stars Nate Hoff, Michael Adams and Cam Swanson; Ryder Moss scored 11 points, Logan Grabenhorst added 10 and Zach Vetter came off the bench to score 8.
Swanson still finished with a team-high 12, including a 3-pointer early in the third that bolstered Toutle’s lead to 36-18.
Adams scored only 8 points but grabbed 15 rebounds and threw down a two-handed dunk with 1:14 left in the game that put Toutle up 59-42 and prompted the insertion of both teams’ reserves.
Napavine struggled shooting, missing its first 15 attempts from long range and finishing 3 of 22 from behind the arc. Jordan Purvis led the Tigers with 22 points and seven rebounds, with Peyton Stanley adding 10 points.
“I thought our shot selection could have been better early,” Rex Stanley said. “We were getting stops, and defensively we were right where we wanted to be, but looking at our offense, we were just rushing and playing too fast. And we weren’t shooting that well, so it kind of compounded the problem.”
Napavine (18-5) now moves into a consolation semifinal game with Life Christian on Thursday night at 6 p.m. in Rochester. The winner moves on to the tournament’s third-place game and secures a regional berth, while the loser plays for the fifth and final regional spot on Saturday against either Napavine or Life Christian.
“Luckily this group has been in a lot of big games, in a lot of different sports, so they get it. They know nothing’s lost tonight except the district championship,” Stanley said. “We can dwell on this one til tonight, and then we’ve got to get on with life.”
Toledo Takes Down Willapa Valley in Overtime
CASTLE ROCK — Toledo and Willapa Valley needed overtime in a loser out District 4 2B Boys Basketball Tournament game here on Tuesday, as the Indians’ prevailed 50-45 to stay alive in the tournament.
Andreas Malunat led Toledo with 16 points. Reece Wallace added 13 points and Junior Arroyo recorded a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Fano Arceo-Hansen had a team-high 15 rebounds and Westin Wallace added 10 boards.
Ryon Ashley led Willapa Valley with 16 points.
Reece Wallace was in foul trouble in the first half, and Malunat stepped up in his absence, hitting three 3’s in the first quarter and scoring 14 points in the first half to help Toledo lead 32-25 at halftime.
The Indians went cold in the third quarter and scored just one point, but Willapa Valley only managed five points to allow Toledo a 33-30 lead going into the fourth quarter.
It was tied at 43 with 20 seconds to go, and Willapa Valley had the ball and a chance to win the game, but Toledo’s defense held up and sent the game to overtime.
In overtime, Wallace hit a step back 3-pointer late and made free throws down the stretch to help Toledo earn the victory.
“It was loud, intense Some fans covering their face, it was fun,” Toledo coach Grady Fallon said. “It was fun to come out on the winning end. They’re solid, they play hard. I thought our defense was pretty solid.”
Toledo faces Morton-White Pass on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Rochester in the consolation semifinals. The winner earns a berth to regionals, while the loser will have one more game to try and claim the final spot into regionals.
PIRATES 47, TIMBERWOLVES 45
Adna 12 13 17 5 —47
Morton-WP 8 9 15 13 —45
Adna (47) — Apperson 5, Young 19, Weed 4, Metzenberg 4, Davis 10, Thornburg 5
FG: 18 of 49 —.367 FT: 7 of 12 —.583 Reb. 27 (Metzenberg, Young 8)
Morton-White Pass (45) — Morris 3, Rashoff 9, Gillispie 9, Lewis 7, Poquette 15, Storey 2
FG: 16 of 41 —.390 FT: 5 of 8 —.625 Reb. 28 (Poquette 14)
DUCKS 59, TIGERS 44
Toutle Lk. 14 15 13 17 —59
Napavine 9 9 11 15 —44
Toutle Lake (59) — Swanson 12, Hoff 5, Ry. Moss 11, Adams 8, Grabenhorst 10, Vetter 8, Jorgensen 5
FG: 23 of 45 —.511 FT: 10 of 23 —.434 Reb. 39 (Adams 15)
Napavine (44) — Purvis 22, D. Stanley 8, P. Stanley 10, Evander 1, Subitch 2, Kinswa 1
FG: 16 of 54 —.296 FT: 7 of 14 —.500 Reb. 22 (Purvis 7)
At Castle Rock
INDIANS 50, VIKINGS 45 (OT)
Toledo 18 14 1 10 7 —50
Willapa Valley 14 11 5 13 2 —45
Toledo (50) — B. Marcil 3, Arceo-Hansen 3, Arroyo 10, R. Wallace 13, W. Wallace 5, Malunat 16
FG: 17 of 62 —.274 FT: 8 of 16 —.500 Reb: 54 (Arceo-Hansen 15, Arroyo 14, W. Wallace 10)
Willapa Valley (45) — Flemetis 12, Pearson 7, Hamilton 4, Roonsburg 1, Ashley 16, Walker 5
FG: 15 of 50 —.300 FT: 11 of 17 —.647 Reb: 31