Wednesday’s 2A Boys Basketball: W.F. West Defeats Tumwater to Clinch League Title
By The Chronicle
TUMWATER — Brandon White scored 14 points with eight rebounds to lead the Bearcats to a 59-50 win over Tumwater and clinch the Evergreen 2A Conference crown here on Wednesday.
“It feels awesome,” W.F. West coach Chris White said. “The kids really got after it.”
Jordan Thomas and Bailey Cooper each added 13 points for the Bearcats. C.J. Geathers led Tumwater with 22 points.
W.F. West shot 45 percent from the field and outrebounded Tumwater 32-24, improving to 9-0 in league play with one game left in the regular season.
“We saw some different things we weren’t expecting. We figured some things out and came together, and it was a tough battle,” W.F. West coach Chris White said. “Hats off to Tumwater, they stepped up their game. Brandon had a real good game. He worked his butt off and he really played hard. It was really fun.”
W.F. West led 23-20 at halftime, but Tumwater came out strong in the third quarter to take a 41-39 lead going into the fourth quarter. It was all Bearcats in the fourth, outscoring Tumwater 20-8 to earn the win.
W.F. West (17-2, 9-0) wraps up the regular season on Friday, traveling to Centralia for the second round of Swamp Cup basketball.
Centralia Pours It on Late to Beat Aberdeen
The Tigers poured in 27 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and beat Aberdeen, 62-47, on Wednesday night in Evergreen 2A Conference boys basketball action in the Hub City.
Jackson Grimm scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Centralia, and Michael Ajoge and Ben Janssan each notched double-doubles.
Centralia, though, trailed 22-20 at halftime and 36-33 after three quarters.
“We got a lot of good looks, and we just did not shoot the ball very well,” Centralia coach Kyle Donahue said. “Part of that is when we’re missing like that, we want to crash the boards and get a lot of rebounds, and we didn’t rebound as well as I would like early on.”
Grimm, though, was a bright spot, particularly with Aberdeen missing its top post player, Donahue noted.
“We just really wanted to get the ball inside to Jackson, and in the first half we did not do it,” Donahue said. “In the second half we kind of spread it out and got him a lot of looks inside.”
Janssan scored 15 points with 10 rebounds and four assists, Ajoge added 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Tyler Ashmore scored 10 with eight boards. Conner Wasson played well defensively on Ben Dublanko, Aberdeen’s point guard and leading scorer, Donahue said.
Centralia (11-8, 7-2 league) has sealed second place in the EvCo standings, and hosts rival W.F. West on Friday night in a girls-boys doubleheader. The Tigers will also host a first-round District 4 2A tournament game on Feb. 10 against the third-place team from the Greater St. Helens 2A League.
Wolves Rally in Second Half to Beat Rochester
ROCHESTER — The Warriors took a 4-point lead into halftime, but Black Hills roared back in the second half for a 59-44 win here Wednesday in Evergreen 2A Conference boys basketball action.
Garrett Glenn led Black Hills with 20 points.
The hosts were up 30-26 at the break.
“And then everything we talked about trying to prevent happening in the second half kind of happened,” Rochester coach Mark Goldrick said. “They kind of ramped things up, and our execution went down a little bit, but overall, we played good.”
Stephen Robinson led Rochester with 11 points. Riley Erickson and Joel McCarthy each added 8.
It was the final home game for Rochester seniors Erickson, Robinson, McCarthy, Rylee Sommer and Jarrett Smith.
“They played their hearts out,” Goldrick said.
Rochester (5-14, 0-9 league) plays at Aberdeen on Friday to close out the season.
TIGERS 62, BOBCATS 47
Aberdeen 13 9 14 11 —47
Centralia 8 12 13 27 —62
Aberdeen (47) — N/A
FG: N/A FT: N/A Reb. 28
Centralia (62) — Wasson 6, Baird 2, Ashmore 10, Ajoge 10, Janssan 15, Grimm 19
FG: N/A FT: N/A Reb. 42 (Ajoge, Janssan 10)
WOLVES 59, WARRIORS 44
Black Hills 16 10 19 14 —59
Rochester 17 13 6 8 —44
Black Hills (59) — Glenn 20, Armin 10, Walker 7, Z. Crumley 6, Wright 6, Bauer 10
FG: N/A FT: 7 of 10 —.700 Reb. N/A
Rochester (44) — Robinson 11, Erickson 8, McCarthy 8, Goldrick 7, Sommer 3, Smith 2, Lollar 2, Riley 2, Hansen 1
FG: 14 of 45 —.311 FT: 10 of 15 —.667 Reb. 24 (Smith 6)
BEARCATS 59, THUNDERBIRDS 50
W.F. West 12 11 16 20 —59
Tumwater 8 12 21 8 —50
W.F. West (59) — Dobyns 3, Wollan 5, Thomas 13, Speck 3, B. White 14, C. White 8, Cooper 13
FG: 22 of 48 —.458 FT: 11 of 14 —.785 Reb: 32 (B. White 8)
Tumwater (50) — Williams 1, Geathers 22, Jones 11, Gilliland 6, Gaither 7, Murphy 3
FG: 17 of 45 —.377 FT: 13 of 18 —.722 Reb: 24