Wednesday’s 2B Boys Basketball: Tigers Can’t Find Rhythm Against Toledo
Lockdown Defense: Napavine Can’t Crack the Code in 54-25 Loss
By Jordan Nailon
CASTLE ROCK — The last time Toledo played Napavine they held the Tigers offensive stalwart, Dawson Stanley, to just one point to close out their league title run. Nearly a fortnight later Toledo didn’t deviate from their original blueprint as they downed Napavine 54-25 in District 4 2B boys basketball quarterfinal action.
“They are the last team we played. We haven’t played in 13 days and it was them and Dawson had one point,” noted Toledo coach Grady Fallon. “The lesson of the day was ‘Dance with the lady you came with.’ Some of them didn’t know they guessed, but now they know. We don’t need to change anything. We just need to stick to our game plan. They’re the ones who need to change it up so we just need to be ready.”
Toledo heeded their coach’s life advice to great effect in their opening district playoff game as they held Napavine to 20 percent shooting from the field and just an 8.3 percent clip from beyond the arc as they made one of 12 attempts. Stanley finished with 10 points while hitting five of 18 shots. Ben Woodrum added six points for Napavine.
With the win, the Indians earned a berth into the regional round of the state tournament and will take on Kalama in the district semifinals on Friday at a to be determined time and location.
Toledo jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the first 5:30 minutes of game time and Napavine didn’t score until Cade Evander banked home a shot with less than a minute left. Despite their hot start, though, Toledo held just a 7-4 advantage after one quarter as they missed seven of eight three point attempts.
“I thought we were getting good shots they just weren’t falling. I thought we settled for threes a little bit but all of these guys are good shooters so you just kind of let them make those decisions. Sometimes you’ve got to shoot a bad shot to know it’s a bad shot. If it goes in it’s not a bad shot,” said Fallon.
Toledo senior center Westin Wallace credited the play of Brian Wood for helping the team through a rough stretch. Wood hit a three to open the game and finished with five points in that opening quarter before settling for a final tally of seven points and five assists.
In the second quarter Toledo scored the first eight points and they never really looked back. At halftime, they held a 23-11 lead and then scored the first eight points of the third quarter to push their lead to 20 points and extinguish any lingering flicker of hope on the Napavine sideline.
Fano Arceo-Hansen led Toledo with 12 points after going scoreless in the first half. Wallace added eight points and 11 rebounds.
“To give up just 25 points in a game shows that you’re obviously going hard, especially with a guy like Dawson Stanley who can go off,” said Wallace, who unleashed a couple of classic drop step moves in the post that can only be honed properly in a barn.
Wallace said there was no question who would mark Stanley in their playoff matchup following their success in stifling the Tigers’ prolific scorer last time around.
“I think last time Fano obviously wanted him because there was a lot of hype about will Hansen get (MVP) because they are number one and he’s the best player on that team or will Stanley get it because he’s the one doing the most,” said Wallace. “I think Fano wanted to make a statement and it worked. He only scored one point, so I think it was only natural to say ‘okay Fano, you got him again.’”
Wallace had his own tall order as he did battle with Napavine’s hulking freshman center, Keith Olson. Olson finished the game with four points and eight rebounds despite having several inches and several dozen pounds on the classically angular Wallace.
“He’s a big boy. I’m obviously built differently than him,” Wallace said. “It’s definitely a challenge and it’s a good challenge that will make me better in the long run.”
Hayden Farbo added 11 points for Toledo in the win while Bryce Marcil chipped in ten points. Both Arceo-Hansen and Farbo had four steals.
Napavine will face Wahkiakum on Friday in a loser out game at a to be determined time and location. The Tigers won the only meeting between the two teams during the regular season in Napavine, 62-57.
Winlock Falls to Life Christian
MONTESANO — The Cardinals dug themselves an early hole and could never climb out, falling to Life Christian 67-47 in a District 4 2B boys basketball tournament quarterfinal game here on Wednesday.
The win clinches a berth into the regional round of state for the Eagles. Life Christian will face Willapa Valley on Friday in the district semifinals at a to be determined time and location.
Winlock moves to the consolation side of the bracket and will face Morton-White Pass on Friday in a loser out game at a to be determined time and location.
Bryce Cline led Winlock with 17 points. Noah Patching had nine points and Coleson Richendollar chipped in eight points.
Life Christian’s Noah Robinson led all scorers with 22 points. Bradley Swillie recorded 14 points and Omari Maulana was also in double figures with 13 points.
Life Christian led 18-8 after one quarter and built the lead to 37-19 at halftime. It was more of the same in the second half, with the Eagles outscoring the Cardinals 30-28.
“They’re a handful. We affectionately refer to them as Tacoma AAU. They have seven new kids in the district who are full time basketball players and they get after it,” Winlock coach Nick Bamer said. “It took us a little bit to wake up and get going. Once we did that, we held our own. We were flustered for the first 10 to 12 minutes and dug ourselves a hole we couldn’t get out of. We’re still in it.”
MWP defeated Winlock 49-41 in the only meeting during the regular season.
EAGLES 67, CARDINALS 47
Winlock 8 11 14 14 —47
Life Christian 18 19 12 18 —67
Winlock (47) — Garcia 1, Tiemens 3, Cline 17, Richendollar 8, Patching 9, Contreras 4, Suhrbier 3, Gonzalez 2
FG: N/A FT: 10 of 14 —.714 Reb: N/A
Life Christian (67) — Wallace 6, Nichols 2, Maulana 13, Cordek 5, Shaughnessy 1, Robinson 22, Swillie 14, Potts-Woods 4
FG: N/A FT: 8 of 12 —.667 Reb: N/A
At Castle Rock
INDIANS 54, TIGERS 25
Napavine 4 7 6 8 —25
Toledo 7 16 14 17 —54
Napavine (25) — Woodrum 6, Stanley 10, Evander 4, Olson 4, Watts 1
FG: 10 of 49 —.204 FT: 4 of 8 —.500 Reb: 28 (Evander 11)
Toledo (54) — Wood 7, F. Arceo-Hansen 12, Wallace 8, Farbo 11, Marcil 10, Schaplow 2, C. Arceo-Hansen 2
FG: 22 of 55 —.400 FT: 5 of 8 —.625 Reb: 36 (Wallace 11)