Wednesday’s 2B Boys BB: Morton-White Pass Rolls Past North Beach

Images from a District 4 2B boys basketball tournament first round game between Morton-White Pass and North Beach at Rochester High School on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

DOMINANT: Timberwolves Advance to Face Life Christian

By Matt Baide

mbaide@chronline.com

ROCHESTER — Morton-White Pass opened the game on a 20-0 run and never looked back, defeating North Beach 79-44 in a District 4 2B boys basketball tournament first-round game here on Wednesday.

The Timberwolves advance to the quarterfinals to face the Pacific 2B League’s top seed Life Christian on Saturday, with the time and location to be determined.

Matt Poquette led all scorers with 24 points. Tristan Storey added 18 points, Kaleb Rashoff recorded 13 points and Kade Gillispie led MWP with 8 assists.

“These district games, it’s crucial to get off to a good start. We wanted to get off to a good start,” MWP coach Tony Gillispie said. “Sometimes the higher seed, if they don’t come out ready to roll, you let a team hang around like that, and then pretty soon it’s a close game and nerves take over and we didn’t want that.”

The Timberwolves led 28-2 after a first quarter in which North Beach didn’t hit a field goal.

“I’m proud of the guys, the way they came out. After that, though, we kind of hung around and just played,” Gillispie said. “I didn’t like how we just finished the game, but we’ll learn from that, hopefully, for next time.”

The Timberwolves built a 44-16 halftime lead, allowing the Timberwolves to cruise to the win in the second half.

Morton-White Pass knew they had the height advantage inside — with Poquette at 6-foot-6 and Storey at 6-foot-7 — and used it often, shooting 58 percent in the win.

“We tried to attack with our bigs. We knew we had a little bit of an advantage there and we did and the kids did take advantage of it. (They) listened to the gameplan and it worked,” Gillispie said.

Life Christian finished the regular season 18-2. The team lost a few key players from last year’s team, but MWP knows they will get a big test from the top-seeded Eagles.

“They’ve been good for the last four or five years, maybe forever. They’ve got a great program, well coached,” Gillispie said. “They’ve got good guards, they shoot it well, they hustle well, so they’re going to be a good test. They’re really good all season and they went to regionals last year so those kids know how to play.”

 

Napavine Tops Raymond in District Opener

Jordan Purvis scored 27 points and Napavine put away Raymond, 78-59, on Wednesday in the first round of the District 4 2B Boys Basketball Tournament in Chehalis.

Raymond started out hot, however, and led 35-30 at halftime.

“They came out shooting really well in the first half, and then the second half we started trapping,” Tiger coach Rex Stanley said. “That led to some easy runouts for us, and it kind of snowballed in our favor at that point.”

Napavine shot a solid 28 of 49 (57 percent) from the field. Dawson Stanley added 20 points and nine rebounds, and Payton Stanley added 14 points.

Marcus Anderson led Raymond with 18 points. Cole Enslow added 12.

Freshman Cade Evander, Stanley said, played well defensively at the top of the Tigers’ trap defense.

“For his first district game, I thought he played really well,” Stanley said.

Napavine (17-4) faces Willapa Valley on Saturday in the district quarterfinals at either Rochester or Montesano. The game’s time and location will be determined by Friday morning.

 

At Rochester

TIMBERWOLVES 79, HYAKS 44

North Beach 2 14 18 10 —44

Morton-WP 28 16 22 17 —79

North Beach (44) — Robles 3, Sotomish 15, Beck 3, Charley 6, Muro 5, Washington 2, Poplin 6, Pope 2, Day-Heyd 2

FG: N/A FT: N/A Reb: N/A

Morton-White Pass (79) — Rashoff 13, Gillispie 8, Lewis 3, Richards 2, Poquette 24, Storey 18, Higdon 7, Salguero 4

FG: 30 of 51 —.588 FT: 13 of 16 —.812 Reb: N/A

At Chehalis

TIGERS 78, GULLS 59

Raymond 15 20 14 10 —59

Napavine 16 14 23 25 —78

Raymond (59) — Phansisay 11, Anderson 18, Enslow 12, Souvannavanh 5, Collins 8, Hubbard 5

FG: 25 of 63 —.397 FT: 0 of 0 —.000 Reb. 30 (Koski 7)

Napavine (78) — Purvis 27, Kinswa, Lantz 9, D. Stanley 20, P. Stanley 14, Subitch 2, Woodrum 2, Evander 4

FG: 28 of 49 —.571 FT: 14 of 19 —.737 Reb. 28 (D. Stanley 9)

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