Wednesday’s College Basketball: Blazers Fall to Clippers

By The Chronicle

OLYMPIA — Liam Murphy missed a game-tying shot for Centralia with time winding down to allow South Puget Sound to hang on for a 81-78 win in an NWAC West Region men’s basketball game here on Wednesday.

Centralia’s Marqus Gilson scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. LaBrandon Price added 25 points for the Blazers.

South Puget Sound had five players score in double figures, led by the 19 points of Cacoa Chatman. Tyke Thompson and DeMonte Malloy each added 17 points and Braden Bunn added 11 points. Hunter Sipe was the other Clipper in double figures with 11 points.

Centralia shot almost 50 percent from the field while South Puget Sound shot just 42 percent, but the Clippers did shoot better from behind the arc.

Centralia led 48-47 at halftime. The Clippers gained a lead with less than seven minutes remaining and never relinquished the advantage. Gilson made two free throws with 15 seconds left to cut the lead to 80-78 and after a Chatman free throw, Murphy had a look to tie the game but it didn’t fall.

Centralia (16-9, 6-4) travels to Tacoma on Saturday for a 4 p.m. West Region contest.

Women’s Basketball

South Puget Sound Edges Centralia

OLYMPIA — Centralia had three players score in double figures but it wasn’t enough as South Puget Sound won 56-51 in a NWAC West Region women’s basketball game here on Wednesday.

Lindsey Nurmi led the Blazers with 14 points. Piper Cai added 11 points and Devanie Kleemeyer chipped in 10 points. Caitlin Yenne grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds and six steals.

Trinity Betoney led all scorers with 23 points. Winlock alum Rianna Whitehead tallied eight points and Mossyrock alum Lainee Grose recorded five points off the bench for the Clippers.

Centralia had 18 steals in the game but shot 26 percent from the field, including 2 of 33 from behind the arc. South Puget Sound also won the rebounding battle, 49-43.

The Blazers led 16-11 after the first quarter, but South Puget Sound answered in the second quarter to tie the game at 25 at halftime.

Each team scored 15 points in the third quarter and the game was tied at 51 with just less than two minutes remaining. Whitehead made three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt and Grose made the final point of the night at the free throw line to seal the victory.

Centralia (13-11, 7-3) will try to snap their three game losing streak on the road against Tacoma at 2 p.m. on Saturday in a West Region contest.

Men’s College Basketball

At Olympia

CLIPPERS 81, BLAZERS 78

Centralia 48 30 —78

S. Puget Sound 47 34 —81

Centralia (78) — Price 25, Clarke 3, Dixon 4, Gilson 28, Ashmore 5, Prangley 8, Hoff 3, Eiman 2

FG: 32 of 65 —.492 FT: 6 of 10 —.600 Reb: 33 (Gilson 9)

South Puget Sound (81) — Thompson 17, Chatman 19, Malloy 17, Sipe 11, Bunn 12, Faustka 5

FG: 29 of 68 —.426 FT: 11 of 16 —.688 Reb: 38 (Sipe 11)

Women’s College Basketball

At Olympia

CLIPPERS 56, BLAZERS 51

Centralia 16 9 15 11 —51

S. Puget Sound 11 14 15 16 —56

Centralia (51) — Cai 11, Yenne 4, Elwood 8, Christian 2, Nurmi 14, Cash 2, Kleemeyer 10

FG: 19 of 71 —.268 FT: 11 of 20 —.550 Reb: 43 (Yenne 10)

South Puget Sound (56) — Whitehead 8, Brown 8, Betoney 23, Northrop 4, Holden 6, Grose 5, Gifford 2

FG: 18 of 58 —.310 FT: 15 of 28 —.536 Reb: 49 (Brown 16)

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