By The Chronicle Staff
Laythan Demarest scored 23 points and Keith Olson added 13 and 17 tables as the Napavine Tigers got up early and never gave in in a season-opening 62-49 win over recent participant from Wahkiakum state in Napavine on Tuesday.
Wahkiakum elastic forward Jake Leitz had 27 points and 14 rebounds, but Napavine coach Rex Stanley was not upset by the defensive performance.
“He hit some hard knocks,” Stanley said. “It’s tough coverage.
Demarest started things early for the Tigers, hitting four 3-pointers in the first quarter as Napavine took a 17-9 lead after the opening period. Wahkiakum never came close to seven years after that.
“It got us off to a quick start,” Stanley said of Demarest’s first quarter.
James Grose added 11 points for Napavine in the win.
Napavine (1-0) visits 1A Elma Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Toledo overtakes Rainier in OT
Toledo exploded for 21 points in the fourth quarter to complete a 58-52 overtime win over visiting Rainier on Tuesday.
The Mountaineers got off to a good start, led by Ian Sprouffske, who scored 11 of Rainier’s 14 points in the first quarter.
The Indians, meanwhile, scored just eight points in the second quarter to lag behind by nine at the half.
“I told them in the locker room, ‘He’s a bad half. We are rusty. Either way, we can’t play like this anymore, ”Toledo coach Grady Fallon said.
It took the Indians another full quarter to kick in, but they managed to nab 21 points in the fourth quarter to take their first lead of the game at the end of the quarter.
Sophomore Carson Gould came off the bench to hit the game tied at 3 points and finished with seven points on the night.
In overtime, Toledo limited Rainier to a single bucket and three points for the win.
“I’m really happy,” Fallon said. “It’s good for these guys. I hope it’s a bullet in the arm.
Point guard Jake Cournyer led the Indians with 15 points, while Carlo Arceo-Hansen and Fredy Fernandez each scored 11. Ryan Bloomstrom scored seven points.
Rainier was led by Sprouffske’s record, 24 points, and runner-up Jake Jeske added 12.
Rainier welcomes Adna on Thursday. Toledo heads to Wahkiakum on Thursday.
MWP ahead of Winlock
Tyler Blake scored 20 points and Gary Dotson added 16 as the Morton-White Pass Timberwolves edged away from the inexperienced Winlock Cardinals 67-40 in the men’s basketball debut for both Central 2B League teams on Tuesday at Winlock.
Having to replace a ton of points and everything in between, the CArdinals managed to stay close at the start, fighting on the glass and holding on tight to MWP, who led 24-23 at the break.
But the Timberwolves bench was 12 deep, and his defense increased the pressure, and Winlock’s young backcourt couldn’t cope.
“We ran out of gas a bit and they increased their pressure and we didn’t like it,” said Winlock coach Nick Bamer. “It’s easy to get frustrated, but it was a good learning experience.”
In two wins over MWP last season, Winlock was passed by large margins in both. In Tuesday’s contest, in which the score went the other way, the rebound battle was tighter, with MWP taking 34 to 29 for Winlock.
“The fact that we are there with them shows how hard we work.”
Nolan Swofford led the Cardinals with a high of 22 points and Payton Sickles had 5 points with a total of seven tables.
Morton-White Pass (1-0) welcomes Kalama on Thursday and Winlock visits Onalaska. Both games start at 7 p.m.
Pirates Vault Past Loggers
Four Pirates scored in double digits as Anna used a high-powered offense to beat Onalaska, 72-45, at home on Tuesday.
Freshman Braeden Salme scored 20 points, the team’s top, while collecting four rebounds for the Pirates, while Chase Collins added 14 and Zach Berg and Eli Smith each had 13.
“It’s to go,” Adna coach Luke Salme said. “If you have four guys scoring double digits, you’ll be hard to beat.”
Berg took down a team of eight boards, while Aaron Aselton and Lane Johnson each had six.
“I was happier with our defensive intensity for four quarters,” said Salme. “This is our biggest challenge, hanging our hats on full defense.”
Onalaska was led by 23 points, Danny Dalsted’s game-high. Mason Ulery and Lane Zandell each scored five.
“We need to do a better job with the defensive transition,” said Onalaska first-year coach Todd Dalsted. “We have been upgraded this evening. We need to find more guys to score.
Onalaska welcomes Winlock on Thursday. Adna goes to Rainier on Thursday.
Pe Ell opens with Win
Aaiden Lee scored 11 points and had seven rebounds as the Pe Ell Trojans retired late from the Three Rivers Christian Eagles to a 37-32 victory in a 1B boys basketball game at Pe Ell on Tuesday.
Jackson Lusk added 9 points and 5 rebounds for Pe Ell in the win, and Michael Sanford added 7 points and “played really well in the home stretch,” according to Pe Ell coach Clayburn Lusk.
Clayburn Lusk also praised the efforts of Carter Phelts and Wyatt Mars, who scored one and six points respectively, but mentioned their efforts and defensive prowess.
Pe Ell was leading 15-12 at halftime, but TRC managed to shoot even after three quarters behind Eagles first-year big body Dawson Morrow, who finished with a high of 14 points.
“We struggled a bit at the start,” said Clayburn Lusk. “We looked great. Hope we start making them.
Pe Ell (1-0) visits Naselle on Wednesday. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Vikings Roll Firm Foundation
Gunner Mulligan scored 28 points, a game-high, and knocked down eight tables as a Mossyrock, no problem with Firm Foundation in a 65-42 win on Tuesday.
Keegan Kolb added 19 points for the Vikings, while Ryan Bellino and Tryn Thompson each had eight boards.
“I thought we moved the ball really well, played hard on defense and played well as a team,” Mossyrock coach Adam Deck said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well, but I thought we had taken some good shots.”
Thursday, Mossyrock welcomes Three Rivers Christian.