2A Boys Roundup: Tigers Fade Late in 65-61 Loss to Fife
By Aaron VanTuyl
The Tigers were without their quickest defender and playing their second game in as many nights.
Against a speedy Fife team, that combination — along with a few too many turnovers — proved too big an obstacle on Wednesday night in a 65-61 nonleague loss.
The Trojans scored 23 points in the fourth quarter and held on in the final seconds, dropping the Tigers’ record to 5-4 on the season.
Centralia had beaten Washington, 80-30, on Tuesday night, but came out of the gates slow and turned the ball over 10 times in the first half.
“I’d like to think that was part of the reason,” Centralia coach Ron Brown said, of his team playing the night before. “We looked awfully slow, but we aren’t a quick team. And without Jordan (Thomas) in there, it really slows us down.”
Thomas, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, has missed Centralia’s past few games with a sprained ankle and is expected to be out at least another week.
“We’re not a real fun team to watch, in my opinion, right now,” Brown said. “We just make too many mistakes. Just a lot of bad decisions, and decisions leading to bad passes, and then at times we do something pretty good.”
Hodges Bailey led Centralia with 18 points, and Tyler Ashmore chipped in 16.
Bailey hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left in the first half that gave Centralia a 29-28 advantage at the break. The Tigers held the lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Fife — after a nine fourth-quarter lead changes — pulled ahead 58-56 on a 3-pointer from Jackson Cooley with 1:30 left in the game.
The Tigers missed a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left and the ball was knocked out of bounds, with Fife holding possession. The Trojans called a timeout, and one of the Trojans noted to officials that Bailey had blood on his jersey, which bars a player from participating until remedied. The Tigers quickly called timeout and Bailey ran to the locker room and returned with a fresh jersey before the game resumed.
As play resumed, however, Fife’s Eli Graham snuck behind the defense for an open lay-up that put the Trojans up 62-57 with 24 seconds left and all but sealed the game. Cooley added a pair of foul shots with 5 seconds left to end it.
Tavis Johnson led Fife with 13 points, and Graham and Cooper Schelbert each scored 12.
Layne Pertzborn added 13 points for the Tigers, with a trio of blocked shots, and Nick Edwards grabbed seven rebounds to go with 6 points.
Bailey and Ashmore each added five rebounds, and Cale Shute scored 8 points with four rebounds and five assists. Isaiah Trevino contributed five assists as well.
Centralia plays at Ridgefield on Tuesday and hosts Tumwater on Friday to open Evergreen 2A Conference play.
Bearcats Fall to Capital 68-53
OLYMPIA — Capital pulled away in the second half and picked up a 68-53 nonleague boys hoops win over W.F. West here Wednesday night.
Forward Chris Schnellman led Capital with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
“They got some middle penetration where we had to help, and they were able to dump it off to Schnellman,” Bearcat coach Chris White said. “We stayed really tough. We fought to the end, and I was really proud of their effort.”
W.F. West led 34-33 at halftime, but the shooting fizzled and Capital was able to build itself an 8-point cushion going into the fourth quarter.
Dakota Hawkins led W.F. West with 14 points, and Brandon White and Camden Bull each scored 11. White added 10 rebounds.
“It’s just too bad we didn’t get hot,” White said. “We played a little tentative on offense and it resulted in some shots that weren’t very confident or fluid.”
T.J. Mickelson added 12 points for Capital.
W.F. West (6-3) plays at Rochester on Jan. 5.
TROJANS 65, TIGERS 61
Fife 15 13 14 23 —65
Centralia 12 17 14 18 —61
Fife (65) — Cooley 5, Ginnis 4, Afework 10, Schelbert 12, Graham 12, Williams 7, Helgen 2, Johnson 13
FG: 23 of 55 —.418 FT: 12 of 16 —.750 Reb. 22 (Cooley, Afework 4)
Centralia (61) — Trevino, Pertzborn 13, Bailey 18, Ashmore 16, Shute 8, Edwards 6
FG: 25 of 47 —.531 FT: 8 of 12 —.750 Reb. 25 (Edwards 7)
COUGARS 68, BEARCATS 53
W.F. West 19 15 9 10 —53
Capital 14 19 18 17 —68
W.F. West (53) — Yarter 3, Forgione 2, Dobyns 2, Thornburg 3, Bull 11, Hawkins 14, B. White 11, Cooper 7
FG: 19 of 53 —.358 FT: 6 of 10 —.600 Reb. 32 (B. White 10)
Capital (68) — T. Mickelson 12, M. Mickelson 6, Penner 11, Landers 8, Layton 7, Collard 4, Richardson 2, Schnellman 18
FG: 25 of 54 —.463 FT: 13 of 18 —.722 Reb. 38 (Schnellman 14)