Friday’s Boys Basketball: Bearcats Drub Rochester in EvCo Opener
COLD NIGHT: Rough Shooting Night by Warriors Aids W.F. West in 54-18 Win
By Aaron VanTuyl
ROCHESTER — It may not have been a glowing endorsement of Evergreen 2A Conference basketball, but the end result certainly didn’t hurt W.F. West’s bottom line.
The Bearcats took advantage of a chilly night on and off the court for Rochester here Friday for a 54-18 league win, pushing their record to 7-3 on the season.
The Warriors, meanwhile, may as well have left their winter gloves on, shooting just 6 of 47 from the field and 1 of 23 from behind the 3-point arc.
“I think anyone could go out and shoot 6 for 47 with their eyes closed,” Warrior coach Mark Goldrick lamented.
“It wasn’t the prettiest game,” W.F. West coach Chris White said. “It was definitely hard to watch at times, but I am proud of my guys defensively. They contested real well on shots.”
W.F. West set a new team record for points allowed in the contest, easily eclipsing the 29 points allowed in a win over Black Hills during the 2005-06 season.
Dakota Hawkins led W.F. West with 10 points, and Brandon White added 9 on a trio of 3-pointers in the first 3 minutes of the second half.
W.F. West led 25-9 at halftime.
“The first half we were kind of a victim of a tempo that wasn’t the way we wanted,” Chris White said. “We wanted to go a little faster than that. In the second half that improved.”
The Bearcats outscored Rochester 19-2 in the third quarter to all but seal the win. Jordan Waring came off the bench to hit a 3-pointer that highlighted the final frame, putting W.F. West up 49-16 with 4 ½ minutes left to play.
“I liked getting some of my reserve guys in,” White added. “I thought they did some pretty positive stuff.”
W.F. West also held a 40-24 advantage on the glass, with Bailey Cooper snaring eight boards. White added seven.
Noah Escott led Rochester with 7 points and was the only Warrior to convert more than one field goal. The Warriors did, however, turn the ball over just nine times in the loss.
“I don’t know what to do besides get them back into the gym and keep shooting,” Goldrick said. “Somehow we’ve got to find a way to springboard because we are in a bad way and it doesn’t get any easier from here.”
Rochester (3-8, 0-1 league) hosts Tumwater on Tuesday.
W.F. West (6-4, 1-0 league) hosts Aberdeen on Tuesday and rival Centralia on Thursday.
“It was definitely a sloppy first half, and an improved second half,” White said, “but still a lot of room to get better.”
T-Birds Thunder Past Tigers
TUMWATER — The Tigers were able to hang with the Thunderbirds for three quarters here Friday night before the home team cruised away with a 66-45 win in their Evergreen 2A Conference matchup.
After trailing by just 2 points at half, and 8 headed into the final frame, an 18-5 final quarter was all she wrote for the Tigers as they faded down the stretch in the face of a tall and talented foe. Shooting woes hobbled the Tigers on the night as they shot just 31 percent from the field, including 2 of 16 on 3-point attempts.
“We obviously did not shoot well and I thought we lost a little bit of composure when they spread it from the start of the fourth quarter,” said Centralia coach Ron Brown. “All of a sudden we’re playing hurry up and throw it up.”
Brian Marty paced Tumwater on the evening with a game-high 33 points while Hodges Bailey lead Centralia with 17 points.
Rebounding was another area where the Tigers fell short as they were outworked on the glass by a total of 27-15.
“I think we were better at halftime but I think shot selection has a role in how you rebound and we didn’t get any offensive rebounds because of our shot selection,” said Brown. “We just didn’t shoot well enough to beat a team of that caliber.”
Brown was pleased, however, with the effort of Cale Shute, who notched 12 points.
“I thought Cale probably was the most solid game both offensively and defensively,” said Brown.
Centralia (6-5, 0-1 league) will play at Black Hills on Tuesday.
Montesano Makes Hats Out of Beavers
MONTESANO — The Beavers couldn’t get much going here Friday night in a 64-17 loss to Montesano in Evergreen 1A League boys hoops action.
The Bulldogs led 22-4 after a quarter and held Tenino to 7 points in the second half.
“We just missed easy bunnies and we missed the easy things,” Tenino coach Joe Chirhart said. “It starts with one or two mistakes and then it just becomes a domino effect.”
Tony Canepa led Tenino with 7 points, and Spencer Brewer added 6.
Sam Winter led Montesano (7-5) with 13 points.
Tenino (2-12, 0-2 league) will play at Elma on Friday.
BEARCATS 54, WARRIORS 18
W.F. West 11 14 19 10 —54
Rochester 2 7 2 7 —18
W.F. West (54) — Yarter 6, Dobyns 5, Forgione 7, Bull 4, Hawkins 10, B. White 9, Waring 3, C. White 6, Cooper 4
FG: 20 of 49 —.408 FT: 6 of 9 —.667 Reb. 40 (Cooper 8, B. White 7)
Rochester (18) — Schneider 2, Valley 2, Robinson 2, Goldrick 3, Lollar 1, Escott 7, Cabrera 1
FG: 6 of 47 —.128 FT: 5 of 11 —.454 Reb. 24 (Robinson, Goldrick 5)
T-BIRDS 66, TIGERS 45
Tumwater 17 14 17 18 —66
Centralia 12 17 11 5 —45
Tumwater (66) — Marty 33, May 8, Geathers 9, Otton 4, Koukal 2, Drayton 4, Kibler 3, Weller 1, Koelsch 2
FG: 22 of 50 —.440 FT: 13 of 23 —.565 Reb: 27 (Otton 8)
Centralia (45) — Pertzborn 6, Thomas 6, Bailey 17, Ashmore 4, Shute 12, Edwards, Singh, Trevino, Wasson
FG: 17 of 54 —.315 FT: 9 of 10 —.900 Reb: 15 (Bailey, Edwards 4)
BULLDOGS 64, BEAVERS 17
Montesano 22 12 18 12 —64
Tenino 4 6 2 5 —17
Montesano (64) — Peterson 6, Ridgeway 10, Burbidge 5, Bates 2, Winter 13, Chapman 10, Quinn 3, Valley 7, Dierkop 4, Nicklos 4
FG: N/A FT: 13 of 20 —.650 Reb: N/A
Tenino (17) — Canepa 7, Griffis 2, Wright 2, Brewer 6
FG: N/A FT: 3 of 6 —.500 Reb: N/A