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Prep Boys Basketball: Prep Boys Basketball: Mossyrock Tops Evergreen Lutheran With Late 3

Mossyrock's Jovani Mendoza celebrates with teammates and students after his game winning shot against Evergreen Lutheran in a nonleague basketball game on Monday in Mossyrock.

Mossyrock’s Jovani Mendoza celebrates with teammates and students after his game winning shot against Evergreen Lutheran in a nonleague basketball game on Monday in Mossyrock.

MOSSYROCK — Mossyrock’s Jovani Mendoza hit a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining to boost the Vikings to a 48-45 win over Evergreen Lutheran in nonleague basketball action here on Monday.
Mendoza led all scorers with 15 points. Justin Gootgeld added 13 points and Evan Gootgeld chipped in 11.
Mossyrock had the basketball with the game tied at 45 and 14 seconds to play. Mendoza received a pass on the left side just outside the 3-point line with a wide open look, firing a shot that found the bottom of the net as the Viking faithful in attendance roared with excitement.
“Feels amazing,” Mendoza said. “I was just wide open. I was looking for people that were open, and they were playing good defense. No one was on me, so I took the shot.”
That particular sequence of events was not exactly the play as it was drawn up, according to Viking coach Kelly Ross.
“We ran that play a couple times earlier, and that was the open look that we’ve had,” Ross said. “What I wanted to do was to get the ball to the high post. … We decided not to throw it into the high post. … Time was running low and he saw it so he took the open look.”
The Eagles had a chance, but a full-court heave didn’t fall, and Mendoza’s teammates mobbed him in congratulations.
It was a close game throughout, as the Vikings led 12-8 after the first quarter and Evergreen Lutheran closed the gap to tie the game at 22 going into the intermission.
Late in the game the Eagles were on top 45-43, but Evan Gootgeld hit two free throws late to tie things at 45.
Evergreen Lutheran turned the ball over on its next possession, setting up the game-winning shot for the Vikings.
“We’re still not all on the same page,” Ross said. “We have a couple series where everyone is on the same page, and then we’d kind of lose that. Tonight, that was part of the deal. We’re going to put guys into situations that maybe we’re not 100 percent comfortable with, but we need to see it in game action. It was nice to get a nonleague game and try to work on some of that stuff.”
Mossyrock (4-7, 2-6 league) has a day off before getting on the bus to face Rainier on Wednesday in a Central 2B League contest.

Ridgefield Squeaks Out Win Over W.F. West
LONGVIEW — The Spudders scored in the final seconds to pick up a 50-48 win over W.F. West here Monday at Lower Columbia College’s MLK Classic tournament.
The Bearcats held a 48-46 lead with just under a minute to go, but Ridgefield worked the clock down and pushed the ball inside to 6-foot-4 post Spencer Andersen, who scored to tie things up with about 16 seconds left.
The Bearcats then turned the ball over, giving the Spudders one final chance. Brandon White swatted away Ridgefield’s first look at the game-winner, but the Spudders drove to the hoop and banked in a bucket just before time expired to escape with the win.
Dakota Hawkins led W.F. West with 13 points and six rebounds, and Bailey Cooper added 11.
“I thought Bailey Cooper did well in the post,” Bearcat coach Chris White said. “He shot well in there (5 of 9). He did a nice job.”
W.F. West (7-6, 1-2 league) plays at Tumwater on Wednesday and hosts Black Hills on Friday.

Toledo Comes Back to Beat Fishermen
ILWACO — The Indians came back in the fourth quarter and put away Ilwaco, 61-55, here Monday in nonleague boys hoops action.
Reece Wallace scored 22 points to lead Toledo, which trailed 50-43 after giving up 18 points in the third quarter.
“I was not happy about the third quarter,” Toledo coach Grady Fallon said. “I spoke rather loudly, and tried to fire them up about just playing defense, and we did.”
Ilwaco managed just 5 points in the final frame, while Wallace went 6 of 6 from the foul line and Toledo rallied for the win.
“The guys just decided to buckle down and play defense,” Fallon said.
Zac Tapio scored 17 for Ilwaco, including all 5 in the fourth quarter. Ethan Bannister also scored 17 for the Fishermen.
Carmen Robles added 13 for Toledo, While Joe Wallace and Fano Arceo-Hansen each added 8. Joe Wallace and Junior Arroyo both grabbed nine rebounds.
The game was a makeup contest originally scheduled for Nov. 26. Toledo (9-4, 6-3 league) plays at Onalaska on Wednesday and hosts Rainier on Friday.

Loggers Edge Mules on the Road
CATHLAMET — A young Loggers squad took a step in the right direction here Monday night with a 42-39 win over the Mules in Central 2B League action.
Jack Beck scored 14 points and Ashton Haight added 12 for Onalaska, which improved to 3-6 in league play with the victory.
“It was a nail-biter all the way, and it was a must-win for us,” Logger coach Dennis Bower said. “We keep telling the kids, if you’re going to play in districts, you’re going to have to win this game.’”
Haight hit a trio of 3-pointers in the first half and went 3 of 4 at the foul line in the fourth quarter, and fellow freshman Alex Frazier hit a 3-pointer with 2 minutes to go that kept the Loggers in front.
Cody Cooper added a free throw with 13 seconds to play that made it a 3-point game.
“I’m extremely proud of the kids,” Bower said. “We’ve just been battling all year and trying to get better. We’ve never played well down here, and to come out of there with a win was huge for us right now.”
The win moved the Loggers out of a three-way tie with the Mules and Mossyrock for the ninth and final spot for the District 4 tournament.
“It’s a huge win for us, and a step in the right direction to make districts,” Bower said.
Luke Brown led Wahkiakum with 12 points, and James Anderson added 11.
Onalaska (5-8, 3-6 league) hosts Toledo on Wednesday.

Saturday’s Games
Pirates Hold Off Kalama 64-56
KALAMA — Blake Davis had a monster first half, and Adna hit its free throws down the stretch to beat Kalama, 64-56, here Saturday in Central 2B League boys basketball action.
Davis scored all of his 15 points from behind the 3-point arc in the first half, and Tanner Rigdon and Cody Young combined to go 9 of 9 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
“It’s another huge league win for us, and wrapped up a very good week,” Adna coach Luke Salme said. “We did the things we need to do to get a road win against a good Central 2B League team.”
Rigdon finished with a game-high 19 points, while Young added 14. The Pirates led 33-19 at halftime.
Alex Dyer led Kalama with 15 points. Daniel Gerega scored 13, and Blake Stemkoski added 11 for the Chinooks.
Adna (8-3, 7-1 league) hosts Winlock on Wednesday.

Monday’s Results
At Mossyrock
Evergreen Lutheran 8 14 15 8 — 45
Mossyrock 12 10 12 14 — 48
Evergreen Lutheran (45) — Pittenger 8, Rittierodt 12, Lorette 9, Werkhoven 9, Heimlich 2, Circelli 3, Keley 2
FG: 18 of 50 — .360 FT: 6 of 15 — .400 Reb. N/A
Mossyrock (48) — J. Gootgeld 13, Mendoza 15, E. Gootgeld 11, Johnson 1, Clevenger 8
FG: 16 of 55 — .290 FT: 10 of 16 — .625 Reb. N/A

At Longview
W.F. West 6 14 15 13 —48
Ridgefield 7 15 17 11 —50
W.F. West (48) — Yarter 3, Forgione 2, Dobyns 4, Thornburg 3, Hawkins 13, Speck 3, B. White 9, Cooper 11
FG: 21 of 48 —.438 FT: 1 of 4 —.250 Reb. 26 (Hawkins, White 6)
Ridgefield (50) — Radosevich 4, Gottsch 7, Williams 8, Short 11, Bringhurst 4, Wardius 12, Andersen 4
FG: 19 of 37 —.513 FT: 5 of 9 —.555 Reb. 23 (Andersen 8)

At Ilwaco
Toledo 14 18 11 18 —61
Ilwaco 19 13 18 5 —55
Toledo (61) — Arceo-Hanson 8, Arroyo 6, D. Marcil 4, J. Wallace 8, R. Wallace 22, Robles 13, Fuentes
FG: 22 of 53 —.415 FT: 14 of 20 —.700 Reb. 37 (J. Wallace, Arroyo 9)
Ilwaco (55) — Tapio 17, Kaino 6, Woods 2, Te. Ramsey 3, Tr. Ramsey, Bannister 16, Glenn 3, Tynkila 8
FG: 21 of 51 —.418 FT: 4 of 9 —.444 Reb. 29

At Cathlamet
Onalaska 7 15 7 13 —42
Wahkiakum 8 19 4 16 —39
Onalaska (42) — Haight 12, Frazier 7, Graham, Swett 2, Cooper 5, Wells, Huffman 2, Beck 14
FG: N/A FT: 6 of 10 —.600 Reb. N/A
Wahkiakum (39) — L. Brown 12, Anderson 11, Ferguson 7, Quigley 4, Beery 2, Wilson, Wright 3, Niemeyer
FG: N/A FT: 1 of 3 —.333 Reb. N/A

Saturday’s Results
At Kalama
Adna 15 18 14 17 —64
Kalama 7 12 20 17 —56
Adna (64) — Rigdon 19, Young 14, Weed 6, Metzenberg 8, Davis 15, Apperson 2
FG: 21 of 45 —.467 FT: 17 of 20 —.850 Reb. N/A
Kalama (56) — Stemkoski 11, O’Neil 3, Walker 9, Dyer 15, Gerega 13, Wood 5
FG: 22 of 45 —.489 FT: 6 of 15 —.400 Reb. N/A

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