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2B Boys BB: Stanley’s Shooting Helps Tigers Dump Seattle Lutheran

Napavine’s Wyatt Stanley goes in for a layup past Seattle Lutheran’s Joe Meehan during a Regional 2B Basketball Playoff game on Saturday afternoon at W.F. West High School in Chehalis.

THEY’RE BACK: Wyatt Stanley Scores 19 in the Second Half of 67-48 Regional Win

By Aaron VanTuyl

avantuyl@chronline.com

The Tigers had a bad taste in their mouth after the District 4 tournament.

Saturday’s regional game, then, was a healthy dose of Listerine.

Wyatt Stanley scored 19 in the second half, and Napavine turned it on after the break in what turned out to be a comfortable 67-48 win over Seattle Lutheran at W.F. West High School.

Stanley, the Central 2B League MVP and typically a sturdy 6-foot-3 forward, played almost exclusively on the perimeter. He pulled in a game-high eight rebounds and scored 24 points, going 5 of 6 from behind the 3-point arc.

“Wyatt’s one of those kids — he’s the best post, he’s the best guard, he’s the best wing,” Tiger coach Rex Stanley said. “So when people zone us, we decided that he’s big enough and strong enough to get into the gaps.”

Napavine trailed 31-28 at halftime, after being down as many as 8 in the second quarter. Stanley got rolling midway through the third, pulling down rebounds and going coast-to-coast for layups on two straight possessions, then picking off a pass at midcourt and taking it all the way to tie the game at 37.

“He’s our best passer, he’s our best playmaker,” the coach added. “Just because he’s your biggest kid, it doesn’t mean he can’t play guard.”

Three-pointers from Wyatt and Peyton Stanley helped put the Tigers ahead 47-43 at the end of the third, and Wyatt then hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions — one from nearly 25 feet out, and another on a step back — that pushed the lead to 63-45.

“I’d say I’m probably a streaky shooter, but today I got going a little bit and I was feeling it,” Stanley said.

“He can get going,” Rex Stanley said. “I’ve seen him hit a few in a row, but boy, the timing couldn’t have been better.”

The Tigers, all in all, went 26 of 44 from the floor and held a 30-19 rebounding advantage.

Roberto Duenaz scored 25 to lead Seattle Lutheran (20-5), but was held to just 5 points in the second half.

Austin Filley chipped in 11 points and, on the defensive end, held Seattle Lutheran’s leading scorer, Josh Meyer, to just 5 points.

Peyton Stanley added 10 for the Tigers, while Rex Stanley cited Randy Kinswa for his work and back-to-back buckets in the fourth quarter that pushed the lead to double digits for good.

The Tigers went 3-2 in the District 4 tournament after an undefeated regular season, wrapping districts with a win over Kalama in the fifth-place game after losing to Toledo in the semifinals and Chief Leschi in the consolation semifinals.

“We kind of ran into a buzzsaw with Toledo, and from that point on we basically flushed the district tournament and focused on this game right here,” Rex Stanley said. “You never know how they’re going to respond after a loss, but this group is steady-eddy. They’ve played in a bunch of big games.”

Napavine (23-2) now has a first-round bye in Spokane.

“We kind of had a sour taste in our mouth after districts,” Wyatt Stanley said. “We didn’t play what we thought was our best basketball, so we knew if we came out and played our brand of basketball we’d be fine.”

The Tigers will take on either Brewster or Liberty (Spangle) at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, and have avoided a loser-out first-round game on Wednesday.

At Chehalis

TIGERS 67, SAINTS 48

Seattle Luth. 14 17 12 5 —48

Napavine 19 9 19 10 —67

Seattle Lutheran (48) — Ball 14, Kuhn 2, Duenaz 25, Meehan 2, Meyer 5

FG: 21 of 51 —.412 FT: 3 of 4 —.750 Reb. 19 (J. Meyer 7)

Napavine (67) — D. Stanley 6, W. Stanley 24, P. Stanley 10, Purvis 6, Lantz 6, Filley 11, Kinswa 4

FG: 26 of 44 —.591 FT: 5 of 9 —.556 Reb. 30 (W. Stanley 8)

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