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Prep Boys Basketball: Poquette, Timberwolves Fight Past La Center

LA CENTER — Morton-White Pass needed all 41 points and 15 rebounds from Matt Poquette to earn a 79-77 win in overtime against 1A La Center in a nonleague boys basketball game here on Tuesday.

Poquette added five blocks and six assists. Kaleb Rashoff scored 12 points and seven rebounds and Tristan Storey chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds for MWP.

The Timberwolves shot 58 percent from the field and outrebounded La Center 40-31.

“It was a heck of a game from start to finish. La Center is a very good opponent and it was a good game for us. We knew they like to spread the floor and shoot the 3,” MWP coach Tony Gillispie said. “They’ve got a bunch of guys that can shoot it. We knew we were going to have to score tonight to have a chance.”

Morton-White Pass took a 52-46 into the fourth quarter, but La Center came back and tied the game to force an overtime period. The Timberwolves took an early lead and held off La Center until the end. The Wildcats had a chance to win it with 2.7 seconds left, but a shot from the baseline didn’t fall.

“We had a little bit of adversity but we got through it alright,” Gillispie said. “It was a good ball game. We played well overall and we got the win on the road.”

MWP (7-1, 5-1) heads to Yakima next week to play in the Sundome Shootout, facing La Salle at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and then facing defending State 2B champion Kittitas at noon on Friday.

Note: Poquette passed 1,000 career points in Tuesday’s game, putting himself at 1,007 points in 67 career games. He’s averaging 29.1 points a game this season, and became the fourth Morton-White Pass player to hit 1,000 career points after older brother Kaleb Poquette (1,616), Kalen Dunlap (1,366), and Zach Walton (1,161).

Defense Leads Cards Past Kalama

KALAMA — Winock held the Chinooks in single-digit scoring every quarter here Tuesday night to pick up a 43-33 Central 2B League win.

The teams combined to shoot 27 of 97 from the floor, but Winlock managed 16 points in the third quarter to give itself an 11-point cushion.

“We were getting good looks, it was just one of those nights where we didn’t have it,” Winlock coach Nick Bamer said. “But our defense was just outstanding. Our problem’s been finishing the possession with rebounds, and tonight we competed on the glass like I haven’t seen in three years.”

Winlock had 31 rebounds, against 32 for the Chinooks, with Dawson Hall and Jayce Coleman each grabbing eight.

“Kalama’s a big, physical team, and we matched them punch for punch on the glass,” Bamer said. “Obviously we had to survive on the road and not being able to get the ball through the net, but we did what it took to get it done.”

Nicholas Patching led Winlock with 12 points and Bryce Cline chipped in 10.

Montego Mercer led Kalama with 10 points.

Winlock (5-2, 3-2 league) hosts Ocosta on Thursday in a nonleague game.

At La Center


Morton-WP 19 17 16 19 8 — 79

La Center     14 17 15 25 6 — 77

Morton-White Pass (79) — Rashoff 12, Gillispie 6, Lewis 8, Poquette 41, Storey 10, Salguero 2

FG: 29 of 50 —.580 FT: 18 of 26 —.692 Reb: 40 (Poquette 15)

La Center (77) — Amstatz 6, Shaw 10, Seter 18, Bryant 16, Ecklund 21, Siebert 4, Hiller 2

FG: 26 of 68 —.382 FT: 17 of 20 —.850 Reb: 31 (Bryant 7)
At Kalama


Winlock 8 11 16 8 —43

Kalama  6 9 9 9 —33

Winlock (43) — Whitehead 5, Cline 10, Ni. Patching 12, Richendollar 2, Noah Patching 1, Hall 7, Coleman 6

FG: 15 of 47 —.319 FT: 9 of 21 —.429 Reb. 31 (Hall, Coleman 8)

Kalama (33) — Dyer 4, Ross 7, Vandenberg 5, Keithley 1, Lindsey 6, Mercer 10

FG: 12 of 50 —.240 FT: 7 of 11 —.636 Reb. 32

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