Saturday’s 2B Boys BB: Toledo Bound for State; MWP Tops LCA for Third
FIFTH PLACE: Indians Take Scenic Route to Regionals, Beat Napavine 66-43 in Fifth-Place Game
By Aaron VanTuyl
ROCHESTER — The Indians took the scenic route, but wound up exactly where they wanted to be.
After dropping two District 4 2B tournament games to teams they’d beaten in the regular season — Toutle Lake and Morton-White Pass — the Indians atoned for their losses here on Saturday, dispatching of Napavine, 66-43, in the tournament’s fifth-place game at Rochester.
The win sends Toledo (21-4) to regionals and, given their high slot in the WIAA’s RPI board, makes them an automatic entry to the Spokane portion of the tournament.
Indians coach Grady Fallon said he got a text message from a former coach — Bill Bakamus, whose Mark Morris Monarchs won a 2A district title Friday night — on Saturday morning.
“(It) said sometimes you take the elevator, sometimes you take the stairs, meaning we’re right where we want to be,” Fallon said. “We bought in a little bit. We took a little detour, we didn’t play very well, but we’re right back to where we would have been.”
Andreas Malunat came off the bench to can five 3-pointers and score 17 points and Reece Wallace tallied 20 points and hit four 3-pointers, giving him 24 for the tournament and breaking a record (20) set by Raymond’s Casey Collins back in 1992.
Toledo started to pull away in the second quarter, using a 14-2 run — featuring 3s from Hayden Farbo and Wallace — to stretch its lead to 33-15. The Indians used their size advantage to hold a 45-26 edge on the glass, with Junior Arroyo grabbing 15 rebounds and adding 10 points.
Dawson Stanley scored 7 points in a 9-0 Tiger run over the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters that cut the lead to 10, but a bucket inside from Westin Wallace, a 3 from Malunat and a bucket by Reece Wallace pushed it back to 17 with 4 minutes left to play.
Stanley scored 13 points to lead Napavine, with Noah Lantz adding 11. The Tigers, though, went just 17 of 59 (29 percent) from the field.
Toledo, meanwhile, was 10 of 21 from behind the 3-point arc, with Malunat going 5 of 10 and Wallace hitting 4 of 8.
Napavine finished the season 18-7 overall, after tying with Morton-White Pass for third in the Central 2B League. The Tigers graduate seniors Lantz, Peyton Stanley, Jordan Purvis, Randy Kinswa and Isaac Subitch.
Toledo will now wait for the WIAA’s RPI board to be finalized to find out its regional opponent, and can plan on at least one game in Spokane.
“That’s just a huge relief, and a huge weight off our shoulders,” Fallon said. “You can’t complain if you finish in Spokane.”
MWP Holds Off LCA for Third
Morton-White Pass met Life Christian for the second time in a week on Saturday, holding off the Eagles once again, 51-44, to finish third in the District 4 2B Boys Basketball Tournament.
Matt Poquette scored 21 points with 10 rebounds and Kade Gillispie added 14 for the Timberwolves.
Life Christian, however, had the services of 6-foot-5 sophomore center Keegan Bitow-Woods this time around.
“We had to make an adjustment on him,” MWP coach Tony Gillispie said. “It’s been a long week. Maybe we’re a little tired, but we got through it. Both teams are really good and points are tough to get, so we’re happy with the win.”
Poquette went 5 for 5 at the foul line, while Kade Gillispie hit four 3-pointers. Both players added four assists. Kaleb Rashoff added 10 rebounds, and Carson Lewis scored 9 points for the Timberwolves.
Morton-White Pass trailed 26-22 at halftime, but posted 19 points in the third quarter to take the lead.
“We didn’t answer the bell early, but we settled in after halftime and played tough,” Gillispie said.
Morton-White Pass (20-5) had already secured a bid to the regional round of the state playoffs, and given its top-eight RPI ranking, has secured a spot in the state tournament in Spokane.
The Timberwolves’ regional opponent is expected to be finalized on Sunday.
INDIANS 66, TIGERS 43
Napavine 11 7 12 13 —43
Toledo 16 19 10 21 —66
Napavine (43) — Purvis 5, Lantz 11, D. Stanley 13, P. Stanley 9, Subitch 5
FG: 17 of 59 —.288 FT: 0 of 0 —.000 Reb. 26 (D. Stanley 6)
Toledo (66) — Arceo-Hansen 8, Arroyo 10, R. Wallace 20, W. Wallace 4, D. Marcil 4, Farbo 3, Malunat 17
FG: 28 of 62 —.452 FT: 0 of 0 —.000 Reb. 45 (Arroyo 15)
TIMBERWOLVES 51, EAGLES 44
Life Christian 12 14 9 9 —44
Morton-WP 14 8 19 10 —51
Life Christian — Overgaard, Maluana 12, Cordeck 1, Robinson 24, Shamp 5, Beadle Woods 4
FG: 16 of 54 —.296 FT: 7 of 8 —.875 Reb: 27 (Shamp 7)
Morton-White Pass — Morris, Rashoff 3, Gillispie 14, Lewis 9, Poquette 21, Storey 4, Salguero
FG: 18 of 51 —.352 FT: 9 of 15 —.600 Reb: 43 (Poquette, Rashoff 10)