Friday’s 2B Basketball: T-Wolves Knock Off Napavine in 2OT
T-Wolves Knocks Off Napavine in 2OT
Trial by Fire: Salguero Nets a Double-Double in First Start for MWP
By Jordan Nailon / email@example.com
NAPAVINE — There’s nearly four weeks remaining until the playoffs begin in earnest but neither Morton-White Pass nor Napavine showed any interest in waiting any longer before they uncorked some intensity here on Friday night.
In a raucous gymnasium that began as half full and ended with everyone on their feet the Timberwolves were able to eke out a 62-61 victory over the hosts in a double-overtime rendition of some hard scrabble Central 2B League boys basketball.
“Both of us were battling foul trouble all night and I think they’re a little deeper than we are,” said Napavine coach Rex Stanley. “We’ve got a young team and you get into late game situations and try to protect a lead and those are things that you can only get better at by going through it. To try to simulate what we went through tonight you can only do by going through the fire.”
Josh Salguero, a 6’4” freshman post from MWP, earned his first start of the season just in time to square off with Keith Olson, Napavine’s 6’5” behemoth on the baseline. All the freshman from East Lewis County did with the opportunity was go off for a double-double with team-highs in points (15) and rebounds (10).
“It was my first game starting this year so it was pretty exciting and it was a real fun game playing against Keith,” said Salguero as friends, family, and fans dappled in green and orange chanted his name postgame. “It’s my first time playing against a real big post that’s bigger than me. It was hard holding Keith down.”
It may have been tough, but Salguero took the assignment in stride as he held Olson, who is averaging a healthy double-double on the season, to just eight points and a dozen rebounds. Fellow titan of the Tigers front court, Cade Evander, was also held in check by the T-Wolves defense as he settled for 10 points and 11 rebounds on the night.
“We’ve been bringing him along slowly and he’s really proven the last few games that he’s ready. Josh (Salguero) is immensely talented and he’s big bodied and that does help against Keith,” said MWP coach Chad Cramer of his diaper dandy. “We held them to 61 points in a double overtime game so defensively we were doing okay. Our game plan was to make somebody else besides Keith beat us and they almost did.”
The T-Wolves came out of the first quarter with a two point lead but wound up trailing by two points before heading to halftime to talk things over. Napavine also did some talking around the whiteboard, though, and used their newfound strategy to rattle off an 18-8 advantage in the third quarter to grab what felt like a safe, if not insurmountable, lead with only eight minutes remaining in regulation.
With the T-Wolves focused on limiting open looks for Napavine’s formidable front court somebody else was forced to take their shot on offense and that person was Caleb Perz-Stewart. The 6’2” wing posted a game-high 20 points on 9 of 19 shooting. Perz-Stewart was particularly effective in the third quarter when Napavine tried their best to run away with the game for good.
“With our size of Keith and Cade that’s problem number one for everyone to deal with and they were kind of picking their poison and decided to make Caleb hit some shots and he came through in a big way,” said Stanley.
Cramer put Perz-Stewart’s night into different context.
“He got every open look he could ask for tonight and he shot the crap out the ball,” said the T-Wolves coach.
Trailing by eight points as they started the fourth quarter MWP elected to engage in a full court press in order to get Napavine out of their comfort zone and the plan worked perfectly. In less than four minutes they’d cut their deficit in half and then a wet baseline jumper from Salguero with 1:30 remaining in regulation gave the T-Wolves a 44-43 lead. It was their first advantage since early in the second quarter.
After Evander sank a pair of free throws on the Tigers ensuing possession to give the home team a one point lead with 46 seconds remaining the T-Wolves managed to get a representative to the line and watched with bated breath as Kysen Collette knocked down one of his freebies to tie the game up at 45-45 and send the game to overtime.
Keith Olson had to sink a pair of free throws with ten seconds remaining in the first overtime period in order to force a second round of extra basketball. In that final overtime period several players tried to play hero. First Gary Dotson dropped in a putback off a rebound and then Layten Collette got loose for a fastbreak bucket to give MWP a four point lead. Then, with twenty seconds left in the game Cael Stanley sank a cold blooded 3-pointer to knot the game up at 58-58.
Morton-White Pass was able to steal a quick bucket and then a pair of free throws by Hayden Young gave the T-Wolves a four point lead that wound up neutralizing a last-second 3-pointer from Stanley that ripped the net as time expired and Tigers looking at a one-point loss.
Young added 13 points to the MWP tally while Layten Collette chipped in 11 points and five steals.
After the game Rex Stanley called the game an authentic roundball battle that’s indicative of the cutthroat nature of the C2BL this year.
“I think it’s the whole league, honestly. I think top to bottom it’s as competitive as I’ve seen and I’ve been in this league for a long time,” said Stanley. “As much as that loss hurts for us, and it’s a tough one, all you can do is learn from it and get better before the playoffs.”
As for Cramer, he was disappointed that his team knocked down just 14 of 32 free throw attempts and lamented that a better effort would have allowed everyone to make it home a bit earlier. He then added a caveat that sounded as though he were speaking in bolded font.
“I never feel bad about a win. Ever. Wins in this league are incredibly difficult to get, especially on the road, so I’ll take them however I can get them,” said Cramer. “There are no style points in sports. It is a bottom line business.”
Morton-White Pass (7-8, 3-2 league) will host Toutle Lake on Wednesday.
Napavine (9-4, 1-3 league) will play at Mossyrock on Wednesday.
Cardinals Outlast Mules in overtime
WINLOCK — The Cardinals rebounded from a blown double-digit fourth quarter lead to fend off Wahkiakum, 68-55, in overtime here Friday night in a Central 2B League matchup.
Four Cardinals registered double-digit scoring with senior Bryce Cline leading the way with a team-high 16 points, senior Noah Patching contributing 15, sophomore Nolan Swofford 14 and senior Coleson Richendollar 12.
“I’m really happy we survived overtime,” Winlock coach Nick Bamer said.
Winlock raced out to a 48-37 lead after three frames, only to see the Mules break off 21 fourth-quarter points behind a bombardment of free throws. But the Cardinals hit free throws when it mattered, sinking 3 of 4 in the final 30 seconds to pull out the win.
“We played well enough,” Bamer said. “We made free throws when we needed to and withstood their barrage of free throws.”
Winlock (9-2, 0-2) faces Naselle at Lower Columbia College Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Loggers Run Into Buzzsaw in Toutle
TOUTLE — Onalaska couldn’t break a red-hot Toutle Lake’s six-game win streak, falling 63-45 to the Ducks Friday on the road in a Central 2B League matchup.
The Loggers lost for the second time in three games and were led offensively by 14 points each from senior Carter Whitehead and junior Kayden Allison.
Onlaska trailed 33-18 at the half and couldn’t muster a comeback against one of the Central 2B’s two undefeated teams in league. The Loggers were outrebounded 31-20 in the loss.
“We didn’t play very well tonight,” Onalaska coach Wayne Nelson said. “We tried to get pressure in man-to-man and they beat us off the dribble and penetrated. We’ll work hard and get better.”
Broc Keeton scored a game-high 22 points for the ducks.
Onalaska (9-3, 3-2) travels to Morton White-Pass Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Indians Run Away from Vikings in Second Half
TOLEDO — Carlo Arceo-Hansen scored 20 points and nine assists, leading Toledo to a 62-48 win over Mossyrock here Friday in a Central 2B League boys basketball game.
Toledo’s Duke Schaplow and Jaxon Cook both scored 12 points each. Miguel Soto scored six on the night, Jake Cournyer added four and Ryan Bloomstrom scored three points.
“In the beginning we played very sluggish and things didn’t go our way,” Toledo coach Grady Fallon said. “In the second half our guys started to step up. Schaplow scored 10 of 12 in the third quarter and Arceo-Hansen scored 14 of 20 in the fourth.”
Mossyrock’s Dyllan Padrick scored 13 points and Aiden Weist and Keegan Kolb each scored 12 on the night. Ryan Bellino scored four points and Tryn Thompson added three.
Toledo (6-9, 2-3) plays next at Adna on Friday, while Mossyrock (2-11, 0-5) travels to Onalaska on Saturday.
Pirates Win Shootout With Montesano, 87-80
ADNA — The teams combined for 30 three-pointers and were above the 50% mark from the field, but Adna held on late for an 87-80 win over Montesano here Friday in nonleague boys basketball action.
Braden Thomas scored 28 points to pace the Pirates, who hit 16 threes and led 47-40 by halftime.
“It was an awesome high school basketball game,” Adna coach Luke Salme said. “You don’t see that many points put on the board, and actually both teams competed like crazy defensively — but it just became an uptempo game early, and both teams shot the lights out.”
Trace Ridgway led Montesano with 28 points, while Wesley Bjornsgard scored 23 and Carter Olsen added 19.
“It was kind of back-and-forth,” Salme said. “I’m really proud of our guys. That’s a very good 1A team.”
Chase Collins added 22 points for Adna, with Tyler Werner chipping in 15.
Adna (7-7, 2-2 league) plays at Wahkiakum on Wednesday
T-WOLVES 62, TIGERS 61 (2 OT)
Morton-WP 13 8 10 14 6 11 —62
Napavine 11 12 16 6 6 10 —61
Morton-White Pass (62) — Kelly 7, L. Collette 11, Young 13, Holmes 3, K. Collette 1, Dotson 6, Smith 5, Higdon 1, Salguero 15
FG: 23 of 70 —.329 FT: 14 of 32 —.438 Reb: 53 (Salguero 10)
Napavine (61) — Demarest 5, Stanley 9, Parker 4, Grose 2, Sabin 3, Perz-Stewart 20, Evander 10, Olson 8
FG: 21 of 57 —.368 FT: 13 of 24 —.542 Reb: 45 (Olson 12, Evander 11)
CARDINALS 68, MULES 65
Wahkiakum 16 13 8 21 7 —65
Winlock 20 12 16 10 10 —68
Wahkiakum (65) — Leitz 17, Calrson 16, LaBerge 11, Avalon 9, Beery 9, Neimeyer 2
FG: 20 of 43 —.465 FT: 17 of 21 —.809
Winlock (68) — Cline 16, Patching 15, Swofford 14, Richendollar, 12, Tiemens 6
FG: 25 of 60 —.416 FT: 5 of 11 —.454 Reb. Richendollar 10
DUCKS 63, LOGGERS 45
Onalaska 7 11 10 17 —45
Toutle Lake 12 21 17 13 —63
Onalaska (45) — Whitehead 14, Allison 14, Dalsted 8, Haight, 7, Marshall 2
Toutle Lake (63) — Keeton 22, Swanson 16, Cox 13
INDIANS 62, VIKINGS 48
Mossyrock 10 6 21 11 —48
Toledo 11 9 17 25 —62
Mossyrock (48) — Mulligan 2, Weist 12, Kolb 12, Bellino 4, Nelson 2, Thompson 3, Padrick 13
FG: 19 of 48 —.396 FT: 5 of 17 —.294 Reb. 29
Toledo (62) — Fernandez 2, Bloomstrom 3, Arceo-Hansen 20, Marley 1, Soto 6, Cournyer 4, Gould 2, Schaplow 12, Cook 12
FG: 22 of 61 —.361 FT: 11 of 19 —.579 Reb. 34 (Soto 5 Reb.)
PIRATES 87, BULLDOGS 80
Montesano 19 21 22 18 —80
Adna 24 23 19 21 —87
Montesano (80) — Dohrmann 4, Tyler 6, Ridgway 28, Bjornsgard 23, Olsen 19, Daniels 8, Mesquita 2
FG: 29 of 58 —.500 FT: 10 of 13 —.769 Reb. 22
Adna (87) — Fay 8, Blankenship 8, Thomas 28, Werner 15, Collins 22, Minkoff 6
FG: 28 of 53 —.528 FT: 15 of 22 —.682 Reb. 23