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Thursday’s 2A Boys Basketball: Pertzborn’s Career Night Not Enough for Centralia

Centralia’s Nick Edwards shoots a layup while contested by Black Hills’ Garrett Glenn during an Evergreen 2A Conference basketball game on Thursday in Centralia.

By The Chronicle
Layne Pertzborn scored a career-high 27 points, but Centralia wasn’t able to get past Black Hills on Thursday night in a 57-50 Evergreen 2A Conference boys hoops loss.
Joseph Crumley and Noah Brewer each scored 20 points to pace Black Hills. The Tigers, meanwhile, were without leading scorer Hodges Bailey, who missed the game with a sprained wrist.
“We played very hard again tonight. They worked really hard defensively, but we didn’t play very smart,” Centralia coach Kyle Donahue said. “We just kind of kicked the ball around at times. They had a little press on us that we didn’t handle very well. We didn’t hit the open guy and just made soft passes. We just didn’t play very smart tonight.”
Centralia committed 19 turnovers in the loss. Pertzborn, though, was a bright spot.
“Layne just shot very well, and finished around the hoop very well,” Donahue said of the senior forward, who went 13 of 17 from the field. “They went zone on us a little bit in the second half and he just did a great job of catching the ball in the high post and finishing.”
Black Hills led 23-21 at halftime and stretched that into a 7-point advantage going into the fourth quarter.
Nick Edwards added 9 points for Centralia with five rebounds.
Centralia (10-7, 4-3 league) plays a nonleague makeup game at Washougal on Saturday, and plays at Aberdeen on Wednesday.

Tumwater Evades Warriors Charge

TUMWATER — Rochester came out hot from the field Thursday night en route to a shocking halftime lead but a cold as ice third quarter scuttled their hopes of an upset league win as the Warriors wound up falling by a score of 58-47 to Tumwater in Evergreen 2A Conference boys basketball.

“We played a pretty solid game tonight. We came out with a one point lead and then we came out and just couldn’t throw it in the ocean for a while,” said Rochester coach Mark Goldrick.

Those Warrior shooting woes allowed Tumwater to claim a 17-8 advantage in the third quarter and set the tone for a harried, and doomed, comeback attempt from Rochester.

“We’d make a little run and it seemed like they’d hit a basket,” said Goldrick. “We were right there, we just couldn’t quite break through. There in the second half we were just playing from behind too much.”

Brian Marty scored a game-high 18 points for Tumwater and Cade Otton added 10 points for the T-Birds.

Early on, though, it looked like Rochester was going to be able to steal their first league victory from the clutches of the league perfect T-Birds.

“It did seem like for once we finally hit some shots,” said Goldrick, who was pleased that his team refused to settle for too many outside shots. “I think we made five 3-point baskets in the first half and nine overall, so we had some perimeter shooting tonight and it kind of opened up the interior for us and we were able to drive a little bit.”

The Warriors were led in scoring and rebounding by Stephen Robinson who notched 17 points and seven rebounds. Noah Escott and Keegan Goldrick added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Rochester.

“Obviously Stephen Robinson with the 17 points, he came out to night and shot it well for us and gave us a spark,” said Goldrick.

The Warriors’ coach tossed in a little extra praise for Robinson and Jacob Valley for their efforts on the block and on the glass.

“I think defensively as a whole we really fought and battled and banged around. They have some big strong kids down low so we were really outsized a little bit,” said Goldrick.

Rochester (3-14, 0-7 league) will host Black Hill on Tuesday.

Bearcats Drop Aberdeen

ABERDEEN — W.F. West avenged a loss from earlier in the season, hitting the road Thursday night to beat Aberdeen 61-48 here in Evergreen 2A Conference boys basketball action.

The win kept the Bearcats’ playoff situation a bit more manageable, giving them a 3-4 league mark — a game ahead of Aberdeen for the fourth and final District 4 tournament berth — with three EvCo games left to play.

“We were kind of reluctant to really talk about the gravity of it with the kids, but I’m sure they can do the math and figure it out,” W.F. West coach Chris White said. “We kind of feel like we’re heading the right way now, so we’re pretty excited.”

W.F. West led 28-15 at halftime.

“It was exciting,” White said. “We had a good first half, and played really hard on defense and scrapping for the ball.”

The Bearcats also worked the ball inside to Bailey Cooper, who scored a game-high 21 points and added eight rebounds and four steals.

“He just really worked his tail off in the post, and that was neat to see,” White said. “We just got the ball inside a lot more, and shot a lot less 3s. That’s where we want to go. It’s nice to see us playing the inside-out way.”

Brandon White scored 17 points and hauled in 13 boards, while Dakota Hawkins added 9 points for W.F. West. Camden Bull scored 5 points with seven rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end.

The Bearcats (9-8 overall) host league-leading Tumwater on Wednesday.

At Centralia
Black Hills   11 12  19  15 —57
Centralia      13  8  14  15 —50
Black Hills (57) — Loveless 2, Crumley 20, Kindell 4, Glenn 10, Brewer 20, Walker 1
FG: 19 of 44 —.432 FT: 15 of 22 —.682 Reb. 16
Centralia (50) — Wasson, Trevino 4, Singh, Pertzborn 27, Thomas 4, Ashmore 5, Shute 1, Edwards 9
FG: 21 of 42 —.500 FT: 7 of 15 —.467 Reb. 17 (Shute, Edwards 5)

At Tumwater
T-Birds 58, WARRIORS 47
Tumwater   17    6   17   18 —58
Rochester   14  10     8   15 —47
Tumwater (58) — Marty 18, Otton 10, Drayton 9, Geathers 8, May 5, Koukal 3, Weller 3, Brown 2
FG: N/A FT: 11 of 15 —.733 Reb: N/A
Rochester (47) — Robinson 17, Escott 11, Goldrick 10, Valley 7, Lollar 2
FG: 16 of 51 —.313 FT: 6 of 7 —.857 Reb: 19 (Robinson 7)

At Aberdeen


W.F. West 11 17 1 5  18 —61

Aberdeen   9   6  20  13 —48

W.F. West (61) — Yarter 3, Dobyns 2, Bull 5, Hawkins 9, Speck 2, B. White 17, C. White 2, Cooper 21

FG: 24 of 52 —.462 FT: 9 of 15 —.600 Reb. 43 (B. White 13, Cooper 8)

Aberdeen (48) — Roiko 16, Dublanko 4, Collett 6, Gomez 10, Castleberry-Taylor 12

FG: 18 of 56 —.321 FT: 4 of 10 —.400 Reb. 28 (Gomez 7)

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