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Thursday’s Boys Basketball: Thomas, Bearcats Blow Past Steilacoom

Jordan Thomas drives to the hoop against Steilacoom on Thursday night during a nonleague game at W.F. West.

FOUL AFFAIR: W.F. West Goes 31 of 43 at Foul Stripe in Nonleague Win

By Aaron VanTuyl


The middle quarters got a bit sloppy, but W.F. West didn’t seem to mind.

The Bearcats poured in 27 points in the second quarter to pull away from Steilacoom in a 72-54 win Thursday night in Chehalis, hitting 31 of their 43 free-throw attempts and getting a double-double from Jordan Thomas to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Thomas, in his second game with Chehalis, had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half, finishing with 14 points, 10 boards and three blocked shots from the point guard position.

“He’s fitting in really well. We’re having a great time,” Bearcat coach Chris White said of Thomas, who moved in from Centralia. “He’s real fun to be around, and a great teammate.”

The teams were both in the bonus by the end of the first quarter, and W.F. West went 7 of 8 at the foul stripe in a 52-second span in the second frame to pull ahead 28-14. Nole Wollan tipped in a missed fastbreak layup just before the halftime buzzer to put the Bearcats up 40-22 at the break.

Steilacoom shot just 16 of 54 (29 percent) from the field and couldn’t keep up.

“We’re really trying to hang our hat on defense, and create some chaos that’ll create some easier baskets than we used to have,” White said. “That’s really what happened for us tonight. That’s what we hope to bank on this season — just energy, enthusiasm, runouts and easier stuff.”

Bailey Cooper added 14 points and seven rebounds for W.F. West, while Tyler Speck came off the bench to score 12 points.

“We had a lot of foul trouble with some big pieces in the first half, and the bench responded, big-time,” White said. “There was no letdown. It almost seemed to improve with the bench in in that early part of the game.”

Nine different players scored for W.F. West, with 26 points coming from the bench.

The game featured 77 foul shots, with the Sentinels going 18 of 34 (53 percent) from the line.

Torrey Cady led Steilacoom (0-1) with 12 points.

W.F. West (2-0) hosts 3A Kelso on Tuesday in another nonleague game.

Tigers Run Away After First Quarter to Beat Eatonville

EATONVILLE — The Cruisers kept up for a quarter, but Centralia held Eatonville to 3 points in the second quarter in a 71-41 nonleague boys hoops win here Thursday night.

Tyler Ashmore and Ben Janssan each scored 18 points for the Tigers, who got their first win of the season.

Centralia, though, was up just 19-18 after a quarter.

“They kind of caught us off guard a little bit with how well they shot,” Centralia coach Kyle Donahue said, “But then in the second quarter we really picked it up. The defense really stepped it up and got after guys.”

Eatonville’s 3 second-quarter points all came from the foul line, and Centralia scored 20 in the third frame to turn the game into a rout.

Ashmore added eight rebounds, Jackson Grimm scored 12 with 11 boards, and Malakai Emmons came off the bench to score 9 points with five assists. The Tigers had 20 assists on 27 field goals and outrebounded Eatonville 36-20.

“We really distributed the ball well tonight,” Donahue said. “We just found guys in open lanes.”

Centralia (1-1) hosts Ridgefield on Tuesday in another nonleague game.

Adna Cruises Past Seton Catholic

VANCOUVER — Adna shot lights out the entire game, helping the Pirates earn a 81-54 win against Seton Catholic in a nonleague boys basketball game here on Thursday.

Cody Young led the team with 27 points and him and Blake Davis each drained five 3’s. Lyle Metzenberg added 16 points and 8 rebounds, and Trevor Thornberg chipped in 12 points, scoring all of his points from behind the arc.

“Both teams shot lights out in the first half. It was definitely a shootout,” Adna coach Luke Salme said. “In the third quarter, we just defended better. We didn’t do anything different, just played better defense and shot the lights out.”

Seton Catholic led 21-19 after the first quarter, but the Pirates scored 27 points in the second quarter and led 46-40 at halftime. Adna locked down on defense in the second half, outscoring Seton Catholic 35-14 to cruise to the win.

Adna (2-0) hosts Napavine on Tuesday in the Pirates’ Central 2B League opener.

At Chehalis


Steilacoom 10  12  14  18 —54

W.F. West  13  27  16  16 —72

Steilacoom (54) — Vasquez 5, Page 6, Shird 6, Martin-Banks 2, Egbuka 4, Cady 12, Williams 5, Willingham 5, Latham 2, Lemming 5

FG: 16 of 54 —.296 FT: 18 of 34 —.529 Reb. 40 (Hines 6)

W.F. West (72) — Yarter 5, Dobyns 5, Wollan 6, Baker 3, Thomas 14, Speck 12, B. White 8, C. White 5, Cooper 14

FG: 20 of 49 —.408 FT: 31 of 43 —.721 Reb. 38 (Thomas 10)
At Eatonville


Centralia  19 18 20 14 —71

Eatonville 18  3  7   13 —41

Centralia (71) — Wasson 5, Brown, Emmons 9, Sharp 1, Janssan 18, Baird 8, Ashmore 18, Grimm 12

FG: 27 of 58 —.466 FT: 12 of 20 —.600 Reb. 36 (Grimm 11)

Eatonville (41) — Yagi, DeRosier 10, Humphrey 5, Brymer 1, Knoblauch 2, Bailey 12, Visperas 6, Smith 2, Manley 3

FG: 11 of 55 —.200 FT: 16 of 28 —.750 Reb. 20
At Vancouver


Adna 19 27 24 11 — 81

Seton 21 19 5 9 — 54

Adna (81) — Davis 15, Young 27, Metzenberg 16, Apperson 6, Weed 2, Fay 3, Thornberg 12

FG: 33 of 55 — .600 FT: 1 of 2 — .500 Reb: 25 (Metzenberg 8)

Seton Catholic (54) — Demsky 11, Parker 13, Kent 7, Pitzer 7, Miller 5, Williams 6, Cowger 5

FG: N/A FT: N/A Reb: N/A

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