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Friday’s 2A Boys Basketball: Tigers See Improvement in Loss

By The Chronicle

The Wolves had four players in double-digit scoring and no trouble holding off the Tigers in a 77-43 victory here Friday in 2A Evergreen Conference play.

Centralia has now lost five of its last six with two regular season matches left to go. Derek Beairsto had a game-high 13 points and six rebounds for the Tigers. Matt House added 11 and Jason Baum nine.

Black Hills shot 47 percent from the field, while Centralia shot 40 percent from the floor.

Centralia coach Kyle Donahue heaped praise on Beairsto, a returning starter.

“Tonight [Beairsto] played with a different passion,” Donahue said. “He got after it tonight. Solid group effort all around for us.”

Despite the loss, Donahue saw plenty to have him excited for the final two games of the regular season.

“It was the best three quarters we’ve played all year,” Donahue said. “The team showed purpose and passion that I knew they had all along.”

The Tigers battled the first three quarters, trailing just 53-39 entering the final frame. But Black Hills got hot in the fourth, sinking 3s and keeping the Tigers at bay.

“We played a really solid game,” Donahue said. “Proud of our kids tonight.”

Next up for Centralia (3-14, 2-5) is at Aberdeen on Tuesday.

McCoy Leads Bearcats Past Bobcats

ABERDEEN — Carter McCoy scored 17 points and W.F. West withstood a second-half rally to beat Aberdeen, 54-48, here Friday night in Evergreen 2A Conference boys basketball action.

The Bearcats led 32-19 by halftime, but Aberdeen heated up late and got 10 fourth-quarter points from Giovanni Pisani to make things interesting.

“We had great senior leadership and composure by our guys to pull out a win in a tough environment to play,” Bearcat coach Chris White said.

Cade Haller and Tyler Speck each added 10 points for W.F. West, while Kayden Kelly chipped in nine points.

Pisani led Aberdeen with 20 points. Wyatt Johnson added 14.

W.F. West (13-5, 6-2 league) plays at Tumwater on Tuesday.

Inexperience Shows for Rochester

ROCHESTER — Tumwater busted out to a 27-0 run in the first quarter and kept flying in an 81-14 blowout victory here Friday in 2A Evergreen Conference action.

The Warriors (0-18, 0-8) lost their 18th consecutive game and remain winless on the season. It didn’t help they were facing the conference’s second-place team in the Thunderbirds, who scored, who held the Warriors to single-digit scoring in every quarter.

Rochester coach Derrick Pringle said his team hung in their and ran with Tumwater for the first couple of minutes. But 14 turnovers in the first quarter alone, which led to 27 total during the game, spelled defeat for the Warriors.

“Tumwater extended its 1-3-1 zone and we couldn’t adjust to it,” Pringle said.

Pringle is in his first season as head coach for Rochester, a team that returned just two seniors, both of whom saw limited varsity time. One bright spot tonight was freshman Jyson O’Connor, in his first varsity game after being called up from JV for his exceptional defense, Pringle said.

“We’re so young,” Pringle said. “We’re taking our lumps. We’re finding what our identity is and we’re in the rebuilding process. We’re trying to build a culture.”

Rochester next hosts Black Hills on Tuesday.

At Aberdeen


W.F. West 17 15 14 8 —54

Aberdeen 10 9 17 12 —48

W.F. West (54) — Kelly 9, McCoy 17, Haller 10, Taylor 3, Speck 10, Plakinger 3, Bostwick 2

FG: 18 of 57 —.316 FT: 10 of 19 —.526 Reb. N/A

Aberdeen (48) — Troch 3, Pisani 20, Seibert 2, Morrill 2, Farrer 7, Johnson 14

FG: 21 of 49 —.429 FT: 0 of 0 —.000 Reb. N/A


At Rochester


Tumwater 27 24 22 16 —81

Rochester 0 6 3 5 —14

Tumwater (81) — N/A

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

Rochester (XX) — Robbins 4, Yakovich 3, O’Connor 3

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


At Centralia


Black Hills —77

Centralia —43

Black Hills (77) — Ellison 11, Armin 10, Bovenkamp 10, Crumley 10, Hurley 9, Elias 9, Ainsworth 7, Shale 6

FG: 25 of 53 —.472 FT: 16 of 29 —.552 Reb. 24

Centralia (43) — Bairstow 13, House 11, Buam 9, Erickson 4, Hoyt 2, Wood 2, Kaut 2

FG: 18 of 45 —.400 FT: 4 of 10 —.400 Reb. 23 (Bairstow 6)

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