Saturday’s P2BL Boys Basketball: Trojans Keep Playoff Hopes Alive With Win Over South Bend
Double Trouble: Jurek and Smith Both Post Double-Doubles in 54-43 Win
By The Chronicle
PE ELL — It wasn’t the prettiest game ever played but the Trojans aren’t complaining about the finished product.
On Saturday Pe Ell played host to South Bend for a Pacific 2B League boys basketball contest and came away with a 54-43 victory. The win put the Trojans in a tie with North Beach for the eighth and final spot to the playoffs from the P2BL with those two teams set to face each other on Tuesday to determine who will head to the district tournament and who will stay home.
Although South Bend entered Saturday’s game without a league victory to their name the outcome against the Trojans was very much in doubt early on. Neither team shot particularly with Pe Ell setting the low bar with a 26 percent shooting clip on 60 field goal attempts.
“The shooting numbers tell it all. We had a hard time finishing but we kept at it,” Pe Ell coach Clayburn Lusk said.
South Bend was able to piece together a one point lead after the first quarter before Pe Ell found their bearings and reclaimed a 24-21 advantage before the half. The Trojans resurgence was powered in large part by a robust rebounding effort as they pulled down 51 boards as a team. Kollin Jurek led Pe Ell with 18 points and 18 rebounds, including a dozen offensive boards.
“We did a heckuva job offensive rebounding we just couldn’t finish some times,” noted Lusk. “(Jurek) played really well and so did Max Smith. He had 16 rebounds, 10 points, five assits and four steals.”
Pe Ell was able to win the third quarter 20-13 in order to gain some breathing room down the stretch. Joey McCalden added 16 points to the Trojans game tally.
“We did a little extended pressure sometimes,” said Lusk. “We just hit the glass really hard.”
Mayson Estle scored a game-high 23 points for South Bend but no other Indians were able to post double digits in thes coring column.
“They play hard. They’re kind of like us in some aspects, we just have a little better basketball guys right now,” Lusk said.
With the win the Trojans now shift their attention to North Beach as they look to lock down a playoff spot. Earlier this year the Hyaks defeated Pe Ell 62-43 but Lusk is hopeful that a change of scenery will help his team get over the hump.
“They’ve got a 6’8” kid and they’ve got guys who can shoot if left open,” Lusk said of the Hyaks. “It’s nice to be home. We kind of act sometimes that it doesn’t matter where we play, home or away, but hopefully, the fans bring it and so do we.”
Pe Ell (5-13, 4-12 league) will host North Beach on Tuesday.
At Pe Ell
TROJANS 54, INDIANS 43
South Bend 12 9 13 9 —43
Pe Ell 11 13 20 10 —54
South Bend (43) — Johnson 5, Estle 23, Ashley 7, Anderson 8
FG: 17 of 42 —.404 FT: 7 of 10 —.700 Reb: N/A
Pe Ell (54) — Smith 10, Lee 2, Jurek 18, McCalden 16, Bush 2, Yost 4, Marrs 2
FG: 16 of 60 —.266 FT: 18 of 28 —.642 Reb: 51 (Jurek 18, Smith 16)