Boys Hoops: Bearcats Overcome Slow Start to Beat Shelton

Posted

W.F. West came out of the gates slow on Monday, but quickly made up for it to beat Shelton, 55-43, in both teams’ Evergreen 2A Conference boys basketball opener in Chehalis.

The Bearcats trailed 16-10 after a quarter, but used an 18-6 run in the second quarter to pull ahead and never looked back.

Carter McCoy scored a game-high 18 points on 6 of 9 shooting, with 16 of those coming in the first half, to pace the Bearcats.

Dirk Plakinger added 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting for W.F. West, which shot 22 of 43 from the field.

Cade Haller added six points, Gabe Cuestas scored five, and all nine Bearcats to enter the game scored at least two points. 

Chuckie Thompson led Shelton with 11 points, 10 of which came in the first half.

W.F. West (1-0) hosts Mark Morris in a non-league game on Thursday.

Balanced Tigers Beat Rochester, 70-56, in Opener

Four Centralia players scored in double figures and the Tigers beat Rochester, 70-56, on Monday night in Evergreen 2A Conference boys basketball action in Rochester.

Benito Valencia led the Tigers with 20 points and seven rebounds. Chase Soboleksy-Reynolds added 16 points with six rebounds, Jayden Pannette scored 12 and Landon Kaut added 11.

“I thought the guys did a really awesome job from the tip. They had a really awesome energy tonight, and they just flew around and played a great game at times,” Tiger coach Kyle Donahue said. “We got a little heavy footed, a little long-winded at times, but they really kind of grinded it out all the way to the end.”

Kaut added six blocks and four assists in what Donahue called a good floor game, and guard Cameron Erickson was a calming presence.

“He just made an extra pass to get the ball inside,” Donahue said. “And Chase had a lot of energy for us. When he came into the game, it kind of brought a lot more energy for our team.”

Caleb Vanderhoof led Rochester with 17 points. Porter Mason scored 11 and Ben Klaus added 10.

“Our boys fought from start to finish; never giving up,” Rochester coach Derrick Pringle said. “We are (undermanned) in size but our quickness on defense will help us stay in the game. I’m very proud of how the team (played) with only eight players and no height. They showed we can compete against anyone.”

Centralia (1-0) hosts Tumwater on Wednesday. Rochester (0-1) plays at Shelton on Wednesday.

Arceo-Hansen Leads Toledo Past Mossyrock

Carlo Arceo-Hansen scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, helping Toledo build a lead and hang on for a 56-49 win over Mossyrock on Monday in non-league boys basketball action in Toledo.

The Indians led 45-34 heading into the fourth quarter, only to see Mossyrock rally back and keep things close late in the game. Gunner Mulligan scored eight of his team-high 21 in the fourth for the Vikings, while Keegan Kolb added 16.

“We couldn’t ever really pull away,” Toledo coach Grady Fallon said. “Mossyrock played hard. They’re improved. They hung right with us.”

Arceo-Hansen chipped in nine rebounds and three assists.

“He played solid,” Fallon said. “In the first half, he carried us. He’s so quick and he does such a good job getting penetration and then he dishes.”

Fredy Fernandez scored 15 with six rebounds.

Carson Olmstead added six points and 10 boards for Toledo, which turned the ball over just six times in the win.

Toledo (2-1) hosts Onalaska on Tuesday. Mossyrock (2-2) hosts Washington State School for the Deaf on Tuesday.

Comments

No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment