Northwest Christian vs Toutle Lake / Napavine vs Onalaska
District 4 2B Boys Basketball Tournament
February 13, 2014 – Rochester High School
Toutle Lake 47 Northwest Christian 40
Our first game of the doubleheader featured two teams that had not met this season. Northwest Christian out of the Pacific in the #5 slot, while Toutle Lake filled the Central #4 slot in the district bracket. The Navigators finished the season 11-8 overall, with a 5-6 league record, while Toutle Lake a similar 10-7 overall record with a slightly more successful league run at 8-5. And much like the records, the game was a fairly close affair.
Northwest Christian came out confident and looking like they were on a mission. The Navigators were led early on by Austin Koukal, who was not afraid to pull the trigger from anywhere on the floor, hitting from both inside and outside the 3 point line. Meanwhile on the other side of the court, Toutle Lake struggled early. The Ducks repeatedly attempted to get the 3 point shots to fall, but beyond an early 3 by Seth Ehrhorn, the baskets weren’t falling. Toutle Lake definitely was not afraid to shoot the 3, as Ehrhorn and Radley Risner were quick to pull the trigger, even beyond what would be considered an NBA style 3 point shot. But they just weren’t falling for the Ducks early on. Northwest Christian held onto an 8-7 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.
Toutle Lake then changed things up a bit in the 2nd quarter, realizing that depending on the 3 point shot may not be the best strategy. Travis Butler became a presence. The 6’3″ senior used his height and his size to maneuver his way inside the key, and added 6 points in the quarter from the field, and earning himself some shots from the free throw line. Butler led the Ducks in 1st half scoring with those six points, with Seth Ehrhorn and Curtus Mershon adding 5 points each in the half. The Navigators, led by Austin Koukal’s 7 points, trailed by two at the half, 21-19.
Finally the outside perimeter shots began to fall for Toutle Lake in the 2nd half of play. Ehrhorn hit his 2nd 3 pointer of the night, and then Risner lit things up, sinking 2 from beyond the arc, Radley being the only Toutle Lake player to score into the double digits in the 2nd half of play with 10. Northwest Christian continued to hang with the Ducks, trailing at the end of the 3rd quarter 35-30, but ultimately it could be said that it was the free throw line that doomed the Navigators. After having shot zero free throws in the first half, the Navigators only earned themselves 5 second half free throws, going 3-5 from the line. Meanwhile, the aggressive play of the Ducks sent them to the line 23 times in the game, Toutle Lake sinking 15 of those 23 shots. Toutle Lake maintained a comfortable lead throughout the 4th quarter, and the Ducks won it 47-40.
Toutle Lake advances into the winners side of the double elimination tournament and will take on Willapa Valley on Saturday. Meanwhile Northwest Christian drops into the consolation side of the bracket and will be in a loser out game on Monday in Rochester.
Northwest Christian: Austin Koukal 12pts (2-3FT), Aaron Fox 7pts, Kenton Boogerd 7pts, Andrew Kier 6pts, Isaiah Koukal 5pts (1-2FT), Mason Stottlemyer 3pts Team FT: 3-5
Toutle Lake: Radley Risner 13pts (4-6FT), Seth Ehrhorn 12pts (2-4FT), Travis Butler 11pts (5-6FT), Curtus Mershon 5pts (2-2FT), Jared Corbet 4pts (0-1FT), Scott Miller 2pts (2-2FT) Team FT: 15-23
Onalaska 51 Napavine 40
This one clearly looked like a mismatch heading into tonights district battle. The Onalaska Loggers finishing the season with a 14-4 overall record, and 10-4 in league play, while Napavine finished 4-14 overall and 3-11 in league play. Add to these records the fact that the Loggers had defeated the Tigers twice in league play, once by 19 points and once by 16 points, it looked like a potential long night for Napavine.
From the start, you could tell it was going to be one of those typical Onalaska games. Run the ball, pass the ball, don’t settle for the first shot, settle for the best shot. The Loggers got started quickly, spreading the ball around and forcing the Tigers to chase after them. Travis McMillion got going early on, as he ended up leading the Loggers in 1st half scoring with 7 points. However, McMillion got himself in foul trouble, picking up 3 fouls in fairly quick succession and had to be removed from the game in the middle of the 2nd quarter. Meanwhile the Tigers were slow to get going, trailing the Loggers 10-5 at the end of the first quarter. In the 2nd quarter, Napavine was carried, literally, by the efforts of JT Kaut. The 6″2′ Senior was quick to launch shots from wherever he was on the court, and they were falling for him. Kaut ending up with 10 first half points for the Tigers. And Napavine felt like they had a chance as they headed into the halftime locker room trailing the Loggers 18-14.
In the 2nd half, two more players stepped up to have amazing performances. For Napavine, Wyatt Stanley, who had been held to zero points in the first half, suddenly did his thing. The 5″11′ Freshman who averaged 7.5 points per game this year took control for the Tigers, hitting 4 field goals, two of those being from beyond the 3 point line. He also worked his way to the free throw line for 7 points, earning himself 17 second half points to lead the Tigers.
And while 17 points is impressive, it was dwarfed by the performance of Onalaska’s Jonathan Smalley. The speedy 5″11′ senior who averaged 14.7 points per game this year met his average plus a bit more. After being held to a single free throw in the first half, Smalley went off, hitting 7 second half field goals, 4 of those being from the 3 point line. Smalley also did his damage from the free throw line as well, shooting 6-8 from the stripe. Jonathan earning himself 24 points at the end of the night, 23 of those being in the 2nd half alone. Onalaska extended their lead after the 3rd quarter to 36-22, and held onto that advantage throughout the 4th as well, the Loggers coming away with the comfortable 51-40 victory over the Tigers.
Onalaska moves forward to take on North Beach on Saturday, while Napavine falls into the consolation side of the bracket and will be in a loser out contest on Monday at Rochester HS at 6:30PM
Napavine: Wyatt Stanley 17pts (7-9FT), JT Kaut 15pts, Austin Filley 3pts, Cole Doughty 2pts, Josh Hoyt 2pts, Chase Van Wyck 1pt (1-2FT) Team FT 8-11
Onalaska: Jonathan Smalley 24pts (6-8FT), Travis McMillion 10pts (1-2FT), Jacob Modica 6pts (2-2FT), Gabe Hall 6pts (2-2FT), Evan Wrzesinski 4pts (0-1FT), Trenton Neilson 1pt (1-2FT), Trevor Lawrence 0pts (0-2FT) Team FT: 12-20