Centralia 62, Black Hills 57
(Tumwater, WA) TJ Mickelson knocked down 30 points for Black Hills but it wasn’t enough as the visiting Centralia Tigers put together a team effort with 4 players hitting double digits to secure the league opening win. The Tigers got off to a solid start in the 1st quarter behind their Offensive ace Hodges Bailey who hit for 6 points. Centralia also got great support from Cale Shute who scored 6 of the Tigers 8 points. Centralia led after the 1st quarter 16-11.
Centralia would then begin to pull away early in the 2nd highlighted by our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game from the Tigers’ Deter Voetberg who some how defended a break-away by Black Hills at one end of the court stripping the ball from Mickelson and then finishing it off with a lay-in at the other end. Layne Pertzborn for the Tigers came off the bench and was critical to the Tigers as he knocked down 10 1st half points.
The Wolves would battle back with Noah Brewer and Jewell Day scoring from the inside and Mickelson who had struggled at this point began to heat up and found his range hitting 3-long balls in the final 3 minutes and scoring 13 of is 30 in the 1st half and the Wolves pulled within 4 at the break trailing 31-27.
In the 3rd quarter they battled back and forth with defense leading the way as the 2 teams combined for just 26 points. It was all even with just a few seconds left but it was enough time for Mickelson to hit a jumper just inside the arc and it was a 2-point game with Centralia up 43-41.
The deciding 4th quarter again was pretty much a stalemate through the first 5 minutes but then Centralia began to edge away and finally built up a big enough lead of 6 to give them just enough cushion to pick up the win. Bailey, Pertzborn, Voetberg and Christian Peters all hit double digits for Centralia while it was Mickelson and Day leading the Wolves.
The Tigers are now 1-0 and 6-7 on the season while the Wolves dropped to 0-1 and 5-7 overall. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game were Layne Pertzborn for Centralia and TJ Mickelson for Black Hills.
Centralia: Bailey 20, Pertzborn 13, Voetberg 10, Peters 10, Shute 6, Wasson 3
Black Hills: Mickelson 30, Day 13, Underhill 7, Brewer 4, Crumley 3