ESN Reports Boys Hoops: Chieftains outlast T-Birds in non-league tune-up

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1/26/16

Columbia River 59, Tumwater 51

(Tumwater, WA) Both teams came into this non-league match-up looking for a good performance to send each of them into their final 3 league games. The Chieftains patient offense and tight defense held Tumwater to just 8 1st quarter points while they put up 13. The T-Birds would pull a little closer as both teams struggled to find their offense early and Columbia River led 25-22 at the break.

Jameel Morton knocked down 8 2nd quarter points to pace the Chieftains while Andrew Vickers and Jacob Hjort each had 6. Jacob Gibbons would keep the T-Birds within range drilling 3-long balls for 9 points. Ty Gentry would have 5 and Tyler Dowell 4.

Both teams would get the offense cranked up in the 2nd half  with the Chieftains pulling away to hold off Tumwater. Vickers would get busy in the lane with some spectacular plays and slams while Spencer Long would start knocking them down from the outside scoring 17 of his 22 including 3 3-balls.

Tumwater stayed in the game and would make runs but every time C R had an answer. The T-Birds had several players chipped in to find their way into the scorebook but in the end could not rally enough to overcome the deficit. Gibbons was the only one in double figures with 13, Weston Vandenhazel had a nice game with 8 off the bench and Spencer Dowers was solid with 7 while dishing several assists and playing strong defense.

Columbia River improves to 12-4 overall while Tumwater drops to 10-6. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Groups Players of the Game were Spencer Long for the Chieftains and Spencer Dowers for the T-Birds. Our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game went to Andrew Vickers with a sweet slam dunk on a pass from Jacob Hjort to end a T-Bird run. Both teams now have 3 straight league games to finish their seasons.

Scoring:

Columbia River: Long 22, Vickers 16, Hjort 11, Morton 9, Hockhalter 1

Tumwater: Gibbons 13, Vandenhazel 8, Dowers 7, Gentry 7, Marty 6, Dowell 5, Otton 4, Geathers 1

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