Consolation Bracket (Winner moves on to final Consolation game for a chance to get to Regionals, Loser out.)
Centralia 59, Black Hills 49
(Chehalis, WA) The season was on the line for both teams who had faced each other twice during the Evco 2A league season and they came away with a split. Really no surprises in this showdown both featured strong offensive leaders, Christian Peters for Centralia and TJ Mickelson for Black Hills. Both teams with a strong supporting cast.
The Wolves had been struggling to get off to a fast start but despite a more aggressive approach all they could connect on for the first 6 minutes were a pair of Garrett Glenn free throws. The Tigers meantime built a healthy 12 point lead going up 14-2. The Wolves would put together a mini-run led by a 3-ball from Joe Crumley and after 1 it was Centralia leading 14-7.
Roles reversed in the 2nd half as the Wolves continued the late 1st quarter run scoring 18 in the quarter while holding the Tigers to 10. Crumley would finish the 1st half with 8 including his 2nd 3-ball while Mickelson got on rack but inside the arc scoring 11 points on 5-2 pointers and a free throw. Mickelson’s final shot came as time expired giving the Wolves a 25-24 lead.
Layne Pertzborn would lead the Tigers in the 1st half with 10 while Deter Voetberg knocked in 8.
In the 2nd half Peters heated up scoring 17 of his 20 when it counted most drilling 3 long balls and going 8-9 from the line. The Tigers got some great assistance off the bench from Isaiah Trevino with 7 and Jordan Thomas with 6.
The Wolves fell behind by 8 at the end of the 3rd 45-37 and could never make a serious run through the 4th quarter where Centralia seemingly had an answer for every run they presented. Jewell Day for the Wolves tried to lead a comeback and scored 11 of his 15 in the 2nd half but eventually fouled out.
Centralia will now play Woodland on Saturday in a re-match of their opening round District game in which the Beavers knocked off Centralia. This time the loser will have their season come to an end while the winner will advance to the State Regional.
Our Tommy Lowe from Greene Realty Players of the Game were Christian Peters for Centralia and Jewell Day for Black Hills. Our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game went to Centralia’s Deter Voetberg who blocked a Mickelson shot was saved by Nolan Wasson who got it to Christian Peters who was fouled from the 3-point line and sank all 3.
Centralia: Peters 20, Voetberg 14, Pertzborn 12, Trevino 7, Thomas 6
Black Hills: Mickelson 16, Day 15, Crumley 11, Glenn 7
Boys District 4 2A Tournament 2nd Round
Winner’s Bracket (Winner to State Regional and District Championship, loser falls into Consolation Bracket.)
Mark Morris 74, Black Hills 56
(Longview, WA) After graduating a large number of Seniors last year many thought this might be the year the mighty Mark Morris Monarchs would be knocked off the top of the hill or at least vulnerable and for those with those thoughts they were again severely disappointed.
Head Coach Bill Bakamus once again showed why his program is more than gearing up for single season success but always a long term approach. He always seems to have a solid mix of Senior and Junior Leadership with young and upcoming talent and this year is no different. They came into the District Semi-Final against Black Hills with the usual philosophies of lock down defense and spreading the offensive glory.
The Wolves are quite different where they rely on one man for the majority of their offense in TJ Mickelson. Black Hills does get production out of the other players but clearly the focus is on Mickelson. As the game began it was clear the Monarchs were going to force Black Hills to use the other players to beat them as Mickelson drew aggressive defense from the beginning at times being double and triple teamed.
Mark Morris surged late in the 1st quarter to extend their lead to 17-6. Nick Rinck got things started scoring the 1st 7 points with a 3 a 2 and 2 free throws. Free throws would play a big roll in this game as the Monarchs would get sent to the line 25 times sinking 21 for the game. Black Hills would go 10 for 11.
By halftime Mark Morris had built a 31-18 lead as the Wolves searched for some offense. Mickelson was held to just 2 1st half points. Joe Crumley would be the leader at the half with 6 for the Wolves. Rinck would finish with 9 but got plenty of help from Will Burghardt also with 9, Tyler Berger had 8 and Garrett Berger 5.
In the 2nd half the Wolves would start find some offense scoring 17 in the 3rd but they gave up 15 gaining only 2 on the Monarchs. Black Hills would continue to hang in on the edge of getting back into the game cutting the lead to single digits a couple of times but each time they did Mark Morris would answer with a long ball or a transition bucket. Crumley would finish with 14 and Mickelson would knock down some shots scoring 13 in the 2nd half finishing with 15. Jewell Day would get 9 off of limited work after getting into foul trouble early.
In the end Mark Morris just continued to come at Black Hills wearing them down and pulling away late in the game as 7 different players would score in the game and 4 of them in double figures, Burghardt with 24, Tyler Berger 17 , Nick Rinck and Garrett Berger both topped 10 points.
Mark Morris returns to the District Championship and will be looking for revenge on Tumwater who advanced (see below). Tumwater upset the Monarchs last year in the title tilt at St. Martins University. Black Hills will now face Centralia on Thursday at 6pm at WF West in a loser out game. The Wolves and Tigers must win 2 in a row to advance to the Regionals.
Our Tommy Lowe Players of the Game went to Tyler Berger of Mark Morris and Joe Crumley for Black Hills and our ProActive Physical Therapy play of the Game went to Will Burghardt for stemming several Black Hills runs with key buckets and his 9-9 performance at the line.
Mark Morris: Burhardt 24, T Berger 17, Rinck 13, G Berger 11, Mason Baker 5, Zach Bradford 2, Joe Hamlik 2
Black Hills: Mickelson 15, Crumley 14, Day 9, Garrett Glenn 8, Jason Underhill 7, Hunter Grabski 3
Tumwater 54, Woodland 37
(Longview, WA) The Tumwater T-Birds were determined to not be a 1-hit wonder and after knocking off Woodland Tuesday night mission accomplished. Tumwater won their 1st boys basketball league championship last season in school history and then went on to shock Mark Morris for their 1st ever District Championship. The T-Birds are headed back for a re-match with the Monarchs for the District Title and the number seed our of District 4 into the State Regionals.
The game with Woodland featured the battle of 2 nearly 7-foot centers, the 6’10 Weston Vandenhazel for Tumwater and Woodland’s 6’11 giant Bryce Mulder. The focus was on those 2 early and they did not disappoint with Vandenhazel gaining the early advantage with 6 early points. Mulder would battle back and finish with 8 1st half points. the 2 would block each others shots while show some incredible soft touch shots. However, it would be the other players that ultimately would decide this showdown.
Cade Otton fired off a double/double for the Birds with 10 points and 12 rebounds. This helped Tumwater take a 23-16 lead into the half. Hayden Huddleston teamed with Mulder for 8 points and those 2 accounted for all the Beaver points. Spencer Dowers led Tumwater with 8.
In the 2nd half the T-Birds would add to their lead pushing it to double digits 38-27. Vandenhazel began strong again in the 3rd and would finish with a game high 16 points with 10 in the 2nd half. Tumwater would finish the job in the 4th quarter adding another 16 points while holding Woodland to just 10. The swarming defense limited the Beavers from getting into any kind of groove and everytime they made a bit of a run the T-birds quickly snuffed it out with a steal or block and a quick transition bucket.
Mulder would be neutralized in the 2nd half with just 2 points for a total of 10. Huddleston knocked in another 7 to lead Woodland with 15 and Tanner Sixberry would score all 9 of his points in the 2nd half. Tumwater’s Dowers would end with 13 while Jacob Gibbons hit double figures with 10. The T-Birds and Monarchs will play Friday night at St Martins University at 8pm. Woodland drops into the consolation and will face Washougal at Hudson’s Bay High school on Thursday at 6pm in a loser out contest.
Our Tommy Lowe of the Green Realty Group Players of the Game were Cade Otton for Tumwater and Hayden Huddleston for Woodland. Our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game went to Tumwater’s Spencer Dowers who hit a spectacular hanging lay-up late in the game again snapping a Beaver run while getting fouled.
Tumwater: Vandenhazel 16, Dowers 13, Otton 10, Gibbons 10, Marty 5
Woodland: Huddleston 15, Mulder 10, Sixberry 9, Tyler Flanagan 3
Consolation Bracket (Loser Out Games)
Centralia 62, Hudson’s Bay 54
(Longview, WA) The Tigers stayed alive and will now get Black Hills on Thursday in a loser out game at WF West with a 6pm tip-off.
Washougal 41, R A Long 38
(Longview, WA) The Panthers stayed alive with a comeback win ending the Lumberjacks season. Washougal faces Woodland in a loser out at Hudson’s Bay High School on Thursday 6pm tip.
Tumwater 68, Hudson’s Bay 53
(Tumwater, WA) The young Hudson Bay Eagles came out roaring against the #1 North seeded Tumwater T-Birds with both Quentin Raynor and Quadrese Teague firing right and left landing a total of 5 1st half 3-balls and a combined 27 1st half points. This surge helped the Eagles fly to a 22-11 lead after the 1st 8-minutes.
The T-Birds would get back into the game behind the strong inside play of big man Weston Vandenhazel and the outside sharpshooter Jacob Gibbons. They would combine for 20 1st half points and cut the lead down to 2 points with 7-seconds to play in the half. Teague would put a temporary damper on that run nailing a 3 at the buzzer and Bay led by 5 35-30 at the break.
The Tumwater surge would continue in the 3rd quarter and again Vandenhazel and Gibbons led the way with Spencer Dowers running the point and dishing like a madman. Gibbons would sink 4 long balls in in the 2nd half finishing with 6 from long distance. His 3-ball at the 5:50 mark of the 3rd quarter would give Tumwater their first lead since they led 1-0 early in the game and it would be a lead they would not give up. This play would also win our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.
The T-Birds surge would continue as they built a 53-46 lead after the 3. Hudson’s Bay went cold in the 2nd half, Raymond Mason would actually lead the Eagles in the 2nd half with 5 points. Meantime, Westin Vandenhazel would add a bakers dozen to his 1st half dozen and led all scorers with 25. Gibbons would finish with 20 and Dowers would also crack double digits with 10 going 8-10 from the line. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game were Westin Vandenhazel for the T-Birds and Quadrese Teague for Hudson’s Bay.
Tumwater now plays Woodland on Tuesday in the Winner’s Bracket with a trip to the District Championship but more importantly a trip to Regionals on the line. They will tip off at 7:45 at RA Long. Hudson’s Bay now faces Centralia in a loser out game on Tuesday at Mark Morris also at 7:45.
Tumwater: Vandenhazel 25, Gibbons 20, Dowers 10, Geathers 5, Marty 3, Otton 3, Dowell 2
Hudson’s Bay: Raynor 16, Teague 16, Morgan 5, Mason 5, Gray 3, Gipson 2, Artis 2, Cadiz 2
Black Hills 68, RA Long 54
(Tumwater, WA) The Wolves were led by TJ Mickelson who dropped 32 on the Jacks including 7 3-balls. The Wolves will face Mark Morris in the Semi-Final on Tuesday at 6pm at RA Long. Winner advances to Regionals and the District Championship game. The Lumberjacks now drop into the consolation bracket and will take on Washougal in a loser out at 6pm at Mark Morris.
Mark Morris 72, Washougal 59
The Monarchs pulled away late in the game to hold off a pesky Panther squad. Morris now gets Black Hills at RA Long with a 6pm tip while Washougal will face RA Long in a loser out at Mark Morris High School also at 6pm.
Story in the Daily News by Meg Wochnick Click Here
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Woodland 46, Centralia 33
The Beavers outlasted the Tigers in this defensive struggle and now will get Tumwater with a chance to clinch a trip to Regionals on Tuesday at 7:45 at RA Long. Centralia drops into a must win showdown with Hudson’s Bay at Mark Morris with a 7:45 tip time.
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Photo Gallery (Tumwater vs Hudson’s Bay)