Capital 57, Centralia 26
(Centralia, WA) The Capital Cougars missed the State Tournament last year after advancing the year before and they look ready to make a serious run back to the Tacoma Dome. With a Senior dominated team and the addition of transfer guard Lucas Bowser the Cougs spread around the scoring after a slow start and pulled away to cruise past the re-building Centralia Tigers by 31 in both teams opener Tuesday night.
Both teams came out shooting ice cold with Capital leading just 4-0 and less than 3 minutes to play. The Cougars got things rolling and finished with 12 led by Grant Erickson’s 4 points from in the paint and Garrett Strophy dropped in the lone bucket for the Tigers and they trailed 12-2.
The 2nd quarter saw the Cougars blow the game open outscoring the Tigers 26-6 taking a 38-8 lead. Spencer Halstead, Chris Penner and Bowser all hit 3’s for Capital while Malakai Emmons hit 2 3-balls for Centralia. Capital really took control of the paint led by Brandin Riedel’s 8 points and several rebounds to draw away for a 55-12 lead and a running clock after 3.
Capital emptied the bench for the 4th quarter and was held to just 2 points from Connor Potkonjack while Centralia finally got some shot to fall. Michael Ajoge had been frustrated all game but finished with a team high 8. Andrew Kahn played hard and nailed a pair of long balls for 6 points. Our players of the game went to Brandin Riedel for the Cougars and the Tigers Andrew Kahn.
Capital: Bowser 14, Riedel 12, Penner 10, Erickson 8, Landers 4, Halstead 3, Potkonjack 2, Brandsma 2, Newman 2
Centralia: Ajoge 8, Kahn 6, Emmons 6, Brown 2, Strophy 2, Wass 2