Capital 76, Timberline 51
(Olympia, WA) The South Sound Conference looks like it will be a battle from top to bottom but the Capital Cougars are trying lay claim to the top spot and have jumped out to a 3-0 league mark and remained unbeaten at 5-0 after handling the Timberline Blazers. The Blazers came in as one of them “on-paper” favorites but we all know how much “on-paper” is worth and on this night the Cougars wadded up that paper with an impressive start to finish win.
The game was dominated by the Cougar “bigs” in the 1st half led by Chris Schnellman’s 10 points including 6-6 at the free throw line. Luke Layton knocked down 7 with a 3 ball and Tommy Richardson scored 6 of his 10 in the 1st while Jack Collard scored 4 also from the line with a perfect 4-4 performance. Richardson and Collard came in off the bench. The Cougs put up 38 in the 1st half and the big guys scored 27 combined points.
Timberline got off to a slow start trailing 10-2 and never seemed to be in synch. Between cold shooting and tight officiating the Blazers never got in a groove. Tariq Romain came off the bench for a bit of a spark scoring 9 in the 1st half and finishing with a team high 15 was one of the few bright spots for Timberline.
The 2nd half the Blazers led by Romain tried to make a run and upped the tempo but the Cougs kept pace and it was the shooter’s turn to lead the Capital offense. Chris Penner hit for 14 of his 17 points including a beautiful cross-over move at mid-court and then another one and he finished it with a soft lay-in and a plus one as he was fouled going to the bucket. This would earn our ProActive Physical Therapy Play-of-the-Game.
Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game went to Capital’s Tommy Richardson and Timberline’s Tariq Romain.
Capital: Chris Penner 17, TJ Mickelson 13, Tommy Richardson 10, Chris Schnellman 10, Luke Layton 9, Jack Collard 8, Matt Mickelson 7, Dawson Landers 2
Timberline: Tariq Romain 15, Erik Stevenson 8, Eli Morton 7, Hunter Campeau 5, Jamin Faalogo 4, Jaelen Bush 4, Conner Warick 4, Jake Williams 2, Isaac Thompson 2