The Boys District 4 Tournament tipped-off Saturday night with 4 games. Check back to this post throughout the Tournament for scores, stories, links to stories, pictures and Bracket link.
Consolation Bracket, 2/18 Centralia College
**Winner to Regionals, Loser Out, this game is for the final State Play-off birth
Centralia 71, Columbia River 64
The Tigers secured the final spot to Regionals with a win Saturday night over the Chieftains. The Tigers drew Prosser in the loser out Regional game set for next weekend, time, day and location still TBD.
District Championship Friday, 2/17 St Martins University
Mark Morris 63, Woodland 54
Not even a fire alarm could deny the Monarchs of finally taking back the big trophy after a 2-year absence at St Martins University Friday night. The Monarchs were up by 8 with 5 minutes to go in the game when a fire alarm activated and the entire building had to be evacuated. After the Fire Department cleared the building and a 5-minute warm-up Mark Morris finished the job over the Woodland Beavers. Both teams head to the State Tournament beginning with Regionals next weekend.
Mark Morris will not have to worry about Regionals in the fact they will be moving on to Yakima regardless of the outcome due to their #6 RPI ranking. The top 8 are guaranteed at least 1 game in the Sun Dome on March 1st. Woodland checks in at #18 and would have to have 10 teams in front of them get knocked out to move up to #8, 2 teams we know of have for sure but 1 team in front of them at #17, Clover Park has advanced and at #16 is Centralia who can advance tonight with a win over Columbia River. No doubt the Beavers are big Chieftain fans tonight even if they can’t get to that protected 8 spot the higher up the RPI list you finish the better the match-up you have at Regionals.
Consolation Bracket Loser Out Games
Centralia 57, Tumwater 52
The Tigers overcame a huge halftime deficit where they trailed the hot shooting T-Birds who jumped out to a 14-7 lead after the 1st 8 minutes and then extended their lead to 31-17. It could have been worse for Centralia who actually trailed by as many as 19 late in the half but finished with a strong 8-3 run to pull within 14.
At the half Tumwater’s offense was led by CJ Geathers with 10 and league co-MVP Brian Marty had 8. The Birds had controlled the man he shared the MVP award with Hodges Bailey who could only hit for 6.
The Tiger’s took that late burst and parlayed that into a huge momentum swing as the 3rd quarter began. Centralia began chipping away at the deficit immediately and by the 3:30 mark had pulled within 4 after a tremendous play by Bailey blocking a short shot by Marty and Layne Pertzborn finished off the play with a bucket. By the end of the 3rd Centralia was breathing down the T-Birds neck trailing 45-41 dumping in 24 3rd quarter points.
In the 4th the Tigers offense kept coming and would tie the Birds midway through the quarter and then it looked like a 3-ball from Marty might just stem the Tiger surge as Tumwater took a 49-46 lead with 2:41 to play in the game. But the Tigers were not finished and this time were ready to finish the job unlike the last time these 2 teams met and the T-Birds pulled it out in overtime.
After a time-out with 52-seconds to play Hodges then put a dagger in the heart of the T-Birds drilling a long 3-point shot to go up 53-49, a 2 possession game. Tumwater could not bridge the gap and saw their season come to an abrupt end. Centralia stays alive but has to win 1 more game to get to State and they will battle Columbia River on Saturday at Centralia College in a Winner to Regionals, Loser out contest at 7pm.
Centralia: Hodges Bailey 23, Tyler Ashmore 13, Layne Pertzborn 11, Jordan Thomas 4, Nick Edwards 4, Cale Shute 2
Tumwater: CJ Geathers 15, Brian Marty 14, Cade Otton 12, Thomas Drayton 10, Weston Weller 1
Columbia River 40, RA Long 38
The two teams were delayed nearly 90-minutes due to the blocked freeway at Woodland and Columbia River had to wind their way to the Mark Morris Gym taking backroads. By the time the 7pm scheduled tip-off was tossed up at about 8:30 it was likely no surprise that both teams came out sluggish.
RA Long led 21-18…at the half! and that was thanks to a 3-ball from Coby Rothwell for the Jacks to give them a 3-point cushion. CR’s Jacob Hjort was keeping the Chieftain hopes alive scoring 10 of their 18 points while RA Long’s 1st half points were more spread out over 5 players.
The 3rd quarter it looked like the Jacks just might pull away and knock out the Chieftains when they pulled ahead twice in the 3rd quarter by 6 points including at the end of the quarter when Keoni Mawae hit a shot for a 37-31 lead.
Then as quick as Northbound I-5 was closed when a mudslide rolled over the lanes, the Jacks offense hit a brick wall. RA Long could muster only 1 point for the entire 4th quarter. Quick shots, turnovers and mistakes did in the Jacks. Despite not scoring a single point and leading only by 6 Columbia River could not tie the game up until the 2:10 mark of the 4th on 2 free throws by Hjort. Spencer Long then drilled the game winner at the 1:26 mark a long 3-point shot to give the Chieftains a 40-37 lead. Jacob Childers would hit 1 of 2 from the free throw line with 1:26 left to play making it 40-38 and that is where the game would stay and neither team could find the bottom of the net.
The play that came back to haunt the Jacks was in the 3rd when Rothwell hit the front end of a 1-1 free throw shot but was whistled for a violation for taking too long, more than 10 seconds to shoot the ball and resulted in a turnover. It was hard to see at that time how much impact that play would have on the final outcome.
Columbia River will next face Centralia on Saturday in a Winner to Regionals, Loser done for the year game. The contest will be played at Centralia College at 7pm.
*Winner to District Championship and Regionals
Mark Morris 77, Centralia 61
Mark Morris advances to the District Championship on Friday night at St Martins University in Lacey against Woodland while Centralia will face Tumwater in a loser out game at WF West.
Woodland 69, RA Long 51
Woodland qualifies for the State Tournament with this win and will play for the District Championship against Mark Morris on Friday. The 2 teams split during the regular season. RA Long drops into the Consolation Bracket and gets Columbia River at Mark Morris on Thursday in a loser out game.
*Loser out, winners play Semi-Final losers on Thursday in another loser out game.
Columbia River 49, WF West 46
(Centralia, WA) This was a do or die game for both teams the winner stays alive and the loser has their sesason come to an end. As the game began it looked like a blow out for Columbia River as they started hot and continued through the 1st 2 quarters heading to halftime with a 17 point lead and limiting the Bearcats to just 15 points.
Jacob Hjort got things rolling for the Chieftains hitting a 3 to begin the game. CR would build an 8-2 lead and maintain that 6-point advantage after the 1st 8 minutes up 12-6. In the 2nd quarter Spencer Long heated hitting back-to-back 3’s as the Chieftains began the 2nd quarter with an 8-0 run to go up 20-6. This burst of scoring by Long earned our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game. The Bearcats would answer with 7 straight with 5 of those coming from Brandon White and the Cats were back within 7.
CR would streak back when Spencer Black scored a bucket at the 3:16 mark of the 2nd triggering a 12-0 avalanche, White would hit 2 free throws at the end of the quarter for WFW but the damage was done as the Chieftains headed to break up 32-15.
The Bearcats came out in the 3rd quarter ready to get back in this game, the only question would be was the 17 point deficit too big a hole to climb out of. Ther Cats began the quarter with 8 straight points as they focused on going back inside. Bailey Cooper and Camden Bull got things going and Bryce Dobbins hit 2 shots within 60-seconds and it was a single digit game with WFW trailing 32-23.
The teams would trade buckets and then with 2:53 to play a bizarre call from the officials put the game under protest by CR Coach David Long. CR’s Spencer Long was called for an intentional foul after Cooper stole a pass and Long grabbed him around the waste preventing a fast break lay-up. Coach Long questioned the call and didn’t like which is of course not out of the ordinary but when the free throws were taken by Brandon White. After White hit both shots Long strongly objected and after the officials talked with each other they decided to let the free throws stand plus since it was an intentional foul the Bearcats would get the ball back trailing 36-28. Long, before the ball was put into play, told the official scorekeeper to note he was officially protesting the game. After 3 quarters the Cats ended up trimming 8 points off the 17 point deficit and entered the 4th down 9.
In the 4th quarter the Bearcats kept grinding away and pulled within 5 points when Dakota Hawkins hit a 3-ball with 34-seconds to play. Although the Chieftains would not score again WFW could not take advantage and missed several chances to close the gap. Cooper hit a shot at the buzzer for the final 3 point difference. CR survived a cold shooting 2nd half and will move on to face RA Long on Thursday at Mark Morris High School in a loser out game while WF West had their season come to an end.
Our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the Game went to Columbia River’s Jacob Hjort and to WF Wests’ Cooper Bailey.
Columbia River: Jacob Hjort 20, Spencer Long 15, Spencer Black 11, Nathan Hochhalter 2, Jack Armstrong 1
WF West: Brandon White 14, Cooper Bailey 14, Dakota Hawkins 6, Colby White 6, Bryce Dobbins 4, Camden Bull 2
Tumwater 47, Black Hills 27
(Centralia, WA) This was the 3rd meeting between these 2 teams this season and the T-Birds were fortunate to win both. In the 1st game Tumwater’s Brian Marty hit a jump shot as time expired to give the T-Birds a 1 point win and in the 2nd game the Wolves spit up a 14-point 2nd half lead as Tumwater pulled away in the final minutes.
In both games it was Black Hills that got off to fast starts and the T-Birds had to chase them down in both games. On Tuesday night Tumwater was determined to get off to a fast start and we’d say a 12-0 lead halfway through the 1st quarter would qualify as a fast start. But that’s where the fast start ended as Black Hills countered with 7 straight to make it a 5 point deficit, Cade Otton would hit a shot late and at the quarter the T-Birds held a 14-7 lead.
7 would be a number the Wolves offense would have to unfortunately get used to as they could only match the 7 they had in the 1st quarter with another 7 points but Tumwater also struggled in a defensive slugfest and could not expand their lead up 21-14 at halftime. The Wolves tried to get one last bucket but Thomas Drayton came up with a massive block and swatted the ball away as time expired. This play would be named our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.
In the 1st 4-minutes Tumwater expanded their lead to 13 up 28-15. Black Hills could never get on a roll the entire night and by the end of the 3rd had once again only put up 7 points led by Noah Brewer’s 4. The T-Birds would get scores from 7 different players in this quarter and stretched their advantage to 15 points, 36-21.
Matthew Brown kept the Tumwater scoring rolling pushing the lead to 17 with a shot just 19-seconds into the 4th. Marty then reeled off 5 straight points for the T-Birds largest lead and it was time for the Wolves to send in the reserves to finish their season. The Wolves could only muster 6 points in the 4th with Joe Crumley and Noah Brewer scoring 9 each for 18 of their 27 points.
Tumwater stays alive and will take on Centralia on Thursday in a loser out game at WF West while Black Hills ended their postseason run. Our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the Game went to Tumwater’s Matthew Brown and the Wolves’ Noah Brewer.
Tumwater: Brian Marty 16, CJ Geathers 9, Cade Otton 8, Matthew Brown 6, Thomas Drayton 4, Andrew May 2, Isaiah Koukal 2
Black Hills:Joe Crumley 9, Noah Brewer 9, Matt King 3, Garrett Glenn 2, Kai Walker 2, Ethan Loveless 1, Jackson Bauer 1
Opening Round Saturday, Feb 11
Centralia 65, Columbia River 54
Mark Morris 66, WF West 62
Woodland 57, Black Hills 42
RA Long 54, Tumwater 51
(Tumwater, WA) The Jacks did what the WF West Bearcats threatened to do and that was pull off the upset win a 4-seed beating a 1-seed. The game was nip and tuck from the beginning and it remained that way until the end. Tumwater held the lead for the majority of the 1st half and led by 2 after 1 15-13. CJ Geathers and Cade Otton did most of the early scoring while Marcus Maryott and Coby Rothwell kept RAL in the game.
Both teams struggled in the 2nd quarter with Tumwater outscoring the Jacks 10-9 to take a 25-22 lead at the break. Geathers and Otton led the T-Birds with 7 each while Rothwell broke free scoring 7 of the 9 points and headed to the locker room with 13.
Keoni Mawae would need just 8-seconds to tie the game as the 3rd quarter began as the big guy drained a long 3 to make 25-25. Tumwater would fight back and get 2 straight baskets from Brian Marty and Thomas Drayton to go up by 4. Tyrick Lewis-Clark would hit a 2 at the 4:25 mark to pull the Jacks back within 2 trailing 33-31. After a turnover Rothwell spotted up for a 3-ball and drained it for an RAL 1 point lead.
The next 3 pointer Rothwell lined up he was fouled and then drained 3 straight freebies giving the Jacks the lead for good 40-39. Rothwell attempted another 3 with 40-seconds to play, missed but got his own rebound and dished it Maryott who passed it right back to Rothwell for a wide open laying and RA Long led after the 3 42-39.
In the final quarter it looked like the Jacks just might close the door on the T-Birds as they took lots of time off the clock with each possession and would take the largest lead in the game by either team with 4:34 left to play when Maryott back-stepped behind the arc and drained a huge shot from the corner just before the shot clock expired to give the Jacks a 50-43 lead. This shot also won our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.
RA Long would push their lead to 8 54-46 with 2:57 left to play. Little did the Jacks know they wouldn’t score another point in the game and the T-Birds weren’t ready to roll over and came storming back scoring 5 unanswered points 4 from Brian Marty and an Otton free throw and with 46-seconds to play it was a 1 possession game with the Jacks up 54-51. The T-Birds decided to let RA Long run the clock down and just before the shot clock expired the got off a shot but RA Long got the ball back. Tumwater would steal the ball back and as time ticked down RA Long knew they had to have a hand in the face of Brian Marty and boy did as he was quadrupled covered and Marty threw up a prayer that wasn’t close as time expired and RAL pulled off the upset win.
RA Long will now play Woodland on Tuesday night at Mark Morris High School at 7pm in the Semi-Finals while Tumwater will face Black Hills in a loser out game at Centralia High School at 7:45, following the WF West vs Columbia River game. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Network Players of the Game went to RA Long’s Coby Rothwell who finished with 26, 13 in each half and to Tumwater’s Brian Marty who finished with 24, scoring 19 in the 2nd half.
RA Long: Coby Rothwell 26, Marcus Maryott 14, Tyrick Lewis-Clark 7, Keoni Mawae 4, Conner Wallace 2, Jacob Thompson 1
Tumwater: Brian Marty 24, Cade Otton 10, CJ Geathers 7, Thomas Drayton 6, Jack Koelsch 2, Aiden Slater 1, Isaiah Koukal 1