We had 2 varsity games on the air Wednesday night with an early 4pm start in the EVCO 2A that saw WF West blow open a close game in the 3rd quarter over their rival Centralia and Toutle Lake traveled to Toledo and held off a furious comeback from the Indians to secure a big win. Our coverage below..

Boys Basketball

WF West 72, Centralia 50

(Chehalis, WA) The Bearcats were stunned on Monday with a loss at Aberdeen that gave the Bobcats their first league win and 3rd win overall and slipped the Bearcats into a tie for 2nd with Tumwater at 3-1. The Bearcats did beat Tumwater in their lone match-up and could not afford a 2nd upset loss. Black Hills is in 1st place at 4-0 and the Bearcats face them on Friday for the League title and the #1 seed which is a bye in the opening round of the district tournament.

Centralia was 2-2 and in 4th place which meant they would host an opening round district game if they can hold on that 4th place position and the Tigers came out strong looking to hand the Bearcats another big loss.

The Tigers jumped out to a 19-16 lead after the 1st quarter but WF West would come back in the 2nd quarter and took a very slim 1 point lead, 31-30 into halftime. The Tigers were hot from behind the arc led by Brandon Yeong’s 11 points including 3 from distance and 9 points from Jayden Pannette’s all 3-balls.

WF West spread the wealth with Dirk Plakinger and Gabe Cuestas knocking down 9, Carter McCoy had 6 and they had that narrow 1 point lead.

In the 3rd quarter and 2nd half the Tigers went cold as Yeung and Pannette did not hit a single 3 in fact no one did for Centralia. They could only combine for a total of 20 2nd half points.

The Bearcats again spread the scoring with a total of 8 players scoring and it was Plakinger leading with 17 followed by Cuestas with 15. Also in twin figs was Carter McCoy with 12 and Soren Dalan with 10 while Cade Haller, Brit Lusk, Camryn Bostwick and Whalen Deskins also scoring.

Centralia’s Pannette did no hit a 3 in the 2nd half but added another 9 for a total of 18. Yeung finished with 11, Landon Kaut had 10, Cameron Erickson 7 and Rex Akins with 2.

The Bearcats are now 4-1 in league play and 8-3 overall while Centralia is 2-3 and 3-7 overall. Our Thorbeckes home team player of the game went to Cade Haller who scored 4 points but is the clear floor general, handled the ball rebounded, dished assists and played smothering defense for his overall effort was our player of the game.

Our Pacific Sports Spa visiting team player of the game went to Jayden Pannette for his consistent scoring, 9 in each half and solid overall play for the Tigers.

For a further look into the game click the link below to our post game show.

Post Game Show WF West over Centralia

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Central 2B Boys
Toutle Lake 64, Toledo 57

(Toledo, WA) The Indians were looking to come up with a big win over the league leader on their home court but could not deny a very tough Ducks squad. The two teams would battle back and forth for most of the 1st quarter and when the Indians pulled within 3 trailing 12-9 the Ducks would call a time-out then run off 5 straight to take a 17-9 lead after the 1st quarter. The Ducks would then extend that led to 11, 33-22 at the half.

In the 3rd Toutle Lake would push their advantage to as many as 19 but the Indians would not submit and kept grinding and cut the deficit to single digits by the end of 3 trailing 47-38. As the 4th quarter began the Indians would come roaring back and start the quarter on an 11-4 run to pull within 2 points down 51-49 when Carlo Arceo-Hansen found Fredy Fernandez on the baseline for a bucket.

Toutle Lake called a time-out to re-group and came right back at the Indians with a key bucket from Ryder Moss on an assist from Zac Swanson and pushed their lead back to 6. Toutle Lake would extend that lead back to 10 points late in the game and Toledo’s run would be stopped and the Ducks would pick up a very important win.

Our Pacific Sports Spa visiting team player of the game went to Zac Swanson and the home team Thorbeckes player of the game was Carlo Arceo-Hansen.

ESN’s JB Ewers called the game and you can click on the link below for his full post game show with scoring stats and more.

Post Game Show with JB Ewers

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