2B Boys Hoops: Napavine Cruises Past North Beach, 80-52


Three Napavine players scored in double digits as the Tigers blasted their way to an 80-52 victory over visiting North Beach in the opening round of the 2B District 4 playoffs Monday.

Senior marksman Laythan Demarest led the Tigers offensive onslaught with 20 points, while James Grose added 18 points and eight rebounds and Keith Olson tallied 14 points and eight rebounds.

“It was good for us,” Napavine coach Rex Stanley said. “We were able to tighten it up a little in the second quarter and we opened it up after that.”

The Tigers led 15-13 after one quarter then busted off a 19-2 run in the second to lead 34-15 at the half.

Stanley praised Gavin Parker and Jarin Prather for contributing solid minutes off the bench.

“Overall, it was a good team win,” Stanley said. “Grose and Demarest were hitting shots for us.”

Napavine hosts Rainier in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Pirates Waylay Seagulls

Freshman Braden Salme scored a game-high 18 points and Adna had no trouble handling Raymond on the road in a 70-50 victory in the opening round of the 2B District 4 tournament Monday.

The Pirates, the Central 2B League’s No. 5 seed, used scorching shooting from the field, 30-for-56 (54%), to thump the Pacific League’s fourth seed.

Four Pirates in all scored in double digits, including senior Tyler Minkoff (16 points), Chase Collins (13 points) and Lane Johnson (10). Eli Smith added seven points and Zach Berg chipped in six.

Adna jumped out to a 15-6 run in the first quarter, led 31-27 at the half, 53-46 after three before using lockdown defense to hold the Seagulls to just four total points in the fourth quarter and seal the victory.

“Raymond played their butts off and it was close until the last few minutes,” Adna coach Luke Salme said. “We finally put together a string of defensive stops and then Collins and Salme hit three 3s in a roa to put it away.”

Raymond (3-9) was led by Morgan Anderson’s 14 points. Adrian Quintana and Deleak Hubbard each added 12. The Seagulls are eliminated.

Adna (7-0) travels to face C2BL champion Toutle Lake at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in Toutle.      

Indians Topple Wolverines

Toledo senior Carlo Arceo-Hansen erupted for a game-high 29 points to go with nine rebounds and nine assists as the Indians took down Northwest Christian (Lacey) 63-49 in a district opener Monday.

Toledo built a 19-point lead in the third quarter and never looked back, hanging on despite getting outscored in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

“They got frustrated, got in foul trouble and it took them out of the game,” Toledo coach Grady Fallon said. “That played in our favor.”

Arceo-Hansen drilled two 3-pointers during the Wolverines’ fourth rally to help keep them at bay. Fallon commended Thomas Glass for his excellent defensive performance.

Sophomore Jake Cournyer added nine points, six rebounds and three assists. Ryan Bloomstrom finished with seven points, while Carson Gould, Fredy Fernandez and Rogan Stanley each had six.

Toledo travels to face Wahkiakum on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.                

Mules End Winlock’s Season

Landon Tiemens scored 12 points, but the early Cardinals effort fell short of the Wahkiakum Mules in a 68-43 first-round defeat in the 2B District 4 Tournament.

Winlock jumped to a 16-13 lead after the initial period on the wings of its best defensive performance of the season. The only hang-up, though, was rebounding.

“Most of their points came on second chances,” Cardinals coach Nick Bamer said.

In the second half, Winlock’s offense evaporated and any Wahkiakum struggles went with it. The Mules outscored the Cardinals 38-18 after the break.

“We had a difficult season,” Bamer said, “but it was fun. It was a very positive group and set the tone for the program going forward.”