Centralia College men’s basketball fell into an early rut, climbed back out but couldn’t seal a comeback in a 102-92 shootout loss at home to Lower Columbia College in Northwest Athletic Conference West Region play Saturday.
“We got ourselves in a really big hole in the first half,” Blazer men’s coach Jason Moir said.
The Blazers trailed by 13 at the half, down 53-40, then came out slow after the break and trailed by as many as 26 with seven minutes to go.
“We kind of got hot at the 3-point line and got it within 10,” Moir said.
That’s the closest the Blazers would get, however, despite outscoring the Red Devils 52-49 in the second half.
Blazers’ Byron Taylor led all scorers with 32 points and added six rebounds. W.F. West alum Kayden Kelly and Toutle Lake alum Broc Keeton each chipped in 12, while Christian Willis scored 13 off the bench.
Winlock alum Bryce Clin chipped in eight points off the bench on 2 of 4 shooting from beyond the arc, while adding two rebounds and two steals.
Centralia College’s last home game is Sophomore Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday versus Pierce College, where sophomores Colby White and Byron Taylor will be recognized.