Boys Hoops: Tigers Lose on Last-Second Bucket

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An impressive defensive effort by Centralia was spoiled by Shelton’s game-winning shot with three second left as the Tigers took a 56-54 loss to the Highclimbers on the road Friday in 2A Evergreen Conference play.

“We did a great job flying around the court,” Centralia coach Kyle Donahue said. “Our hustle and grit was great. We were outsized a bit but my guys dug in and caused havoc in the half court.”

Speedy junior guard Chase Sobolesky led the Tigers with a team-high 14 points and provided a ton of energy to the team, Donahue said.

Senior Cameron Erickson added 12 points while junior Jayden Pannette scored eight. Donahue also commended Rex Akins for providing a much-needed spark down the stretch.

“Really proud of them,” Donahue said. “They gave themselves a chance and did it on the defensive end.”

Centralia (1-2) hosts Mint-City rival W.F. West on Monday in a Swamp Cup battle. 

Rochester Dominated by Wolves

Parker McAferty scored 14 points, but Black Hills was too much for Rochester, cruising to a 77-44 win over Rochester in a 2A Evergreen Conference boys basketball game in Rochester on Friday.

Black Hills jumped to a 28-7 first-quarter lead, a hole out of which the Warriors could never climb.

“With the lack of size we were out-matched in the paint,” Rochester coach Derrick Pringle. “They are a fundamentally sound team that execute their set in a well-run system.”

Rochester falls to 0-3 and travels to Aberdeen on Monday.