2B Boys Hoops: Napavine Powers Past Rainier in Quarterfinals

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Rainier kept things close in the first half, but Napavine created a little space in the third quarter and kept its foot on the gas for a 57-37 win Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the District 4 2B boys basketball tournament.

Cael Stanley scored 13, Keith Olson scored 13 with 10 rebounds and James Grose added 12 points for the Tigers.

Napavine focused its defense on Mountaineer stars Ian Sprouffske and Jake Jeske, with Cade Evander, Gavin Parker and Cael Stanley drawing the defensive assignments, according to coach Rex Stanley.

“Those three in particular did a real good job on those two,” he said. Sprouffske finished with a game-high 15 points, but the duo went a combined 6 of 31 from the field.

“It’s just a solid win. The game was a lot closer than the score,” Stanley said. “It was possession-by-possession there for a while, and in the third quarter we were able to string together some stops and get out on the break a little bit, but Rainier played tough.”

Napavine led 22-17 at halftime, but extended the advantage to 41-26 after the third.

Napavine (12-3) faces Wahkiakum on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the district semifinals at the NW Sports Hub.

Rainier finished the season with a 6-8 record.

Pirates Knock Off Toutle Lake, 54-46

Adna had three players in double figures and held off Toutle Lake, 54-46, on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the District 4 2B tournament.

Freshman guard Eli Smith led the way with 16 points on 8-of-15 shooting, while Chase Collins added 13 points — going 3-of-4 from long range — and Zach Berg went 5-of-5 from the field for 12 points.

“Eli Smith was huge offensively, and Zach Berg got some huge baskets in the paint for us in the second half,” Adna coach Luke Salme said.

Adna improved to 8-0 with the win, which was their only matchup this season with the Ducks. The teams’ May 26 game was cancelled due to COVID precautions, part of a 17-day stretch in which the Pirates were unable to play. 

“We rose to the challenge and competed defensively every single possession,” Salme said. “I’m so proud of all these guys. Excited to play a couple more games together.”

Tuesday’s loss was the first of the season for the Ducks, who went 11-0 during the regular season. Zach Swanson paced Toutle Lake with 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting and John Nicholson added nine points.

Adna will face Kalama — which beat Ilwaco, 56-45, on Tuesday — at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night in the district semifinals.

Mules Too Much for Toledo

Toledo’s season came to a close in the quarterfinals of the District 4 2B basketball tournament Tuesday night with an 82-53 loss at Wahkiakum.

The Mules came out of the gate hot, leading 27-12 after a quarter thanks to a trio of 3-pointers from Logan LaBerge and nine first-quarter points from Jake Leitz. They extended that lead to 59-31 by halftime and cruised the rest of the way.

Carlo Arceo-Hansen led the way for Toledo, scoring 14 points with five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Carson Gould added 13 points and Jake Cournyer scored 11 with five rebounds and six steals.

Leitz finished with a game-high 23 points. Brodie Avalon added 22 and Logan LaBerge finished with 18. 

Toledo finished the season with a 7-5 record. It was the final game for seniors Arceo-Hansen, Ryan Bloomstrom, Jesse Towns, Thomas Glass, Fredy Fernandez and Rowdy Kirkendoll.

Wahkiakum will face Napavine in the tournament semifinals Wednesday, at 5:30 p.m., at the NW Sports Hub in Centralia.