Oakville Keeps Punching Up, Downs Centralia


Apparently, nobody has told the Acorns of Oakville that they’re from a 1B school.

For the second time in three games to open the season, Oakville punched multiple classes above its weight, pulling away late to beat Centralia 66-57 at Ron Brown Court on Monday.

“They’re starting to trust each other,” Oakville coach Marcus Whittaker said. “I always write on the chalkboard before games to trust each other. It’s different from last year. That regional loss that put us out really stung for a lot of players, and they’re playing like it.”

Eddie Klatush scored 17 points to lead the Acorns, who are still without first-team all-1B Coastal Ashton Boyd and senior Daniel Rodas. Hunter Russell hit four first-half 3-pointers to finish with 12 points, and Latrevious Groninger and Haezen Cayenne both scored 11.

Oakville led by two points after a quarter and three at halftime, then saw its lead slashed to a point midway through the third quarter. But Klatush scored 10 in the fourth to help push the gap to 14 at one point, before Centralia narrowed it in the waning moments.

Centralia found most of its success in the post, with Carlos Vallejo leading all scorers with 19 points for the Tigers and David Daarud adding 12. The hosts finished a tough 3 for 18 from beyond the arc.

Oakville (3-0) will take on Sound Christian on Tuesday, while Centralia (0-3) will play at River Ridge.