TENINO — Toledo trailed nearly the entire way, took the lead with a few minutes to go and held off Tenino down the stretch to complete a 46-41 non-league road victory on Wednesday in the Stone City.
Toledo junior point guard Jake Cournyer went off for a game-high 27 points on a red-hot 11 for 18 shooting, including 3 of 6 from long range to help the Riverhawks notch their eighth-straight victory.
Cournyer shifted most of the recognition to his teammates, including center Carson Olmstead and wings Kaven Winters and Rogan Stanley.
“They just made plays for us tonight,” Cournyer said. “They helped us a lot.”
Cournyer needed all the help he could get facing a Tenino team led by 6-foot-5, 260-pound senior post Takari Hickle, who finished with 10 points.
“We actually go back a little bit, so I was looking forward to this game,” Cournyer said. “There’s no denying it, he’s a great player. Strong, fast, big. I’m real glad we got to play him because we’re going to be seeing players similar to him at districts.”
The Beavers held a slight advantage most of the game, leading by two at halftime (27-25) and by two entering the fourth quarter (33-31).
“We kept hanging around and hanging around,” Toledo coach Grady Fallon said. “And that was part of my speech at halftime: hang around, keep doing things and we’re fine. And then we finally had the lead there towards the end and it's like, OK, now it’s crunch time.”
Cournyer began heating up in the fourth quarter and took over the game offensively, scoring 11 of the Riverhawks 15 points in the final frame and outscoring Tenino by himself (11-8) in the final period.
Conner Olmstead added five points and a team-high six rebounds, while Carson Olmstead finished with four points, five boards and a team-high three assists. Winters also hauled in five boards and scored four points.
Tenino had three players finish in double-figure scoring, with Hickle, Noah Schow and Jack Burkhardt each finishing with 10 points. Austin Gonia chipped in eight and Preston Snider added five.
Tenino’s woes continue with their fourth-straight defeat and the Beavers fall to 4-4 overall after starting the season on a four-game win streak. The Beavers next travel to Raymond for another non-league game on Dec. 30.
Toledo improves to 9-1 overall and travels to Class 1A Eatonville for its final non-league match on Dec. 29.