Thunderbirds Get Up to Speed, Roll Past Shelton


The Tumwater boys basketball team got into 2A EvCo play with a slow start, but ultimately pulled away to a 77-42 win over Shelton at the Mini Dome.

The Highclimbers led at the end of the first quarter by a point after the T-Birds slogged through the opening eight minutes, but the switch flipped in a dominant second quarter, riding out to a 37-20 halftime lead. The track didn’t slow at all in the third quarter, by the end of which the visitors had a 60-32 advantage.

Gunnar Harroun scored 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting to lead Tumwater, grabbed six rebounds, and packed away seven blocks down low.

Clay Morgan pitched in 13 points. Andrew Collins scored 10 and dished out three assists, while Luke Reid had nine and eight, respectively. Tanner Brewer led the T-Birds with eight boards, and also scored eight points.

Tumwater (2-0) will return to Thurston County for its home opener on Thursday, hosting Rochester.