Pirates plunder Hyaks in district semis

CENTRALIA — Between their outside shooting and interior passing, Adna’s Pirates turned North Beach’s defense inside out.

Taking command by shooting 58 percent from the field in the first half, the reigning district champion Pirates thumped the Hyaks, 61-44, in a District IV Class 2B Boys Basketball Tournament semifinal Friday night at Centralia High School’s Ron Brown Court.

Already assured of a regional appearance, the Hyaks (14-9) will play consolation-round games today and Monday to determine their regional seeding and destination. The latter could be anywhere from Longview to Spokane.

Although Tucker Coleman knocked down five 3-point shots en route to leading all scorers with 24 points, Adna’s perimeter marksmanship wasn’t quite as spectacular as in the early stages of their quarterfinal victory over Raymond. North Beach, in fact, outscored the Pirates from beyond the arc, 21-18.

Each time the Hyaks extended their defense to defend the long-range shots, however, the Pirates would whip passes inside for layins. Senior floor leader Cooper Zurfluh did an outstanding job of orchestrating Adna’s attack.

“They’ve got some shooters,” North Beach coach Larry Moore said of the Pirates. “We tried a number of things (defensively) in the first half. None of them worked.”

Coming off two tough wins over Central League opponents, the Hyaks were slow to get started offensively. They shot only 24 percent while committing 10 turnovers in the first half.

“We didn’t come out with the same fire as we did the last two games,” Moore noted. “It seemed like we were satisfied with winning the first two. I thought we played a lot better in the second half.”

The Hyaks outscored the Pirates, 30-28, in the final two quarters. By then, however, the outcome was all but assured.

North Beach opened the scoring on Gabe Hernandez’s layin. The Pirates answered by tallying the next nine points — including a trey and two deuces by Coleman.

The Hyaks faced a double-digit deficit, 18-7, at the end of one period and never made significant headway the rest of the way.

Down 33-14 at the half, North Beach made some noise at the outset of the third quarter when Corey Thornton connected from the left wing and Hernandez made a three-ball to reduce the deficit to 33-19.

Coleman responded with another three, this one from the left corner. Even though the Pirates cooled considerably in their shooting in the second half, the Hyaks were never closer than 15 the rest of the way.

The one Hyak capable of beating the Pirates on drives, Hernandez turned in a fine all-around performance with 17 points and five rebounds.

Thornton had three steals to go with his eight points.

Adna 18 15 13 15 — 61

NB 7 7 14 16 — 44

Adna (61) — Zurfluh 9, Wasson 7, Hoven 6, Coleman 24, Webster 4, Richardson 5, Kaech 3, Moon, Trotter 2, Hampton, Olson, Latimer 1. FG — 21-48 (.438). FT — 13-22.

North Beach (44) — Wagner 6, Thornton 8, Turner 6, Hernandez 17, Justin Chong 2, Beck 3, Jordan Chong 2, Takagi, Fry, Gonzalez, Ketter. FG — 18-53 (.340). FT — 1-7.