Hoquiam boys cruise to 10th straight win

By the time latecomers had arrived at Hoquiam Square Garden, the Grizzly boys were well on their way to their 10th straight victory.

Blasting out to a 17-3 lead after one quarter, league-leading Hoquiam went on to trounce Rochester, 65-24, in an Evergreen 1A League boys basketball game Tuesday night.

The final 7 1/2 minutes were played under the 40-point running-clock mercy rule. That enabled an ultra-quick program to be completed well before 8:30 p.m.

Junior guard Evan Newton, characteristically igniting Hoquiam’s transition game, finished with 16 points and four assists. He shared team scoring honors with junior forward Camden Anderson, who came off the bench to register 16 points and six rebounds. Anderson hit 7 of his 11 field-goal attempts.

Hoquiam’s reserves actually outscored the starters, 33-32.

As the score would indicate, this contest wasn’t long on drama. That suited winning coach Curtis Eccles nicely.

“The kids played really well together,” Eccles said. “It’s a good night when everyone gets in and everyone contributes.”

Hoquiam (9-0, 12-5) shot 50 percent from the field in the first three quarters, committed only 10 turnovers for the contest and outrebounded the Warriors, 40-26. Playing predominantly man-to-man, the Grizzlies limited the Warriors (3-7, 7-11) to eight field goals while creating 22 turnovers.

“We didn’t want to give a team like that any open looks and (man-to-man) has been our bread and butter lately,” Eccles noted.

The Grizzly coach offered special kudos to senior forward Devin Kelly, who held Rochester ace Tyler Gedney scoreless while also picking up six rebounds and four steals.

Jordan McLemore’s 3-point basket in the opening minute gave the Warriors a 3-2 lead. Those were Rochester’s last points until the opening minute of the second quarter.

Doing much of their business on transition opportunities, the Grizzlies went on a 15-o run to build the aforementioned 17-3 lead at the first buzzer.

Newton triggered the spurt with a 3-pointer from the right wing. Kelly later contributed back-to-back breakaway layins off a steal and a long rebound.

Hoquiam owned a 31-13 halftime bulge.

Freshmen Jerod Steen and Jack Adams III added eight points each for Hoquiam. Jace Varner, another ninth-grader, topped Grizzly rebounders with seven.

Steen handed out four assists. Blake Kelly (no relation to Devin) blocked three shots.

McLemore paced Rochester with nine points. The Warriors did not suit up a senior for this contest.

The Grizzlies travel to Tenino on Friday.

Rochester 3 10 3 8 — 24

Hoquiam 17 14 23 11 — 65

Rochester (24) — McLemore 9, Yarber 2, Gedney, Nelson 6, Blanchard 3, Rigsbee, Bowman, Larsen, Ranger 4, Wilson. FG — 8-42 (.190). FT — 2-9.

Hoquiam (65) — B. Kelly, Newton 16, Steen 8, D. Kelly 4, Brydon 4, Anderson 16, Standstipher 2, Varner 4, Adams 8, White, Oliver 3. FG — 29-63 (.460). FT — 4-7.

JV – Hoquiam 50, Rochester 31. Brett Pelan nine points for Hoquiam.


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