At Montesano: 1 p.m. — Willapa Valley vs. Toutle Lake boys. 2:30 p.m. — Willapa Valley vs. Adna girls. 4 p.m. — Raymond vs. Wahkiakum girls. 5:30 p.m. — North Beach vs. Onalaska boys.
At Rochester: 2 p.m. — Mossyrock vs. Wahkiakum boys. 3:30 p.m. — Morton/White Pass vs. Pe Ell girls. 5 p.m. — Toutle Lake vs. Napavine girls. 6:30 p.m. — Morton/White Pass vs. Adna boys.
MONTESANO — The opening of the District IV 2B boys basketball tournament turned into a rough outing for both Ocosta and Raymond on Thursday night.
In the first game of a district doubleheader at Bo Griffith Memorial Gym in Montesano, the Wildcats were never allowed to keep up with Wahkiakum in a 76-28 loss.
The Gulls took the court in the nightcap and took a one-point lead after three quarters before Adna clamped down on defense to pull away, 57-47.
Both Ocosta (10-11) and Raymond (9-11) will await their consolation, loser-out bracket opponents for their next district games on Monday at Rochester or Montesano.
Pirates 57, Gulls 47
This contest between the Pacific League’s No. 4 seed and the Central League’s No. 5 seed was tight and evenly played. The little things, like rebounds and converting opportunities, were the difference in the end.
For the first half, Adna seized control, but not that great of a lead, by plundering the boards for offensive rebounds and second chances to score. Garrett Trotter and Tanner Ridgon were the main leaders on the boards, scooping offensive-rebound putbacks to establish a 29-13 lead with 3:10 left in the first half.
Raymond, behind the shooting of Jayce Freeman, Rayce Newman and Darol Ratsavongsy, crawled back to cut the deficit to single digits, 31-22, at halftime. The trio, along with freshman Luke Hamilton, would be the catalysts for the Gulls’ third-quarter surge.
The Pirates’ mastery of the boards disappeared in the third stanza, allowing the Gulls to clean the defensive boards and fly the other end with momentum on offense. Ratsavongsy knocked down several driving layups, Freeman drained mid-range jumpers and Newman’s ranged shooting erased the deficit. Newman’s 3-point basket with 39 seconds left gave Raymond its first lead since the opening possession, 37-35.
Leading 37-36 after three quarters, the momentum belonged to the Gulls. The Pirates stole it back quickly in the early fourth quarter and never looked back.
Post Dalton Newman’s short jumper and Jordan Richardson’s long-range trey pushed Adna to a 41-37 lead. The quick five-point surge turned into a 14-0 run and a 50-37 lead before Ratsavongsy broke the Raymond drought with a step-back 3-pointer with 1:55 left in regulation.
The teams traded points for the final minutes, with Raymond fouling and sending Adna to the free-throw line (5-for-7 in the span).
“We stopped hitting our shots, stopped running the offense and (Adna) hit their shots,” Raymond interim coach Ron Bell said. “We’re not done yet. We still have some games to play. We were right in it. We gradually cut into their lead and just couldn’t hold onto it (in the fourth).”
Richardson led all scorers with 26 points and Trotter finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds for the Pirates. Ratsavongsy led the Gulls with 17 points and Newman added 16 points.
Raymond was without senior Kyle Stepp (employment), but will get back senior guard Alex Sida for Monday’s loser-out contest.
Mules 76, Wildcats 28
Wahkiakum took swift advantage of a slow-starting Ocosta team and never lifted its foot from the gas pedal.
The Wildcats missed their first eight shots from the field, even with the added advantage of four offensive rebounds, in the first 3 1/2 minutes. The Mules bolted out to a 10-0 lead on 3-point baskets by Shane Souvenir and Auston Good and kept going. Good converted 10 of the Mules’ 19 first-quarter points for a 19-4 lead. The Wildcats’ Alex Herrera scored all of his team’s points in the frame.
Wahkiakum kept the defensive pressure on Ocosta, which had 18 turnovers in the first half, and blasted field goals against the Wildcats’ defense. A 22-7 second quarter was all the Mules needed to take a comfortable 41-11 halftime lead.
Ocosta got a measure of work back on Wahkiakum in the third quarter with Kyle Bambauer, James Benn and Caleb Tackett combining with Herrera for a 15-14 frame and a 55-26 score. Wahkiakum completely sealed the game in the fourth quarter with 10 straight points to initiate the 40-point running clock with 4:52 left in regulation.
“They pressured us up front and I thought we passed up quite a few good shots early on,” Ocosta head coach Jason Quinby said. “When we did work it inside, we missed three shots in a row. From there, it snowballed. We came out flat, for whatever reason. We’ll just move on from here.”
Souvenir led all scorers with 21 points, 14 of them in the second half, for Wahkiakum. Good added 18 points and Brandon Budd 14 points to the effort. Bambauer led Ocosta with nine points and Herrera added eight points.
Wahkiakum 19 22 14 21 — 76
Ocosta 4 7 15 2 — 28
Wahkiakum (76) — Souvenir 21, Doumit 5, Budd 14, Zurick, Moore 2, Calvert, LaBerge, Ferguson, Good 18, Wegdahl 7, Quigley 4, Blix 5. FG — 28-56 (.500). FT — 11-15.
Ocosta (28) — Short, Prigmore, Tackett 5, Sobrera, Herrera 8, Anderson, Bambauer 9, Juarez, Pegg 2, Benn 4. FG — 13-59 (.220). FT — 1-3.
Adna 15 16 5 21 — 57
Raymond 8 14 15 10 — 47
Adna (57) — Olson, Hampton, Richardson 26, Trotter 11, Rigdon 10, Wagner, Moon, Rodas, Kaech 1, Olson, Latimer 7, Newman 2. FG — 21-53 (.396). FT — 10-18.
Raymond (47) — Crow, Maneman, Freeman 8, Newman 16, Phansisay 2, Koski, Hamilton 2, Ratsavongsy 17, Lund 2. FG — 18-59 (.305). FT — 4-4.