Published February 14, 2013
Olympia falls to Tahoma
COVINGTON – Olympia twice cut Tahoma’s fourth-quarter lead to five but was unable to inch any closer in a 68-57 loss Wednesday night in the opening round of the 4A West Central District boys basketball tournament. The loss sends Olympia (12-9) to the consolation bracket to face Union, a 76-63 loser to Todd Beamer, at 6 p.m. Friday in a loser-out contest at Curtis High School. A 3-pointer by Alex Johnson cut Tahoma’s lead to 52-47 inside 6 minutes to go before an 8-3 run by Tahoma quickly built its lead back up to 61-50 with 2:30 remaining. Senior Brendan Leonard paced Olympia with 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and had six rebounds. Michael Naipo added 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting with eight assists, and Johnson had 13 points. 2A DISTRICT IV Mark Morris 70, Capital 58: A 10-0 run late in the third quarter by the Monarchs, champions of the 2A Greater St. Helens League, helped them build a double-digit lead against the Cougars in a district semifinal game at W.F. West. Capital trailed 37-32 before Mark Morris scored 10 consecutive points for a 47-32 lead with 2:06 left in the third quarter. The lead had ballooned to 53-35 entering the fourth quarter. Four players finished in double figures for Capital, led by Keenan Williams’ 18 points. Jared Eidenmuller added 14 points, and Chandler Yount and Mat Cox had 10 apiece. Capital faces Washougal in loser-out contest at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at Mark Morris. Washougal 59, Tumwater 52: The Panthers out of the 2A GSHL ended the Thunderbirds’ season in a loser-out consolation game at Centralia High School. Jaimie Bryant’s bucket with 1:32 left in the game cut Washougal’s lead to 57-52, but that was Tumwater’s final field goal. Sophomore David Cooper had 15 points, and Jayden Croft added nine to lead the T-Birds. Washougal had three players in double figures, led by Michael McElroy’s 15 points. 1A DISTRICT Hoquiam 46, Tenino 31: The Grizzlies eliminated the Beavers, champions of the 1A SWW Evergreen Division, in a consolation game at Kelso High School.