ABERDEEN - It was a sluggish start for North Thurston on the road at Aberdeen, but the Rams picked it up on the defensive end in the second half in scoring a 75-59 2A Evergreen Conference boys basketball victory on Thursday night.
The victory snaps North Thurston’s two-game losing skid and puts the Rams in fourth place, tied with Black Hills, in the EvCo standings at 4-4.
“We were telling the kids we needed this one to stay alive,” North Thurston coach Tim Brown said.
Landon Rushton led all scorers with 32 points, getting points all over the floor, including three 3-pointers and nine free throws. Ben Broeker had 16 points and Matt Reid had 14, the other Rams in double figures.
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North Thurston and Aberdeen were tied at 35 at halftime after the Bobcats took a 20-14 first quarter lead.
“We weren’t ready to play when we got there,” Brown said. “There was not a lot of energy, but we picked up the energy and defense in the third quarter and it got us going.”
North Thurston outscored Aberdeen 40-24 in the final two quarters.
Tumwater 73, Centralia 50: Daniel Hinkle scored a game-high 18 points and was one of four Thunderbirds in double figures. The T-Birds remain tied atop the EvCo standings with River Ridge with one loss apiece.
Tumwater was coming off a 78-46 loss at Mark Morris on Saturday in which the 46 points scored were a season-low and the 78 points given up were a season-high.
“We needed to bounce back and we did,” Tumwater coach Curtis Medved said. “We got off to a good start, and it was important to do so.”
Tumwater jumped out to an 18-8 lead in the first quarter and led 39-23 at halftime.
In addition to Hinkle’s 18 points, Kyle Warner and Jace Feldmeier had 12 apiece and Zach Boede had 10 for the T-Birds.
Chehalis 68, Black Hills 60: The Wolves dropped to 4-4 in EvCo play and are tied with North Thurston for fourth place.
Brock Wade led Chehalis with 23 points.
North Thurston 42, Aberdeen 42: The Rams and Bobcats finished in a tie in their EvCo dual at North Thurston.
All seven of the Rams’ wins came by pins, including Andy Grantham, who pinned David Garcia in 25 seconds.
Timberline 134, Lincoln 47: The Blazers won 12 events in their dual meet victory over the Abes.
Anthony Veliz won the 50-yard freestyle (27.28 seconds) and 100 butterfly (1:12.61), and also was part of the Blazers’ winning 200 medley and 200 free relay teams.
Capital 128, Foss 51: Nyle Taylor (200 free, 500 free) and Jacob Williams (100 free, 200 IM) posted two individual victories in the Cougars’ win over Foss.
Capital won 12 events. Williams and Taylor also were part of Capital’s winning 200 medley and 200 free relay teams.