Prep Basketball Roundup: Montesano’s “road warriors” take down Castle Rock

Also: Garcia scores 29 in Aberdeen loss to Tumwater; Raymond rallies to beat Chief Leschi

Aberdeen falls to Tumwater while Raymond and Montesano pick up victories as we review Wednesday’s prep basketball action on the Harbor.


Montesano 54, Castle Rock 31

Montesano won on the road for the fourth time this season with a 54-31 victory over Castle Rock on Wednesday at Castle Rock High School.

Using mostly a man-to-man defense with a splash of 2-3 zone mixed in, the Bulldogs (4-1 overall) gave up 11 points in the first quarter and allowed just five field goals in the second half en route to the victory.

“I was really proud of how our team battled on the road in a very physical contest,” Monte head coach Leonard Barnes said. “Our half-court defense is just really good. … Our defense and rebounding were very solid tonight.”

Monte shot 36% from the field on 17-of-47 shooting, led by guard Delon Chan with 23 points.

The Bulldogs grabbed 42 rebounds in the game and had 14 steals to 22 turnovers as a team.

Barnes commended the perimeter defense of Jaxson Wilson, Terek Gunter, Tyce Peterson and Chan while praising Cam Taylor and Soren Cobb for their presence in the paint.

“We’re road warriors and we really are learning how to compete and come through adversity on the road,” Barnes said. “We’re really proud of the progress they’re making. They’re doing a good job and working really hard.”

Montesano will test itself on the road once again when it faces Columbia-White Salmon at 7 p.m. on Friday at Columbia High School.

Montesano 19 6 23 6 – 54

Castle Rock 11 6 8 6 – 31

Scoring: Montesano – Chan 23, Taylor 8, Cobb 5, Peterson 5, Damasiewicz 4, Bodwell 4, Gunter 3, Wilson 1. Castle Rock – Langdon 10, Rudolph 6, Rogen 3, Ross 3, Metcalf 2, Lefever 2, Bolavos-Flores 2, Heller 2, Keatley 1.

Tumwater 63, Aberdeen 38

Aberdeen standout senior Manny Garcia had himself quite a game but got little help as the Bobcats fell 63-38 to Tumwater on Wednesday in Tumwater.

Garcia scored 29 points to account for 76% of Aberdeen’s offensive output in the loss, shooting 9-of-20 from the floor (45%) including 6-of-14 from beyond the arc (43%).

But no other Bobcat scored more than five points as Aberdeen shot 12-for-39 as a team (31%).

The Cats (2-5, 1-2 2A Evergreen) were in the game at the half, trailing 22-15, and remained within striking distance entering the fourth quarter down by nine.

But Tumwater (3-1, 2-0) outscored Aberdeen 26-10 in the final period to put the game away.

The Bobcats committed 32 turnovers in the game, had 27 rebounds as a team – led by center Charlie Ancich with eight – and went 5-for-10 from the free-throw line (50%).

Aberdeen faces Rochester at 7 p.m. on Friday at Rochester High School.

Aberdeen 9 6 13 10 — 38

Tumwater 7 15 15 26 — 63

Scoring: Aberdeen — M. Garcia 29, Springer 5, Walsh 2, Quezada 2. Tumwater — Dillon 19, Anthony III 12, B. Morgan 10, Campbell 9, Howell 7, Wilson 4.

Raymond 51, Chief Leschi 43

Down by double-digits at the half, Raymond rallied for a second-half comeback to defeat Chief Leschi 51-43 in a key 2B Pacific League matchup on Wednesday in Raymond.

The Seagulls (3-2, 2-1 2B Pacific) trailed 27-15 after the Warriors (3-1, 1-1) went on a 14-0 run to put Raymond behind by double digits midway through the second quarter.

“At halftime, we talked about taking things one possession at a time and chipping away at the lead,” Raymond head coach Mike Tully said. “In the third quarter, we started making a run of our own.”

The Seagulls did more than just trim the lead, they erased it.

Behind 11 points in the third quarter by sophomore Chris Banker, Raymond scored 20 points in the frame to take a 35-34 lead into the final period of play.

The Seagulls pulled away over the final few minutes of the game to secure the 51-73 come-from-behind victory.

The Seagulls shot 40% from the field on 22-of-55 shooting, but the contrast between Raymond’s first and second-half performance is startling.

Raymond shot 7-for-27 in the first half (26%) and 15-for-29 (52%) in the second half.

Banker had a double-double with a team-high 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Raymond center Talan Yearout also had a big game, recording a double-double of his own with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

The Seagulls play at Forks at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Chief Leschi 9 18 7 9 – 43

Raymond 7 8 20 16 – 51

Scoring: Chief Leschi – Dillon 14, Winzer 10, Oyos 9, Lara 6, Elkins 2. Raymond – Banker 19, Yearout 17, Snodgrass 6, Welch 5, Kongbouakhay 3, Quintana 3.

Other scores

Clallam Bay 59, Taholah 48


Ocosta 48, North Beach 31

Ocosta got double-double performances from two of its top players en route to a 48-31 win over North Beach on Tuesday in Ocean Shores.

The Wildcats (4-3, 2-1 2B Pacific) shot 32% from the field on 21-of-68 shooting and were led by post players Alexia Bradley and Anna Davis.

Bradley, a senior, led Ocosta with 18 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

Davis, a sophomore, scored 13 points and had a game-high 17 rebounds – nine on the offensive glass – for the Wildcats.

Ocosta had 47 rebounds as a team – 26 on the offensive boards – 16 steals and 13 assists to 14 turnovers.

Wildcats eighth grader Bristol Towle scored 13 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Ocosta hosts Crescent at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

North Beach (1-4, 0-2) plays at Chief Leschi at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Ocosta 15 11 7 15 – 48

North Beach 2 7 14 8 – 31

Scoring: Ocosta – Bradley 18, Towle 13, Davis 11, Montes de Oca Acebedo 2, Rasmus 2, Ness 2.