Boys basketball: Battle Ground remains alive, beats Gig Harbor

By Paul Valencia, Columbian high school sports reporter



TACOMA — The Battle Ground Tigers had a plan going into their elimination game Saturday in the Class 4A bi-district boys basketball tournament.

“We just wanted to come out and play like we do,” Nate Moring said.

And try to erase the bad memories from their last game.

The Tigers kept their season alive with a 65-61 victory over Gig Harbor in the consolation bracket at Mount Tahoma High School. That came two days after losing their opening round game by 24 points.

Battle Ground (15-8) will play again Tuesday in another must-win game. If the Tigers win Tuesday, they will have two chances to win one game to make it to the state regionals, the sweet 16.

First, the Tigers had to get by Gig Harbor.

Jamie Ford scored 15 points, leading four Tigers in double figures. Moring had 13 off the bench, including a big 3-pointer with less than three minutes to go in the game.

“Just go in there and give what I can for as long as I can,” Moring said of the mindset of a reserve.

Moring’s 3-pointer with 2:43 to play gave the Tigers a five-point lead at 54-49.

The Tigers would then make 11 of their next 12 free throws to seal the victory. They needed a strong performance at the line, too, because Gig Harbor made six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Jamie Ford went 8 for 8 from the line.

Devin Johnson had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He also blocked two shots. Damian Ford had 10 points and five assists for the Tigers.


GIG HARBOR — Chris Drake 9, Chad Glover 15, Nick Edens 9, Casey Drake 6, Casey Gearhart 16, Sam Gagliardi 6, Bobby Blaser 0, Sam Lovrak 0. Totals 21-49 (9-19) 10-13 61.

BATTLE GROUND — Jamie Ford 15, Damien Ford 10, Devin Johnson 11, Josh Lemar 7, Colby Cahoon 9, Nate Moring 13, Taylor Smith 0, Keaton Hoots 0. Totals 18-49 (8-24) 21-29 65.

Gig Harbor 14 12 13 22—61

Battle Ground 14 12 19 20—65