What Giovanny Evanson started, his King’s Way Christian teammates finished.
Evanson, the reigning Trico League boys basketball player of the year, came out red-hot Wednesday in a 71-58 win over Evergreen in each team’s season opener.
Evanson scored the Knights’ first 14 points as King’s Way built a 14-2 lead.
From there, King’s Way complemented each other with Ryan Tyler’s 22 points, Jamison Duke adding 12 and the Knights shooting 9 of 20 from 3-point range.
“You could tell, first two minutes of the game, who the best player on the court was and arguably the best player in the county,” King’s Way Christian head coach Daven Harmeling said of Evanson, who finished with 21 points. “Anytime he imposes himself like that on other teams, it starts to free up things for other people.”
DJ Edmonsen had a team-high 22 points and Robert Lawrence added 13 for Evergreen, which played from behind for the entirety of the game despite several comeback attempts.
Evergreen got within six points in the second quarter following a 3 from Edmonsen and Lawrence layup.
King’s Way responded on an 8-2 run with long-range shots from Tyler and Alex Fulton, giving the Knights a 39-29 lead at halftime.
W.F. WEST 53, RIDGEFIELD 47 — Henry Hughes scored 14 points to lead the Spudders’ offense in the season-opening loss at home.
SETON CATHOLIC 87, PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 22 — Jack Jenniges scored 18 points, including 12 in the first quarter, to lead four Cougars in double figures.
Rico George scored 17 points, Brady Angelo added 16 and Westy Westrick chipped in 14 in Seton’s season-opening win.
CASTLE ROCK 72, WINLOCK 27 — Trystin Marin scored 21 points, Lane Partridge added 16 and the Rockets rolled to a season-opening win.
Adam Partridge added 10 points for a Castle Rock team that led 41-14 at halftime.
SETON CATHOLIC 60, PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 25 — Maddie Willis scored 15 points, Hannah Jo Hammerstrom added 13 and the Cougars opened the season with a decisive home win.
Seton Catholic took charge by outscoring Portland Christian 22-7 in the second quarter to take a 31-9 lead. Lauryn Bowyer added 11 points.
KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 67, EVERGREEN 19 — Laurel Quinn scored 24 points, and Hannah Erwin had 23 as the Knights won their opening game.
Christina Nguyen led Evergreen with 13 points.
LA CENTER 47, ADNA 36 — Gianna D’Emilio started the season for the Wildcats with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds plus six steals in the win at Adna.
Kylee Stephens led La Center in scoring with 13 points, Alyse Webberley had 12 points and Annabelle Atwood had 11.
La Center’s defense held Adna to single-digit scoring in the second, third and fourth quarters.
CENTRALIA 58, FORT VANCOUVER 21 — Maddie Corwin’s 18 points led all scorers while Emily Wilkerson (14 points) and Makayla Chavez (13) reached double figures in Centralia’s home win.
Georgiana Kalamafoni had a team-high five points for visiting Fort Vancouver.
Stars of the day
- Addysen Case, Skyview girls bowling, had a high game of 197 to lead the Storm over Prairie.
- Yonten Ghadong, Mountain View boys swimming, won the 50 meter butterfly and 150 meter individual medley in a season-opening Mark Morris jamboree.