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Nov. 30, 2023

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Boys basketball highlights: One upset creates 3-way tie for first in Trico League


Don’t look now, but there’s a logjam atop the 1A Trico League boys basketball standings.

After Wednesday’s games, King’s Way Christian, La Center and Seton Catholic all find themselves at 5-2 in league with three games remaining.

The biggest surprise came at Stevenson where the last-place Bulldogs knocked off King’s Way 57-44, while Seton Catholic took care of La Center on the road, 57-46.

Of the three remaining games involving the top three teams head-to-head, King’s Way is at La Center on Friday, and Seton is at King’s Way next Wednesday.

Seton and La Center split their two games this season. King’s Way won the first meeting against Seton, 46-45, and La Center, 60-57.

SETON CATHOLIC 57, LA CENTER 46 — Lance Lee scored 18 points, Jack Jenniges had 16 and Rico George 11 as the Cougars (13-4, 5-2) won at La Center.

The Wildcats (8-9, 5-2) led 23-21 at the half. Seton led by three 39-36 after three quarters and pulled away in the fourth.

Cody Gardner, Austin Nixon and Boston Walker each had nine points for La Center.

WOODLAND 71, HOCKINSON 40 — Drew Burns scored 17 points, including four 3-pointers, as the Beavers cruised to a home win.

Beau Swett and Justin Philpot added 15 points apiece for Woodland (10-6, 8-4), which moved into third place in the 2A GSHL standings.

Burns had eight points in the first quarter as Woodland sprinted to a 23-9 lead.

Braxten Richardson scored nine points to lead Hockinson (4-12, 2-11).

COLUMBIA RIVER 69, WASHOUGAL 63 — Hezekiah Ponder scored 18 points as the Rapids held on for a 2A GSHL home win.

Columbia River (7-10, 7-6) led 38-25 at halftime. Adam Reeder scored seven of his 12 points in the fourth quarter to help keep the Panthers at a distance.

Sam Evers scored 20 points to lead Washougal (5-9, 4-8). Mather Minnis and Tucker Kneipp each added 16 points.

R.A. LONG 54, RIDGEFIELD 50 — Aeybel Milian hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute as the Lumberjacks survived a tough 2A GSHL test from the visiting Spudders.

Trailing much of the game, Ridgefield mounted an 8-0 run to pull within 47-46 with 1:38 to play.

R.A. Long responded with Cavin Holden layup, but the Spudders responded with four unanswered points. That set up Milian’s fourth 3-pointer of the game to give the Lumberjacks a 52-50 lead.

Cole Chester and Jalen Dunn each scored 10 points for Ridgefield (9-8, 8-5).

One game after setting the program career scoring record, Holden tallied 19 points for R.A. Long (13-3, 11-1).

CASTLE ROCK 58, COLUMBIA-WHITE SALMON 32 — Trystin Marin scored 16 points to lead a balanced offense as the Rockets earned a Trico League home win.

James Montgomery scored 15 points and Lane Partridge added 14 points for Castle Rock (7-8, 3-4).

Dylan Nortz scored 12 points to lead the Bruins (6-7, 1-6).

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