After jumping out to a first-half lead, turnovers, fouls and cold shooting lead to Montesano’s 42-39 loss at the hands of Castle Rock on Saturday in Montesano.
Monte (1-1 overall) lead 11-3 after the first quarter after Castle Rock (2-0) went just 1-for-10 shooting in the frame.
But the Rockets chipped away at Monte’s lead, cutting the deficit to four points by halftime.
Castle Rock then took advantage of a lackluster third-quarter performance by Montesano, which scored just four points after hitting on just 2-of-9 shots.
“We kind of came out flat after halftime and stood around a little too much offensively,” Bulldogs head coach Doug Galloway said. “I’ve got to hand it to (Castle Rock),. They played better defensively and rebounded well.”
Down by as much as seven points in the fourth quarter, Monte used its full-court press to cut into the lead and mount a comeback.
“I think the kids kind of started putting on a little more pressure and found a way to get themselves back in it,” Galloway said. “We put our press on them and and our kids started to make some things happen.”
Braden Dohrmann tied the game at 39-39 with a clutch corner three with approximately 20 seconds left in the contest.
But a Monte foul coming back down the court put Castle Rock’s Jonny Boissonault to the line for a 1-and-1 with 15 second left to go. Boissonault hit the front end of his free throws to give Castle Rock the 40-39 lead.
With the game on the line, Montesano drove down court and got the ball in the hands of senior guard Carter Olsen, who drove to the elbow and attempted a long turn-around jump shot. But the attempt fell short and was corralled by Castle Rock’s Landon Gardner, who was immediately fouled for another Castle Rock 1-and-1 opportunity.
Gardner missed the first free throw, but Boissonault leaped to snatch the rebound away from Monte’s Trace Ridgway and was fouled . Boissonault made both free throws to give the Rockets a three-point lead with just 3 second left to go.
Dohrmann heaved a shot from half-court after a quick inbound pass, but the attempt fell short as the buzzer sounded, giving Monte its first loss of the young season.
Ridgway led Monte with 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
Wesley Bjornsgard and Cole Daniels added seven points apiece for the Bulldogs.
Boissonault led Castle Rock with 13 points followed by Gardner, who scored 12 points — all in the second half — for the Rockets.
Monte 60, Rochester 29
Three Bulldogs scored in double figures as Montesano opened its 2019-20 season with a 60-29 romp over Rochester on Dec. 5 in Montesano.
Carter Olsen and Colby Adams scored 12 points apiece and Trace Ridgway added 11 points as Monte got at least nine points from nine different players.
Leading by 10 after the first quarter, Monte (1-0) outscored Rochester (0-1) by 19 points in the second frame to blow the game wide open.
“I’m hoping that continues,” Monte head coach Doug Galloway said. “We’re kind of a new team together and are figuring things out. I thought our kids played hard tonight and that was our challenge to them at the beginning of the game.”
Monte shot a blistering 29-for-60 as a team (48%) and held Rochester to just 8-of-38 shooting (21%).
Seattle Christian 76, Elma 73
An eight point lead for Elma evaporated in the second half in the Eagles’ 76-73 season-opening loss to Seattle Christian on Dec. 5 in Seattle.
Elma (0-1) led 45-37 by halftime but lost its lead after Seattle Christian outscored the Eagles 21-13 in the third quarter.
“We had a really good first half. We beat their press consistently for easy buckets,” Elma head coach Jeff Niemi said. “They switched up pressures and we got a little out of sorts in the third quarter.”
Elma shot 30-for-60 from the field, including going 10-for-27 from beyond the arc.
The Eagles outrebounded Seattle Christian 31-16 and had 15 assists in the contest.
But Elma committed 27 turnovers, which Niemi said was a difference in the game.
“Great shooting and passing for us, (but we had) too many turnovers,” he said. “I’m really proud of the effort our kids showed against a solid opponent this early in the season.”
Canon Seaberg led Elma with 18 points in his first varsity start.
Nick Church added 17 points for the Eagles while Raiden Aho and Brady Johnston each scored 15 points for Elma.
Cobey Moore had eight points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Eagles.
Grays Harbor 86, Edmonds 84
Michael Sampson and Genuine Powell combined to score 49 points as Grays Harbor earned an 86-84 victory over Edmonds on Saturday at Grays Harbor College.
Coming off a 107-87 victory at Multnomah three days earlier, Grays Harbor (7-3) rallied to overcome a six-point first-half deficit behind Sampson and Powell, who scored 26 and 23 points, respectively.
The Chokers were down 71-61 with four minutes remaining in the game but went on a 12-2 run, tying the game at 73-all on a Zyare Ruffin jump shot with 48 seconds left, forcing the game into overtime.
Grays Harbor scored the first four points of overtime but saw Edmonds rally to take an 82-81 lead on a Curtis Walker jumper with 2:27 left in the extra period.
Ruffin buried a three to tie the game at 84-84 with 44 seconds left to go.