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Darrington crushes Quilcene, scoots past Life Christian
A tall, athletic Quilcene Ranger team came to Darrington with high hopes of spoiling the Loggers playoff run. It turned out they were no match for the sweet shooting Logger team, who won handily 70-42.
The game played Feb. 14 marked the first step at Tri-Districts for the Loggers who look to be a force in this years postseason play. Led by Derrick Greens 16 points and Mike Parris 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists, the Loggers disposed of the Rangers to put themselves into a clash with Life Christian.
We played solid but I still think our best basketball is ahead of us, said Coach Jeff Bryson following the game. We werent our sharpest out there tonight but our talent came through in the end. We have a lot of different weapons and we made them work for their points. They have a great transition team and we slowed them down.
His players felt good about the win but did not look too far ahead on the schedule.
I feel good about the way were playing, said forward Mike Parris. The intensity is great and were playing together as a team. Were having a lot of fun.
We picked it up in the second half today, said shooting guard Cory Hoveskeland. As a player I think we can win it all this year, and every year.
Coach Bryson hedged his enthusiasm with some deference to their opponents from Life Christian.
I assume the game with Life Christian is going to be a battle, said Bryson. They play in a good 1A league all year, so well need to step up to a different level.
Darrington did just that in winning 53-45 over the Life Christian Eagles on Feb. 17.
We got off to a tough start down 6-0, and then regrouped, said Coach Bryson. We started hitting some shots and led by six at halftime.
Darrington built a 10 point lead in the second half before Life Christian made a furious rally at the end of the game. In the last two minutes the Eagles cut Darringtons lead to four points with 25 seconds to go. The Loggers then scored on a long inbounds play, effectively ending the comeback attempt.
We got a layup off our press breaker, said Bryson, and that sealed the deal. We hit nine 3-pointers in the game, including four by Mark Jones.
Jones led the Loggers in scoring with 14 points. Mike Parris added 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Darrington faces Chief Leschi in the semi-finals of the Tri-District tournament. A win moves them on to state.