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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Goldendale boys fall in White Salmon


Jaryd Cline

N BALL DEFENSE: Goldendale senior guard Jess Beierle defends while Columbia's Brady Trullinger looks for an open man to pass to on Thursday in White Salmon.

The Goldendale boys hoops team held pace with Columbia High School in the first half and took a one point lead into halftime, but the Bruins tandem of Brady Trullinger and William Gross was too much for the Timberwolves down the stretch of their 72-63 loss in White Salmon.

The Bruin duo combined to score 45 of the team's points while knocking down 12 of 15 free throw attempts to help hold off the Timberwolves in the second half. The pair also found their range from beyond the arc, combining to connect on 5 of 10 shots from downtown.

Columbia jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead in the game's first four minutes and later led 13-4 before the Timberwolves started hitting stride. Junior forwards Alex Mains and Jacob Bischoff hit on back-to-back lay-ins and Bischoff later connected from 3-point range to give the Timberwolves their first lead of the game at 16-15 with 32 seconds left in the opening quarter. Mains then split a pair of free throws before the Bruins scored up close to even the score at 17 after the first eight minutes.

After White Salmon opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer and a 3-point play from Trullinger, senior forward Edgar Vega knocked down two triples and Mains converted a 3-point play to tie the game at 30 with 3:49 left in the quarter.

After five straight Bruin points, the Timberwolves finished the half on an 8-1 run and took a 38-36 lead into halftime.

After the half however, the Bruins took the lead in the first 1:20 of the third quarter and didn't look back. They started the half on a 9-2 run and held Goldendale to just nine points in the period and led 53-47 after senior guard Jess Beierle scored on a put back to close the scoring in the third.

The fourth quarter turned into a free-throw fest, with the teams combining to chuck up 25 freebies in the game's final eight minutes. In comparison, the teams combined for 25 attempts from the charity stripe in the first 24 minutes, and 25 in the final eight minutes.

Although Goldendale has been improving from the line, the Bruins held the advantage while hitting 22-28 shots to the Timberwolves 15-22 night from the line.

Goldendale was able to remain close to the Bruins throughout the fourth, and narrowed its gap to 5 at 65-60 after senior guard Jacob Hiebert hit a 3-pointer with two minutes left, but couldn't get any closer.

Mains was the high point man for the Timberwolves with 19, while Beierle finished with 12 and Vega 10. Vega also dished out a season-high eight assists to lead the Wolves, and Beierle grabbed a team-best eight boards, including three on the offensive glass.

The Timberwolves were in action Tuesday night at home against White Swan, but results were unavailable at press time.

Goldendale 17 21 9 16 - 63

Columbia 17 19 17 19 - 72

Goldendale: Mains 19, Beierle 12, Vega 10, Bischoff 9, Hiebert 5, Doubravsky 4, Bland 2, Gunkel 2

Columbia: Trullinger 23, Gross 22, Eudave 8, Rowlen 7, Oriz-Perez 5, Howard 4, Walker 3.


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