Schow, Gonia lead shorthanded Beavers over Wolves


Entering Friday’s game against Black Hills, the Tenino boys basketball team was down three starters, and they ended up playing just five players.

Noah Schow and Austin Gonia did enough to lead the Beavers to a road win, however, as the duo combined for 48 points and 34 rebounds in a 53-45 win.

“It just speaks to the effort these guys gave and the heart that they have,” Tenino coach Ryan Robertson said. “It was impressive. To go on the road to a 2A school and get that win, you just can't say enough about that.”

Tenino (3-2) led 26-14 at the half, but Black Hills (2-2, 1-0 2A EvCo) responded with a strong third quarter to cut the deficit to eight seven entering the fourth quarter. The Beavers were able to hold on thanks to a strong fourth, however, one where they outscored the Wolves 15-14.

Tenino out-rebounded Black Hills 42-26, and Schow and Gonia combined for 10 offensive boards.

Schow paved the way offensively, as he shot 13 for 26 from the field and scored 33 points.

“Probably the best game Noah has played so far,” Robertson said. “Just so controlled … People know he’s a guy, and for him to still get 33 is pretty impressive.”

Gonia had success in a smaller sample size, as he shot 4 of 7 with 15 points.

Simon Nysted led the Wolves in scoring with 17.

Black Hills will resume league play on Wednesday with a trip to Shelton, and the Beavers will host East Jefferson tomorrow.