TENINO — You can’t get off to a much better start as a coach than with a win, and the Tenino boys basketball team got just that in Ryan Robertson's first game as the Beavers' coach in a 51-37 win over Raymond at Brock Court Wednesday in a non-league matchup.
The Beavers were near-deadlocked with the Seagulls — after Raymond got a warmup win Tuesday against Onalaska — at the half, holding a slim, 27-24 lead in a tough shooting outing for both teams before Tenino’s Noah Schow took matters into his own hands.
The sophomore scored over half of his 29 points in the second half, shooting just under 50% from the floor to lead the Beavers to the win Wednesday night.
“I thought he took over pretty well, he’s a good scorer but he’s also a good teammate and defends like crazy,” Tenino coach Ryan Robertson said. “Once we get the defensive-end figured out, we’ll be that much better, but he played great on both ends.”
Though Robertson was happy with getting a win in his return to Brock Court as a coach, after starring at Tenino as a player, there’s still plenty his team needs to work on after just one game.
“We had great energy, we got tired in our first game, but the energy was always there,” Robertson said. “It’s so new. We have to execute our offense too and have put in a bunch of time in that. The matchup that we play is a great defense, and I don’t know if we rotated correctly once but we still created a lot of turnovers because we’re so long. That length we have makes us tough to score on and once we start getting those rotations down, I feel pretty good about our potential.”
Schow was the only Beaver in double figures, but Brody Noonan added eight boards, and Jack Burkhardt had five points and nine boards to lead the effort on the glass. Austin Gonia had nine points and three assists, as well.
The Beavers head to Columbia Adventist for their next game on Saturday at 7 p.m.