Trailblazers Drop Fifth-Straight in First Game Back


Despite having three double-digit scorers, Centralia College men’s basketball couldn’t keep up with visiting Grays Harbor College in an 88-73 West Region loss on Wednesday.

 It was the Trailblazers’ first game back since Dec. 18 after the Northwest Athletic Conference went on a month-long pause due to rising COVID cases.

But for the Blazers, who have won just one game this season, their defensive struggles continued. They trailed by 13 at the half and were outscored 41-39 in the second half to fall to 1-11 overall and 0-1 in the West Region.

The Blazers were led offensively by Byron Taylor’s 16 points and four rebounds, while Colby White added 13 points and five assists and Christian Willis tallied 11 points.

Centralia shot 40% (24 of 59) from the field, including 42% from beyond the arc (10 of 24). The Chokers, meanwhile, shot a scorching 65% from the floor (30 of 46), including 42% from deep (8 of 19).

W.F. West grad Kayden Kelly finished with four points and an assist, while Winlock alum Bryce Cline scored nine points and added two assists and a rebound.

Willapa Valley grad Logan Walker scored 20 points for the Chokers (5-9, 1-0 West) on 8 of 13 shooting.

Centralia College heads to Green River for a 4 p.m. matchup on Saturday.