While it didn’t get the result it wanted Thursday night, the Pe Ell boys basketball team celebrated three seniors, but fell to Columbia Adventist at home on senior night, 44-36.
The Trojans celebrated the playing careers of Logan Baldwin, Tristan Baker, and Kail Homan before the game.
“This particular group, to see them grow and their constant desire to get better as individuals, they’re always finding ways to contribute to the program,” Trojans coach Chris Phelps said. “They leave a legacy of buying into what we're doing and set great examples for our underclassmen. They’re leaving on a high note, they left a wonderful legacy.”
Baldwin led the way for the Trojans, who just couldn’t quite get over the hump in the loss, scoring 14 points.
Though Pe Ell executed its gameplan to near perfection, hard shots were hard to come by. The Trojans went 0-for-17 from 3-point land, 6-for-17 from the foul line, and made just 15 shots all night, including a 2-for-16 shooting line in the fourth after cutting the deficit to two.
“I’ve never seen so many shots go halfway down and back out,” Phelps said. “It had nothing to do with our effort or our execution, we did everything we possibly could and what we needed to do to take this one, but the nice thing is we get to see them next Wednesday if we take care of business on Monday.”
Though the Trojans fell Thursday night, they’ll play either North River or Lake Quinault in the first round of the 1B District 4 tournament on Monday, and if they win that, will play against the Kodiaks again with a berth into the district semifinals on the line.
“Overall, I’m very pleased with where we’re at as a team,” Phelps said. “We just have to find a way to make shots.”
The Trojans play either North River at Oakville High School or Lake Quinault at Lake Quinault on Monday at 6 p.m.