What Giovanny Evanson started his Christian King’s Way teammates finished.
Evanson, the reigning Trico League boys’ basketball player of the year, came out on fire on Wednesday in a 71-58 win over Evergreen in either team’s opener of the season.
Evanson scored the Knights’ first 14 points as King’s Way took a 14-2 lead.
From there, King’s Way completed with Ryan Tyler’s 22 points, Jamison Duke adding 12 and the Knights shooting 9 of 20 at 3 points.
“You could tell in the first two minutes of the game who was the best player on the pitch and arguably the best player in the county,” King’s Way Christian head coach Daven Harmeling said of Evanson, who finished with 21 points. “Every time he imposes himself like that on other teams, it starts to free things up for the others.”
DJ Edmonsen scored 22 points, the team’s top, and Robert Lawrence added 13 for Evergreen, who played from behind the entire game despite several comeback attempts.
Evergreen moved closer to six points in the second quarter after a 3 from Edmonsen and Lawrence.
King’s Way responded on an 8-2 streak with long-range shots from Tyler and Alex Fulton, giving the Knights a 39-29 halftime lead.
WF WEST 53, RIDGEFIELD 47 – Henry Hughes scored 14 points to lead the Spudders’ offense in the season opener at home.
SETON CATHOLIC 87, PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 22 – Jack Jenniges scored 18 points, including 12 in the first quarter, to lead four Cougars in double digits.
Rico George scored 17 points, Brady Angelo added 16 and Westy Westrick scored 14 in Seton’s season opener.
CHÂTEAU ROCK 72, WINLOCK 27 – Trystin Marin scored 21 points, Lane Partridge added 16 and the Rockets claimed a season opener.
Adam Partridge added 10 points for a Castle Rock side leading 41-14 at halftime.
SETON CATHOLIC 60, PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 25 – Maddie Willis scored 15 points, Hannah Jo Hammerstrom added 13 and the Cougars opened the season with a decisive home win.
Seton Catholic took matters into his own hands, edging Portland Christian 22-7 in the second quarter to take a 31-9 lead. Lauryn Bowyer added 11 points.
KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 67, EVERGREEN 19 – Laurel Quinn scored 24 points and Hannah Erwin had 23 as the Knights won their opener.
Christina Nguyen led Evergreen with 13 points.
THE CENTER 47, ADNA 36 – Gianna D’Emilio started the season for the Wildcats with an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double plus six steals in the victory over Adna.
Kylee Stephens topped La Center with 13 points, Alyse Webberley had 12 and Annabelle Atwood had 11.
La Center’s defense limited Adna to a single-digit score in the second, third and fourth quarters.
CENTRALIA 58, FORT VANCOUVER 21 – Maddie Corwin’s 18 points led all scorers while Emily Wilkerson (14 points) and Makayla Chavez (13) hit double digits in Centralia’s home win.
Georgiana Kalamafoni scored five points, the highest for her team, for visiting Fort Vancouver.
The stars of the day
- Addysen Case, Skyview Girls Bowling, had a good 197 game to lead the Storm over Prairie.
- Mountain View boys’ Yonten Ghadong won the 50-meter butterfly and 150-meter individual medley in a season opener Mark Morris.