4A state basketball: Battle Ground eliminated in first round by Kentridge, 66-54

first_img By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: @MegWochnick Subscribe Today Share: GO Battle Ground TigersVideo 5 Photos To qualify for the postseason, Battle Ground topped Camas in overtime to finish third in the 4A Greater St. Helens League, won a bi-district play-in game followed by three straight elimination-game victories to keep its season alive.Hunter-Holiday and fellow senior Vincent McCormic were part of the team sophomore year that finished tied for last in the 4A Greater St. Helens League and made a 12-win improvement in two years.“We left them in a good spot,” McCormic said.Perry agrees, as one of three underclassmen who start for the Tigers. By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer Published: February 27, 2019, 3:59pm Kentridge took its first double-digit lead at 25-15 minutes into the second quarter, and Battle Ground never got closer than the final score the rest of the way. Perry picked up his second foul with 6:53 left in the second, but didn’t stay on the bench long. He returned inside 5 minutes left in the half and scored the Tigers’ final six points.Kentridge led 40-23 at halftime.For a team that had multiple game-winning plays this season on offense and defense, the early deficit was too big to overcome, senior KeAndre Hunter-Holiday said.“A lot of their shots were falling,” he said, “and we weren’t getting a lot of our own shots to fall.” “I knew at the beginning (of the season) we had something special and to make it here,” Perry said. “I was hoping we’d get further, but still proud of everything we’ve done and everything we’ve accomplished.” Meg Wochnick Columbian staff writer Gallery: Battle Ground vs Kentridge State Basketball Photo Gallerycenter_img That’s certainly been Battle Ground’s trend in coach Manny Melo’ first two seasons. After a six-win season two years ago, the Tigers went on a postseason run filled with close contests and late-game dramatics to earn their first state berth since the 2001-’02 season.The loss ends Battle Ground’s season at 18-10 overall. Kentridge  (21-7) advances to the 4A state quarterfinals against No. 2 Gonzaga Prep on Thursday.Perry, the Tigers’ 6-foot-9 forward, finished with 20 points on 10-of-19 shooting, 17 rebounds and five blocks Wednesday before fouling out with 3 minutes, 10 seconds left in the game as Kentridge built a 17-point lead. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. TACOMA — This time, Battle Ground didn’t have the late-game theatrics. No game-winning shots or defensive stops in the final possession.But players were confident postgame after a 66-54 loss to Kentridge to open the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament Wednesday that their program is headed in the right direction, despite an early state departure.And reaching the Tacoma Dome for the first time in 17 years helped that.“I’m hoping with this taste,” sophomore forward Kaden Perry said, “we keep going up. 4A state basketball: Battle Ground eliminated in first round by Kentridge, 66-54 Perry with 20 points, 17 boards as Tigers finish 18-10 overall Share: Battle Ground’s Kaden Perry blocks a shot from Kentridge’s Moses Moore during the 4A Hardwood Classic at the Tacoma Dome on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (Nathan Howard/The Columbian) Photo Gallery 15 Photos meg.wochnick@columbian.com The Chargers built their first 19-point lead inside 2 minutes to play in the first half, and led by as many as 20 in the fourth, and never letting Battle Ground make a big run to cut into its deficit.Kentridge’s hot outside shooting — 6 of 8 from 3 in the first half, 9 of 15 from behind the arc for the game — proved to be a difference-maker not seen in the teams’ first two meetings this season, and first since Battle Ground’s 56-44 bi-district win over the Chargers on Feb. 16.“That was a big X-factor for them,” Melo said. “Hats off to them. They shot it and shot it well, and we didn’t.”Battle Ground did shoot 41 percent for the game, but only hit 2 of 13 3-point attempts. Tags KENTRIDGE 66, BATTLE GROUND 54KENTRIDGE—Cruz Medina 14, MOses Moore 12, Jeremy Banks 9, Jett Briceno 3, Owen Paznokas 22, Isaiah Haynes 3, Keshawn Douglas 0, Covaughn Jeffrey 0, Ben Victoria 0, Adrian Pop 3, Natano Woods 0, Drew Liddell 0. Totals 26-62 (9-15) 5-9 66.BATTLE GROUND—KeAndre Hunter-Holliday 6, Vincent McCormic 6, Nathan Millspaugh 13, Brendan Beall 5, Kaden Perry 20, Jaiden Linville 1, Colin Barton 1, Lukas Karlsson 2, David Reed 0, Cole Bowden 0. Totals 22-53 (2-13) 8-13 54.Kentridge 17 23 15 11 — 66Battle Ground 13 10 14 17 — 54 (360) 735-4521last_img read more

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ProLTTE group to hold a sitting of its Parliament in Canada

A pro-LTTE group announced it will be holding a sitting of its “Parliament” in Canada with the participation of members from around the world.The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) led by former LTTE member and peace negotiator Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, will hold its 8th Sitting of its 2nd Parliament from January 19th to 21st in Toronto, Canada, the TGTE said in a statement. TGTE Members of Parliament from around the world along with TGTE Members of the Senate, Advisory Committee, Ethics Commission, and Election Commission, will be attending, the TGTE said. The TGTE said that ut is expected that there will be a discussion on the impact of the upcoming Local Government elections and the Sri Lankan Government’s Interim Constitutional proposal on the Tamil national struggle to realize right to self-determination and to secure remedial justice. TGTE “Cabinet Ministers” will submit their reports about the progress of their respective ministries to the Parliament for discussion and approval. TGTE’s annual budget will also be submitted to the Parliament.Discussions will be also held about bringing legal actions under Universal Jurisdiction in various domestic judicial tribunals. Several international dignitaries are attending and will speak during the opening Session. The TGTE Parliament or self proclaimed Government members are not recognised by any country. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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