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Wednesday's College Basketball: Centralia's Balanced Scoring Helps Blazers Crush Grays Harbor

The Chronicle, Centralia, Wash. — The Chronicle, Centralia, Wash.

Jan. 10--Centralia had five players in double figures to help the Blazers earn a 101-80 win over Grays Harbor in an NWAC West Region men's basketball game here on Wednesday.

Liam Murphy led the Blazers with 17 points and four assists. Marqus Gilson added 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks and Collin Prangley added 15 points.

Tyler Ashmore came off the bench and scored 13 points and Nathan Hoff chipped in 12 points.

Zyare Ruffin scored 25 points to lead all scorers and Carl Fisher Jr. added 17 points for the Chokers.

"They did good. They stuck to the game plan, started off a little rocky," Centralia coach Jason Moir said. "We haven't seen a lot of presses and stuff so it was a little bit of an adjustment early on but once we kind of figured it out and got some guys in the middle and down the sideline, we kind of did a little better job of taking care of what we needed to."

The biggest difference was from behind the arc, with the Blazers knocking down 10 shots from behind the arc while Grays Harbor made just five of their 3-pointers. Centralia also had 37 points off the bench while Grays Harbor received just 11 points from their bench.

It was a back and forth opening half with the Blazers leading 48-40 at intermission. Centralia was able to open up a big lead in the second half and cruise to the win.

"Regardless of what we did in the preseason, everything starts today. It's great to get a win in our house and stay undefeated so far in league," Moir said. "That's what we've got to do is just focus on these next 13 games now."

With a big lead in hand in the second half, Michael Brown checked into the game and scored five points to send the crowd and Centralia bench into a frenzy.

"It's great. Mike had an opportunity last year without some of the depth that we have this year," Moir said. "It's awesome to have him come out there and be able to get that shot off. He's a great shooter, I'm surprised he missed the other ones so hopefully we can continue to do this and give him an opportunity to be out there on the floor."

Centralia (11-5, 1-0) faces Lower Columbia on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Longview in a West Region matchup.

Women's Basketball

Centralia's Big Third Quarter Leads to Victory Over Grays Harbor

Centralia scored 24 points in the third quarter to pull away from Grays Harbor and hang on for a 66-54 win in an NWAC West Region women's basketball game at Michael Smith Gymnasium in Centralia on Wednesday.


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