The Centennial and Astoria boys basketball teams got caught up in a 3-point shooting contest Saturday night, in the third-place consolation game of the Vince Dulcich Tournament at Astoria.

Combined, the Eagles and the Fishermen launched a total of 37 3-pointers, with Centennial connecting on 11-of-19 in a 59-47 win.

The Fishermen were coming off a 66-48 loss to Redmond the night before.

The Eagles lost their tournament opener to another Cowapa League team last Thursday (54-52, to Tillamook), lost to Mark Morris on Friday, then picked up their first win of the season in Saturday’s consolation final.

It wasn’t easy, even as sophomore Ajay Hutchinson hit four 3-pointers in the first half for an eventual 26-14 lead.

Astoria rallied in the final minute of the second quarter, and when Judd Field’s desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer banked off the glass and went in, the Fishermen had cut the deficit to 26-21.

In response, Centennial’s first three made field goals of the second half all came from behind the 3-point line (Beka Waco, Brian Jlay and Hutchinson), and the Eagles pushed their lead back to 39-26 following a steal and layup by Jlay with 3:25 left in the third quarter.

In the fourth, two 3-pointers from Hutchinson and a third by Jlay gave Centennial a 53-42 lead, off-setting a pair of 3-pointers from Astoria’s Xander Marincovich and Isaac Brockman.

With seven made 3-pointers, Hutchinson led all scorers with 25 points, followed by Jlay with 15. Brockman had 16 points and Marincovich added 12 for Astoria, which plays Friday at Central.

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or ghenley@dailyastorian.com.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.