PHOTO GALLERY: Tornadoes Press Bears to Take League Opener
Yelm’s stifling full court defense and 6-4 sophomore Christian Davis’ explosion erased a 19-17 halftime deficit with an 11-3 third quarter and Yelm held on in a long and wild fourth quarter to knock off Olympia, 50-41, in the 4A Narrows League opener at Chick Rockey Gym.
Davis scored a game high 17 points including a layup at the 4:16 mark of the third quarter that gave Yelm the lead, 22-21. Davis was hammered as he knifed through traffic on the next possession and hit one of two free throws to give Yelm a two point lead before Chad Davis hit a jumper in the lane on the next possession to give the Tornadoes a 25-21 lead, one that they would never relinquish.
The two teams scored a combined 41 points in a foul and free throw filled, timeout laden fourth quarter that took nearly as long as the rest of the game to play.
Christopher Burian added 16 points for Yelm, who moved to 1-0 in the 4A Narrows League. Mitch Fettig scored 13 points and Khalil Matheney notched 10 quiet points for the Bears, who fell to 0-1 in league.