Toledo big man Donevin Merly (foreground, right) goes up for two of his 15 points during Friday night's 60-46 match against Adna.
When Toledo came to the Central 2B League, they learned two rivalries would quickly materialize. They dropped both matches to top-ranked Morton/White Pass and spilt the regular season match-ups with Adna with a 60-46 victory over the Pirates on Friday night at Toledo High School.
In the previous 57-47 loss at Adna, The Indians were hurt by Pirate point guard Jerett Latimer. This time, Forrest Wallace, a defensive specialist, held Latimer to a goose-egg in the scoring column. In the meantime, Wallace contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and tallied five assists not to mention several steals and general harassment of Latimer.
Early in the game, Toledo's Grant McEwen was hot and scored most of his 17 points in the opening quarter as the Indians dashed to a 17-9 first quarter lead.
Donevin Merly also had some great opening moments for the Indians and finished with a flurry with 15 points as Adna ventured one last gasp in the fourth quarter. By that time, the Pirates had their two best defenders on McEwen and Brent Wood who was held to a relatively quiet night of 10 points.
"I switched a couple guys. We were just staying off the big guy and made Donevin be a big guy like he is," said Head Coach Grady Fallon. "He was so awesome. I am so proud of him because two years ago he was not even playing."
"That first time we played them [Adna] we were unprepared and didn't know what we were going in to," said big man Merly. "This time we came out with confidence and put them away."
Following the game, Toledo won a tie-break coin toss to earn the second seed from the Central League. They earned the right to face the number-seven team from the Pacific League, Rainier, Wash., on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Toledo High School
Let the annual basketball post season begin for Toledo High School. This time, it may end in Spokane, not Yakima.