The Daily Mash-Up

Friday, August 28, 2015 This Week's Paper

In a family clash between the Cocke’ brothers – Mike coaches Foss while older brother Doug is the new coach at Stadium – it was the Falcons who came out on top, using a pestering defense to take a 51-37 road win over the Tigers tonight.

Both teams struggled offensively to start, as it was just 4-4 after three minutes, but Jerricho Ballard hit a three-pointer to make it 7-4 with just under five minutes left. But the Tigers took their first lead on Bobby Moorehead’s rebound and put-back with 30 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Falcons took control in the second quarter, as Noah Hunthausen hit a three-pointer and Dezmyn Trent added a three-pointer plus a three-point play to make it 18-11 with just three minutes left. The Falcons took a 24-15 lead into halftime on John Moore’s layup that just beat the buzzer.

Foss kept up the defensive heat in the second half, forcing the Tigers into several mistakes while maintaining a comfortable cushion. Jawan Osby hit a three-pointer with just over two minutes left in the third to give the Falcons their largest lead to that point at 34-21, and the lead kept growing early in the fourth. After Trent’s emphatic dunk and another three-pointer by Hunthausen, the lead was insurmountable for Stadium, at 42-24 with just over five minutes left.

Trent led the Falcons with 13 points, while Osby had 10 points and Hunthausen added eight points. Glackin-Coley led the Tigers with 12 points and Jacob Bills added six points, while standout guard Eric Anderson-Connolly was held scoreless until he hit two free throws late in the fourth quarter.

Maple Valley singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is asking fans to bring toys to her shows this weekend, which include stops at Olympia's Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Bellingham's Mount Baker Theatre on Sunday. Volunteers will be on hand to collect toys that are unwrapped and still in the manufacturers' packaging for donation to the Salvation Army, the Country Doctor, Women & Children's Domestic Violence Shelter, Lydia House and Project Santa.

Everyone who donates will receive a special gift, Carlile promises on her web site. She gives the hint “1984.” A bootleg CD of her covering Van Halen, maybe? Hey, she could pull it off based on this clip or Carlile with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready from one of her recent Seattle Symphony shows.

As previously featured on the Weekly Mix Tape, ILLFIGHTYOU is a new Tacoma hip-hop group that's generated a bit of buzz despite having not played a single show. The hype comes partly from the individual members pedigrees: EvergreenOne is best known for teaming up with rapper/DJ Todd Sykes in City Hall, while Ugly Frank and Khris P hail from local collective, the Sandlot (basically, Tacoma's answer to Wu-Tang Clan.)

“Gertrude” and “92,” two solid cuts that have been leaked, via Sound Cloud,do little to dispel expectations. And I was looking forward to their scheduled debut gig on Dec. 15, an opening slot for national act RiFF RaFF at the Lochs; that is, until Riff, apparently, figured he'd make more money playing Seattle twice that night.

Still fans will get a chance to hear ILLFIGHTYOU perform live on Dec. 30 – albeit, from a distance – when the trio appears on Street Sounds, the Sunday night hip-hop show on Seattle's KEXP-FM (90.3). Their in studio performance is set for 8 p.m. that night; and since KEXP abandoned its Tacoma simulcast a while back, the best way to tune in the 253 is online, at www.kexp.org.

ILLFIGHTYOU won't make their club debut until Jan. 25, an opening gig for Tacoma's Breaklites at the Crocodile Cafe. But manager Andy Hyppa expects his boys to be plenty busy till then. They've been recording tracks with the Breaklites' John McRae producing, and Hyppa expects their debut album to be out by in early 2013.

And do we need to bother with the NSFW warning before you click the embedded video? They're rappers, people! They can't not curse.

Wilson holds on after another fast start

Alphonso Anderson led four Rams in double figures with 15 points as Wilson cruised to a 75-51 win over the Washington Patriots on Wednesday night at the Byrd Gym on the Wilson campus to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

“We are working on being more disciplined in our principles on both ends of the court,” said Wilson head coach Dave Alwert. “It’s a work in progress for these young talented kids.”

Like the Gig Harbor game last Friday, the Rams got out of the gate fast, bolting to a 42-22 halftime lead only to repeat the same lack of intensity coming out of the halftime break.

“We’ve got to work on our second-half play and learn to keep our focus up,” said Alwert.

Washington picked up their intensity noticeably, with guard Elijah Fuller pouring in seven third-quarter points to trim the deficit to 14 points. But they would get no closer, as Ivy Smith ignited a 21-13 run to close it out as the Rams would coast to the easy victory. Deontre McGowen would lead the Patriots with a team-high 12 points.

One of the bright spots for the Rams in the early going is the play of the extremely talented freshman post Alphonso Anderson, who can do it all with either hand and from anywhere on the court.

“I’ve been working hard on all phases of my game, both on the inside and the perimeter, and it’s been paying off,” said Anderson, who also gives a lot of credit to his teammates. “We have a real good chemistry here and once we get clicking on all cylinders, we’ll be in real good shape.”

The Rams look forward to a week off until next Wednesday, when they open up league play by hosting the Shelton High climbers.

“We’ve really been sharing the ball well and hope to get better real soon before the meat of our league season hits,” said Alwert.

University Place Patch is reports that the Keg Steakhouse & Bar's location at 2212 Mildred St., in University Place, will close on Jan. 19. The British Columbia-based steakhouse chain decided not to renew its leases in UP or Renton, citing the struggling economy, Patch reports.

The UP location's 43 employees were notified of the decision over the weekend. That location had been open for more than 31 years.

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