The Sideline

Saturday, August 27, 2016 This Week's Paper
Mount Tahoma seniors dominate inside, outside against Eagles

Mount Tahoma used an efficient inside and outside game and relied on a trio of seniors to top Graham-Kapowsin 79-63 at home tonight. Senior guard Brian Neal helped lead the way, scoring 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, while forward Andre Wiley added 23 points and nine rebounds and Ray West had 17 points for the Thunderbirds.

Wiley dominated inside from the start, scoring seven first-quarter points as Mount Tahoma held an 18-16 lead. Then Neal took over from the outside, scoring four baskets in the first five minutes of the second quarter to help boost the lead to 32-24. But Eagles star forward Alexander Jones kept Graham-Kapowsin in it with 15 first-half points, and Robby Gill pulled them within 32-30 with a jumper with just under two minutes left. West responded by nailing one of his three three-pointers on the night, and the Thunderbirds led 35-32 at the half.

The Eagles pulled to within 40-38 early in the second half, but Neal helped lead a 12-2 run with three baskets in the next three minutes, and West added five points during the run. The Thunderbirds controlled the fourth quarter, maintaining a nine- to ten-point lead the rest of the way.

Mount Tahoma improved to 6-1 overall on the year, and they are set to face off against River Ridge at home on Saturday night. Jones finished with 21 points and eight rebounds for Graham-Kapowsin, while Kahlil Dawson had 11 points and Gill finished with 10 points.

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