Mules lose one game, win two
January 12, 2023
The Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball team followed a loss to Morton/White Pass last Thursday with wins against Willapa Valley and Winlock this week.
In the Mules 52-44 loss to MWP on Thursday, Zakk Carlson scored 16 points, Brodie Avalon had 13, and Kyler Sause added eight. Jacob Johnson had three points, and Dominic Curl and Titan Niemela had two apiece.
"Going into the season, I think everyone would anticipate MWP to be the number one team in the league," Coach Todd Souvenir said. "I think the kids were ready for the challenge and excited for it. I thought we played physical and hard the entire game. To hold that team to 29 points in three quarters was definitely positive."
"I told the boys that was the most exciting and best performance of the year, even though we ended up losing," Souvenir added. "We were in the game with one of the top teams in the league and it had nothing to do with our offense, it was based on our defense. As long as we are improving defensively, we improve our chances to continue our season in a very tough league."
Souvenir praised Niemela, Curl, and Sause. Thanks to their defensive work on the inside against MWP's 6'7" Josh Salguero, he was held to 11 points.
Mules 11 9 9 15 44
Morton/WP 10 6 13 23 52
On Saturday, the Mules easily won a rescheduled contest against Willapa Valley 73-51.
"Willapa is one of the better teams in the 1B," Souvenir said. "I was a little worried after the loss to MWP, about them regrouping and being prepared for that challenge. We started out pretty good, but we gave up some offensive rebounds. Throughout that game I really challenged the guys to be more physical and give the same effort they did against MWP.
"We played better offensively in that game, and we continued the effort defensively, especially on the boards. Dom is our emotional leader and he did a lot of good things in that game."
Avalon scored 20 points and had eight rebounds. Carlson had 19 points. Sause added 16 more and Johnson and Grant Wilson had five points each. Curl scored four points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Niemela had three points and Maddox Moore finished the game with one.
Willapa Valley 11 12 9 19 51
Mules 17 19 21 16 73
On Tuesday, Brodie Avalon scored a career high 43 points in a 90-57 win against Winlock, tying the school record for most points in a game.
"Everybody was hot," Souvenir said, "but it was fun to see them come together and be excited for Avalon throughout the game."
As a team, the Mules shot 12 for 20 from three point range, 20 for 32 inside the arc, and 14 for 15 from the free throw line.
With a coming contest against a tough Napavine team on Thursday, the Mules prepared by playing a faster pace than usual against a young Winlock team.
After what was a fun game for the Mules, the team celebrated for a minute, Souvenir said, but it was time to rest and get ready for the next one.
Avalon also had six rebounds, five steals, and four assists. Carlson added 20 points, five steals, and three assists. Curl had seven points and four assists. Sause had seven points and six rebounds. Niemela scored four points. Nathan Garrett, Johnson, and Wilson finished with three points each.
Mules 23 32 23 12 90
Winlock 17 12 16 12 57
The Mules host Napavine tonight (Thursday), Toledo on Saturday and travel to Adna next Wednesday.