Pirates Down Mountaineers in Pivotal League Battle 

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Adna senior sharpshooter Chase Collins drained five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points as the Pirates fended off Rainier, 68-59, for a crucial Central 2B League victory at home on Friday.

“It was a great Friday-night atmosphere, with two good teams who fought hard all night long,” Adna coach Luke Salme said. “Fun high school basketball.”

The Pirates used a 21-point second quarter to build a 32-21 lead at the half. The Mountaineers charged back with a 20-15 advantage in the third quarter, but the Pirates outscored Rainier 21-18 in the final frame to secure the win.

Braeden Salme added 15 points and eight rebounds, Lane Johnson tallied 12 points and Aaron Aselton chipped in nine points and drew five charges.

The Pirates used red-hot shooting, 22 of 45 from the field (49%) and 9  of 23 (39%) from deep to keep the Mountaineers at bay.

Rainier, meanwhile, was led by Jake Meldrum’s 20 points, while Ian Sprouffske added 15 and Josh Meldrum finished with nine.

The Mountaineers shot 14 of 31 (45%) from the field, including 8 of 25 (32%) from long range. Rainier hit seven 3-pointers in the second half.

Adna (9-3, 3-1 C2BL) faces 2B Pacific League power Ilwaco at the Martin Luther King Jr. Tournament at Lower Columbia College at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

Rainier (7-3, 1-2 C2BL) hosts Morton-White Pass on Monday.

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