It wasn’t a pretty start, but it certainly did the trick.
Toledo is headed to state for the third consecutive year following a 54-25 drubbing of Napavine at LeBaron Court on Wednesday. The Southwest District Tournament win ensures them a state seed and a semifinal meeting with Kalama on Friday.
Fano Arceo-Hansen led the Indians with 12 points, and added six rebounds. Post Westin Wallace grabbed 11 boards, Hayden Farbo scored 11 points and Bryce Marcil dropped 10 points.
“You know, you can’t take anything for granted in this league,” Toledo coach Grady Fallon said. “I think the guys did a good job of staying focused. This long break was torture, really. You get up to see if you’re going to play. ‘Oh nope, not again.’ Then you practice after you’ve reviewed everything and kind of put in your gameplan.
“You try to stay loose, and we were in this boat last year when we had nine days off but we lost to a fifth-place team. So I told these guys they’re lucky to have that experience to know what not to do.”
The Indians held Napavine to 11 first-half points after holding the Tigers scoreless for the first seven minutes and never allowed more than eight points in any quarter. Toledo held a 23-11 lead at halftime.
“I was really pleased with our defense,” Fallon said. “They’ve got three pretty solid guys who can get 10 or 15 points any night, so our guys were ready for the challenge. (Cade) Evander had 20 against us last time, so Farbo wanted another chance to do it better the next time. I am relieved. We can stay in the top eight (in RPI rankings) and go to Spokane regardless.”
The team can now relax and play ball.
“It feels really good,” Arce-Hansen said. “We were running all week just waiting for a game, so it felt good tonight.”