The Beavs pulled out a close victory against the Long Beach State 49ers, squeaking out a 75-72 win at the Walter Pyramiid. Amongst the crowd Sunday evening in Long Beach were future Beavs Gianni Hunt (Bishop Montgomery), Jarod Lucas (Los Altos), and Julien Franklin (Villa Park), as they didn’t have to make a far of a trip as the Beavers did. Also in attendance was San Diego based professional basket a trainer Breen Weeks, who worked with Tres Tinkle in the off season to help him sharpen his swords.
Ethan Thompson scored a team leading 18 points to go with 7 rebounds in an impressive overall game as he was running the floor for easy buckets and making key baskets down the stretch. Interestingly enough, the last time Ethan played at the Walter Pyramid was when he suited up for Bishop Montgomery in the 2017 CIF Open Division SoCal State Final against Mater Dei, when he dismantled Bol Bol and company en route to a State Championship. Older brother Stevie added 17 points, going from 2-4 from three point land.
Tres Tinkle had somewhat average but effective game, adding 12 points and 9 rebounds, as he is currently atop the PAC-12 individual statistic leaders averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds. Big G added another solid performance, with 10 points and 6 rebounds of his own. Kylor Kelley added a significant stat line of 6 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks as he was either sending shots away or altering them with his 7 foot 1 frame. He also fouled out, showing that he is capable of being a fearless interior defender.
Zach Reichle proved to be a formidable sixth man, as he chipped in 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists as he sunk two three throws to seal the win for the Beavers.
The Beavs sit at a formidable 5-1 and come back home to Corvallis to take on Missouri State next Saturday at Gill.