Kentridge’s Owen Paznokas looks to deny a shot by Battle Ground’s Kaden Perry during the Chargers’ 66-54 opening-round win at the 4A Hardwood Classic on Wednesday. COURTESY PHOTO, Kevin Hanson, Enumclaw Courier-Herald

Kentridge’s Owen Paznokas looks to deny a shot by Battle Ground’s Kaden Perry during the Chargers’ 66-54 opening-round win at the 4A Hardwood Classic on Wednesday. COURTESY PHOTO, Kevin Hanson, Enumclaw Courier-Herald

Chargers roll into quarterfinals

Paznokas scores 22 points, collects 11 rebounds in win against Battle Ground

Owen Paznokas scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Kentridge ousted Battle Ground 66-54 in the opening round of the 4A Hardwood Classic at the Tacoma Dome on Wednesday.

The ninth-seeded Chargers (21-7) – appearing at the state tournament for the first time since 2014 – advance to play No. 2 Gonzaga Prep (22-2) in the quarterfinals at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Battle Ground finished its season 18-10.

Cruz Medina scored 14 points and handed out seven assists, Moses Moore had 12 and Jeremy Banks finished with nine points and six assists for Kentridge.

The Chargers shot 51.6 percent from the field, hitting six of eight 3-pointers, in the first half to build a 40-23 halftime lead.

Kentridge’s Jeremy Banks dribbles the ball up the floor with teammate Adrian Pop and Battle Ground’s Vincent McCormic joining the chase during state playoff action Wednesday.	COURTESY PHOTO, Kevin Hanson, Enumclaw Courier-Herald

Kentridge’s Jeremy Banks dribbles the ball up the floor with teammate Adrian Pop and Battle Ground’s Vincent McCormic joining the chase during state playoff action Wednesday. COURTESY PHOTO, Kevin Hanson, Enumclaw Courier-Herald

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