TOLEDO — The Fishermen took on a top Central League contender on the road and came up a little bit short, falling 45-41 against the Toledo Indians Saturday, Dec. 2. Toledo’s decisive 13-0 run at the end of the second quarter gave them a ten-point halftime lead. Daniel Whiting fueled Ilwaco’s comeback attempt, leading the Fishermen with 14 points. Toledo was third-place in the Central League last season at 13-3, while Ilwaco finished 13-3 to take second in the Pacific.
The game was a tight defensive contest from the start, tied at 11 after one quarter. John Glenn broke the tie with a deep three-pointer, and Alex Kaino followed with a steal and score. Tenyson Ramsey’s three-pointer restored Ilwaco’s lead at 19-16 with 3:58 to go in the half. However, the visitors did not score again until the 4:27 mark in the third quarter, a span of seven and a half minutes. Toledo improved its shooting, got going in transition off Ilwaco misses, and scored the last 13 points of the half.
In the third quarter, Reece Wallace made a spectacular play for Toledo, breaking on a pass to Alex Kaino, ripping the ball loose and scoring for the Indians’ largest lead at 31-19. But those were Toledo’s only points in the first five minutes of the half as Ilwaco clamped down on defense.
Whiting, a first-year varsity player, helped revive Ilwaco’s offense. Late in the third, he saved an offensive rebound, making a perfect bounce pass as he fell out of bounds, eventually knocking down his second three-pointer of the game on the play. Glenn followed with his second three-pointer of the quarter, bringing Ilwaco within three.
With Toledo’s lead back to nine in the fourth quarter, Whiting buried another three-pointer, then hit two free throws after being fouled on an offensive rebound for a personal 5-0 run that cut it to 39-35. Whiting twice more drew fouls on tough rebounds in traffic, hitting three free throws, which had Ilwaco within three again at 41-38 with just 2:06 to play.
The Indians turned to Wallace, who drove the baseline and handed off to Fano Arceo-Hansen right under the basket for two easy points, stretching the lead to five at the 1:49 mark. Ilwaco missed its next two three-point attempts. Alex Kaino hit a tough three-pointer with a hand in his face, but it came with only 15.8 seconds left, cutting the final margin to four.
Reece Wallace led the Indians with 14 points, Westin Wallace had 12 and Arceo-Hansen chipped in 12. For Ilwaco Glenn had nine points to go with 14 for Whiting.
IHS 69, Ocosta 56
OCOSTA — Alex Kaino went off for 23 points to lead Ilwaco to a 69-56 win at Ocosta Friday, Dec. 1, improving the Fishermen’s record to 2-0 in their opening week of league play.
IHS 67, SB 32
ILWACO — The Fishermen cruised to a 67-32 victory in its season opener against South Bend, pulling away with a 22-4 run in the first half. Nine Ilwaco players scored in the Wednesday, Nov. 29 win.
John Glenn buried two three-pointers in the opening minutes, with Tenyson Ramsey adding another. A three by South Bend’s Raul Mora cut the lead to 11-7, but the Fishermen dominated the rest of the half. After Glenn intercepted a pass and took it the other way for a layup, Ramsey made a crafty play to poke the ball away right near the basket and score, extending the lead to 22-9. Jeb Sheldon’s putback capped the 22-4 run, making it 33-11 until Mora hit another three just before the half. Glenn scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half, when Ramsey also scored nine of his 13.
Reese Tynkila got going in the second half. He began beating defenders down-court, scoring or getting to the line early in the shot clock on feeds from Alex Kaino to pick up five points in the first two minutes of the third quarter. Tynkila ended up with 11 of his 15 points in the second half.