MENLO — Naselle broke open a 23-21 game with a fast-break-fueled 32-7 run, beating South Bend 72-46 in the first round of the Jack Q. Pearson Holiday tournament Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Antonio Nolan took control early on for Naselle. After attacking and getting to the line for the game’s first points, he stopped a three-on-one with a quick swipe, took it the other way, drew a foul and hit two free throws. Kolby Glenn poked it away from Logan Stamos and scored, and Nolan followed with another steal and score for an 8-2 lead. It looked like the Comets would run the Indians out of the building, but South Bend hit three three-pointers, the Comets started missing, and the Indians lingered in the game until the late second quarter.
On a missed South Bend free throw, the Comets got out running again, with Donny Edwards beating the defense down-court and scoring on a baseline drive for a 27-21 lead. After Nolan twisted and turned in the lane for a score, Donny Edwards followed with back-to-back steal-and-score plays, and Jacob Eaton stole another one at half-court, feeding Edwards for a sudden 35-21 lead with 1:51 remaining in the half. Nolan then intercepted a long pass, leading to a Cole Dorman basket on a high-low feed from Eaton. By halftime, the Comets led 39-25.
Edwards started the second half with a corner three, giving him 11 points in a span of under five minutes. The Comets kept their fast-break show going. Nolan went back to intercept another deep pass, then turned and fired an outlet to Glenn for an easy two and a 51-28 lead. Nolan followed with a steal and feed to Edwards, then a blocked shot in transition that led to another Edwards layup for a commanding 55-28 advantage.
Ethan Lindstrom poured in nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for Naselle. Edwards finished with 15, Glenn had 14, and Nolan added 11. Logan Stamos led South Bend with 12 points.
Kanppa boys outscore NHS
NASELLE — Knappa took charge quickly in an 81-54 win at Naselle Saturday, Dec. 30. The Comets fell to 5-4, while Knappa improved to 7-2.
Timber Engblom exploded to the basket for the game-opening score, buried a three-pointer, and converted a three-point play off his own interception for a 14-2 lead 2:36 into the game. Engblom scored 12 points in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Dale Takalo dominated in the post for an 18-point first half, and the Loggers led 47-20 by the break.
While the 6’3” Dale and Eli Takalo each scored inside, and the 5’10 guard Engblom drove for layups, the Comets had to settle for tougher shots, making 37% to Knappa’s 58%. Kolby Glenn hit a couple of tough floaters in the first half, then hit a pair of three-pointers early in the third quarter. Jacob Eaton got going in the third, feeding on offensive rebounds and scoring 13 points in the period, during which both teams scored 22 points.
Dale Takalo finished with 25 points, Eli Takalo added 11, and Engblom scored 21 on nine of 12 shooting. For Naselle Eaton scored 22, Glenn had 15, including three three-pointers, and Donny Edwards scored 10.
The loss to an Oregon opponent did not affect the Comets’ RPI ranking, which is currently seventh place among Washington 1B schools. Naselle will open league play Thursday, hosting Columbia Adventist at 7:00. They will host Winlock for a non-league game Saturday at 6:00.
Valley wins tourney
MENLO — Host Willapa Valley won the four-team Jack Q. Pearson tournament with a 58-45 victory over Naselle Thursday, Dec. 28.
Antonio Nolan hit his first four three-point attempts as the Comets took a 15-6 lead. The Comets led 18-12 after a quarter, Nolan accounting for all the scoring with his thirteen points and two assists.
The Vikings started the second period on an 18-2 run fueled by offensive rebounding, on their way to a 35-24 halftime lead.
Valley’s Logan Walker scored nine of his 20 points in the third quarter, keeping the Vikings’ lead comfortable. Donny Edwards cut it to 40-32 with a corner three, then drove and handed off to Jacob Eaton to cut it to eight again at 42-34, but the Comets never got closer.
Ryon Ashley and Matt Pearson scored 14 apiece to support Walker’s 20-point effort. Nolan finished with 18 on six of 11 shooting for the Comets, while Eaton added 13 on six of nine.