ILWACO — The Fishermen came back from a 20-4 deficit to beat Ocosta 67-58 Tuesday, Jan. 9.
Out of a timeout down 20-4, Ilwaco played with furious intensity. Alex Kaino immediately attacked the basket, then fed Reese Tynkila in the post for a score. Daniel Whiting broke on a pass and fed Tynkila for another basket. The Fishermen harried Ocosta on their next couple of possessions, preventing them from getting off a decent shot.
“I told them the other team is just playing harder,” Coach Tim Harrell said of the timeout. “And that they had to understand, [Ocosta] had nobody who could check Tynkila.”
Still, Ocosta led 20-8 after one quarter and 27-13 halfway through the second before a 15-6 Ilwaco run to close out the first half. During that stretch, Calvin Baze was in command. He drove the baseline, dribbled into traffic under the basket and calmly fired a pass out to Daniel Whiting, who buried the open three-pointer. Baze also hit a couple of pull-ups in the lane and fed Tynkila under the basket for an easy score. At the end of the half, Alex Kaino made a quick cut, took a Baze pass, went up and got fouled, hitting two free throws to cut the halftime lead to 33-28.
Tynkila had 12 points at halftime for Ilwaco. Baze said Ilwaco turned things around by feeding him. “If we drove, they helped and Reese came open” under the basket.
In the third quarter, Whiting cut the lead to 39-36 with a contested three-pointer. Tenyson Ramsey stole the ball at half-court, drew a foul and cut it to one from the free throw line. Kaino darted toward the basket on an inbound play, took the pass, hit the shot while being fouled for a three-point play that put Ilwaco ahead 41-39 at the 1:50 mark in the third quarter, its first lead since 4-3.
The stunned Wildcats made repeated mistakes and quickly found themselves down by double-digits at 50-40 with 6:46 to go in the game, but they weren’t finished. Cole Hatton’s three-pointer cut it to 52-48. Tynkila took off as Hatton shot, beating the Wildcats downcourt for an easy basket to boost the lead to six. Another Hatton three cut it to 58-53 with 1:59 left. On Ilwaco’s next possession, with the shot clock about to expire, Kaino missed a shot, but Baze made a put-back to make it a three-possession game with 74 seconds remaining.
With Ocosta down by nine, Baze fouled Kobe Beck shooting a three. Beck knocked down all three free throws to cut it to 62-56 with 50 seconds left, but the Wildcats never got closer.
Tynkila led Ilwaco with 19 points. Kaino added 14 points. Whiting had four steals and scored 13 points, 12 of them in the second and third quarters. Baze had six assists and 10 points.
Chief Leschi 68, Ilwaco 61
Chief Leschi beat Ilwaco 68-61 Friday, Jan. 12. Donnelle Irvin led the Warriors (8-3 in League play) with 19 points. Ilwaco fell to 7-4 in league play and 8-7 overall, despite 18 points by Reese Tynkila, 15 from Calvin Baze and 13 from Alex Kaino.
At press time, the Fishermen are a combined 0-4 against Life Christian, Willapa Valley and Chief Leschi, the three teams ahead of them in the standings, and 7-0 against the rest of the league. They host Life Christian Tuesday (after deadline), then host Valley Thursday at 7:00. With five games left, Ilwaco is only one behind Chief Leschi for third place, but the Fishermen do not play the Warriors again in the regular season.