SOUTH BEND — Late in the fourth quarter, the Indians got within five points of Ilwaco as they sought their first league win. But the Fishermen, who struggled on offense after a strong start, hit eight of 10 free throws in the final 1:19 to clinch a 44-33 win. Ilwaco improved to 6-3 in league play and 7-6 overall, while South Bend fell to 0-8 and 1-11.
Tenyson Ramsey hit a layup off the opening tip just five seconds into the game. Daniel Whiting gathered a loose ball and scored for a 13-2 lead, then took off down the sideline, caught a pass from Alex Kaino and scored against two defenders to give the Fishermen the 15-2 lead they held after one quarter.
Reese Tynkila dominated in the paint in the first half, scoring ten points. But apart from Tynkila and Whiting, Ilwaco was struggling to score, getting just eight second-quarter points to lead 23-14 at the break.
Ilwaco took its biggest lead midway through the third quarter; Alex Kaino scored on a fast break, then Whiting hit a corner three-pointer in transition to make it 31-16 with over three minutes remaining in the period. After that, the Fishermen went cold again, and South Bend chipped away. Cody Jones’s steal and score cut it to 33-26 with 6:05 in the game. Drew Rose’s three-point play on a put-back cut it to 34-29 with 3:32 remaining.
Ilwaco answered with a feed by Kaino to Tynkila near the basket for an easy two points with 3:22 to go. South Bend repeatedly turned the ball over and had to start intentionally fouling with 1:19 to go, when Tynkila knocked down two free throws. Ilwaco buried six more free throws in the final 36.5 seconds to come away with the victory.
Tynkila scored 15 points. Whiting provided a much-needed offensive boost on a rough offensive week for Ilwaco; he was the only scorer in double figures earlier in the week against Northwest Christian. “He’s the only kid playing loose right now,” Harrell said.
IHS 46 NWC 41
Ilwaco won at Northwest Christian 46-41, led by 11 points from Daniel Whiting.
“We couldn’t get out of our own way on offense,” coach Tim Harrel said. The Fishermen managed just seven points in the first quarter. Daniel Whiting carried them through the second and third quarters with 11 of their 25 combined points during those periods, including three three-pointers.
The Fishermen built a third quarter lead, but the Navigators cut into the lead toward the end of the period. A full-court buzzer-beater that Ilwaco coach Tim Harrel estimated at 85 feet swished in for Northwest Christian, leaving Ilwaco clinging to a 32-30 lead.
“We maintained a four to six-point lead throughout most of the fourth quarter,” Harrell said. But late in the game, Ilwaco missed three front-ends on one-and-ones. That allowed the Navigators some extra chances, but they could not capitalize.