By AARON MEAD
ILWACO — The Peninsula’s first time hosting a portion of the BNB basketball camp brought kids from throughout the Northwest to enjoy the beach and play two or three short basketball games per day.
Ilwaco played winning basketball at the June 24-27 event but saw one of their most creative offensive players, Calvin Baze, go down with a serious summer ball injury for the second straight year. Baze, who will be a junior, suffered a knee injury that is feared to be an ACL tear, according to coach Tim Harrell. Last year, Baze broke his leg during summer play, then returned late in the winter season and provided a major boost to Ilwaco’s offense.
Ilwaco already had John Glenn out with a separated shoulder and, by the end of the week, had just six players available. In fact, when Tenyson Ramsey briefly had to leave Thursday’s game with a bloody nose, Ilwaco was down to just five players. With teams worn out, games on Thursday were shorter than those at the rest of the tournament, with two running-clock 15-minute halves.
The short-handed Fishermen managed to win that final game, against Granger.
“I know everyone’s tired, but it’s just you,” Harrell told them during a timeout. Ilwaco led 34-18 before an 8-0 Granger run. Ilwaco annoyed some visiting fans with late-game stalling tactics but came away with a comfortable 40-26 win. The Fishermen finished the tournament 8-1, their only loss coming by a 49-40 score against unbeaten Adna.
Naselle made the short trip to Ilwaco and started its week with a 67-26 romp over Quilcene. The Comets’ week ended with a 34-26 loss to Adna Thursday. Over all, they went 4-5 after an 8-2 record at the Soap Lake portion of the BNB the previous week.
“As far as hosting for the first time, I think things went well,” Harrell said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to do it again…I think it was really good for the merchants, bringing all these teams in…The organization, BNB, does all the scheduling and hires the refs. But it took volunteers to open the schools and man the clocks. It was a big community effort. It was a big task for the (school) district. The custodial staff did a fantastic job. We got a lot of compliments from coaches on how clean everything was, and how much they enjoyed their time at the beach.”