NASELLE — Nick Strange had been ill and didn’t start, but the sophomore point guard came off the bench to lead all scorers with 21 points, leading Naselle to a 58-39 victory over Valley in Naselle Jan. 28. It was the Comets seventh win in nine games and fifth Pacific League triumph in their last six.

“It’s almost February and our goal all year long has been to be playing our best basketball by then,” coach Brian Macy reminded his team. Naselle had held the Vikings to 25 percent shooting from the field the first three quarters and had pulled down 31 rebounds to 19 for the visitors. The Comets were shooting 51 percent at the time, knocking down 20 of 49 tries from the floor during the initial three periods.

“It is nice to be playing our best basketball and it was nice for me to start tonight, even though it was because Nick had been sick,” Cramer Smith said. “This was a good win for us.”

“It was good to be aggressive and it made me feel like I belonged out there,” said senior forward Seth Scrabeck after yanking down three rebounds as a reserve. “It was nice to be able to help us have a big win over Valley.”

Jesse Lopez finished the first quarter with a nifty shot inside off a pass from Rob Baker at the buzzer. The Comets went up 17-10 and the game would get no closer.

   Lopez led Naselle with nine rebounds and added 13 points. Trevin Leeland and Sam Scrabeck each had three assists and Leeland tallied three points and Sam Scrabeck four. Chapman totaled seven points, two assists and five rebounds. 

   Strange and Baker each hauled down seven boards and Baker scored eight points despite being in foul trouble much of the second half. 

    “When I came in I wanted to make up for lost time,” Strange explained. “Having a day off helped me feel better and rested.”

    For the game, the Comets were 23-53 from the floor for 44 percent and they made 8-15 from the line for only 58 percent as their season-long slump from the foul line continues. The Vikings were 15-50 from the field for 30 percent and they made but 2-6 of their free tosses for 33 percent.

The Comets were whistled for 14 fouls to 15 for the Vikings. Naselle won the battle of the boards convincingly 41-29 and both squads turned the basketball over 16 times each after the Comets had six miscues and Valley eight in the sloppy first period. The young Vikings teamed started four sophomores and a junior.

In the junior varsity contest, the Comets pulled out a 42-40 win when Levi Wasmundt put Naselle ahead by one and Calvin Zimmerman’s free throw made it a two-point victory. Wasmundt, Zimmerman and Tony Lopez each had 10 points.


Valley     10     5     9   15 — 39

Naselle   17   14   18     9 — 58

Valley — Anthony Sagen 7, Matt Konigsberger 6, Cody Buchanan 8, David Rocket 4, Stephen Camenzind 14, Randy Heckard, Nelson Stamper

Naselle — Baker 8, Sam Scrabeck 4, Chapman 7, Strange 21, Leeland 3, Lopez 13, Eaton, Seth Scrabeck, Cramer Smith 2, Blaylock, Wasmundt


Seagulls use big second half to fly by Comets 55-33

RAYMOND — The Pacific League-leading Seagulls flew past the Comets with a huge second half to capture a 55-33 win over Naselle in Raymond Jan. 26. 

“We were within four points at halftime and only down 10 with about five minutes to go, but you can’t commit 23 turnovers to only 10 for them and expect to win against a good team,” coach Brian Macy explained. 

Chandler Chapman’s scoring off successful press breaks helped get Naselle off to a fast start, but they could not keep the momentum. 

The Comets fell behind the Gulls 13-12 at the end of one period after taking the early 8-2 lead. The Comets stayed close at popcorn time, only trailing 28-24, but they would only score nine points in the second half to Raymond’s 27 the final two periods.

The Comets were 15-45 from the field for 33 percent and made a mere two of six from the charity stripe, also for a meager 33 percent. Raymond sank 22-57 from the floor for 39 percent and they were 7-12 from the line for 58 percent in the “let ‘em play” officiated contest. Naselle won the battle of the boards 35-33. The Seagulls had four three-pointers to only one from beyond the arc for Naselle.

Rob Baker pulled down nine rebounds, scored eight points, blocked three shots, and dished out three assists; all despite being saddled to the bench for about eight minutes in the second half with foul trouble. Chapman finished with a dozen points and Nick Strange contributed seven and also had seven boards for the Comets. Trevin Leeland, Jesse Lopez and Cramer Smith each scored a pair of points.


Naselle      12   12    6     3 — 33

Raymond   13   15   12   15 — 55

NASELLE — Rob Baker 8, Chandler Chapman 12, Nick Strange 7, Trevin Leeland 2, Jesse Lopez 2, Cramer Smith 2, Sam Scrabeck, Robert Eaton

Raymond — Marvin So 2, Carte Bisbee 20, Alec Oatfield 2, Rayce Newman 1, Marcus Lundy 2, Alex Side 9, Darol Ratsavongsy 12, Andrew Hamilton 4, Phansisay 3

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