ILWACO - After the lead had changed hands a remarkable 19 times going into the final period the Fishermen turned the tide one last time, going on a 17-0 run to put away Toledo 57-45 in Trico League action at home Tuesday, Jan. 11. The Fishermen were down by five with 7 minutes to play and trailed 43-40 inside five minutes.
Patrick Whealdon knocked down a three from an out-of-bounds play to tie the contest at 43-43 with 4:29 remaining. Then it was Karl Oman with a pair of foul shots, Whealdon with a jumper in the key, and Oman with a coast-to-coast layup off a steal and the count was 49-43 with 2:22 left.
Bobby Byrd closed out the game with a pair of field goals and Whealdon and Oman both knocked down a pair of foul shots to ice the victory in the waning minutes. "We went to a couple of different zone defenses and we made the plays in the fourth period and they didn't," Kip Meinhardt said. "Toledo played the best defense of any team we've faced this year, but they didn't shoot well the fourth quarter.
The Fishermen had but two turnovers the second half and are undefeated at home, while the Indians missed 13 straight shots in the final frame of the pivotal league contest. Ilwaco was 19-48 from the floor for 40 percent and was deadly from the line, going 15-18 for 83 percent. The Indians were 19-56 from the field for a chilly 34 percent, matching the temperature outside, and they made 3-5 from the charity stripe.
The Fishermen out-rebounded the visitors 37-31 and both teams had but nine turnovers. Ilwaco committed eight fouls to 17 for the Indians. Kyle Breckinridge and Byrd each scored 14 and Oman and Whealdon added 13 to the balanced attack. Oman dished out nine assists and Breckinridge pulled down a dozen rebounds and Byrd snared eight boards.
Ilwaco is now 6-0 in the Trico and improves to 10-2, while Toledo is 3-2 in league play and 7-5 overall.