LONGVIEW — Kalama outscored Ilwaco 15-2 over the last four minutes to win 77-65 in district quarterfinals at Mark Morris High School Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Ilwaco, the Pacific League two-seed, had byes the first two rounds of districts before the showdown against Kalama, the Central League third-place team. Thirteen three-pointers, including six from John Glenn, kept Ilwaco in the game against a very talented opponent. Alex Dyer scored 25 points to lead the Chinooks to victory.

With 1.8 seconds to go in the third quarter, Tenyson Ramsey gave Ilwaco the lead with a three-pointer, but Jackson Esary answered with a three-quarter-court shot to tie it going into the fourth. Ramsey hit two more contested threes early in the fourth, along with a bucket on a give-and-go with Joe Nisbett, boosting Ilwaco to a 63-62 lead with just over 4:00 to go.

Kalama guard Tommy Brandenberg darted along the baseline for four straight points to spark Kalama’s late-game run. Grant Vandenberg then picked off Ramsey’s pass, leading to another bucket. After a Reese Tynkila miss, Dyer made a slick move in the lane, pulled up and hit a six-foot shot. That gave Kalama eight points in a 1:35 span to put them ahead 70-63 with about two minutes to go. The Chinooks pulled away for the 12-point win.

Glenn hit three first-quarter three-pointers, and fed Tynkila for a three-pointer on a drive-and-kick play. Kaino added a three-point play off a stop-and-go dribble move, and Ilwaco led 20-16 after one.

Glenn followed with a steal-and-score on a Kalama sideline play, then blocked a Kalama three-pointer, and Ilwaco extended its lead to 29-22 early in the second. Kaino’s contested three near the end of the half gave Ilwaco a 39-33 lead at the break.

Kalama started the second half on a 12-4 run before Glenn’s sixth three of the game put Ilwaco back ahead 46-45 with 3:26 left in the third quarter.

The loss pushed Ilwaco into Friday’s loser-out game against Adna.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or aaroncmead@gmail.com.

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