MENLO - Austin Burkhalter bombarded the Valley Vikings with five three-pointers and 18 points and Nate Sultemeier dished out a season-high 10 assists and scored 14 points to lead Naselle to a 65-56 Pacific 2B League win at Valley's Tenoski Gym Friday. Valley Coach John Pearson lamented, "Every time we'd make a run at Naselle and get close Burkhalter would hit a three."
The Comets had fashioned a 17-point lead in the third period, but the Vikings were able to draw within six before Burkhalter, Sultemeier and company pulled away with their sixth league win in seven tries. Naselle remains tied with North Beach atop the Pacific with a 6-1 record and they improve to 11-3 overall, while Valley is 2-5 in league play and 6-7 on the season.
"We played better offensively tonight, but still missed some high percentage shots," Coach Brian Macy explained. "It's always nice to get a win at Valley, but it would have been better to keep the comfortable lead that we worked hard to get. Both Ocosta Thursday and Valley tonight are improving teams and the bottom line is that it was good to get two league wins on the road."
Burkhalter finished with a double-double as he pulled down 10 rebounds to go with his 18 points and Sultemeier had a double-double the hard way by handing out a season-high 10 assists to go with his 14 points and four steals. Conor Smith also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 caroms, Nick Hines added seven points, Manny Lopez scored six off the bench, Alan Erickson put down four tallies and Drew Macy and Randy Hamm each contributed three points to the winning total.
Aaron Friese led Valley with 18 and Matt Friese and Josh Freeman each scored 10, Blade Bolden added 11, while Will Rocket and Josh Freeman each snared 10 rebounds for the Vikings. The Comets shot 39 percent from the floor, going 21-54 including seven three-pointers and were 16-24 from the free throw line for 67 percent. Valley was 23-49 for 47 percent from the field and 7-16 for 44 percent from the charity stripe.
Naselle won the junior varsity game to up their record to 13-1 on the season.
Naselle 16 13 15 21 --65
Valley 13 10 14 19 --56
Naselle-Ollie Baker, Nate Sultemeier 14, Nick Hines 7, Drew Macy 3, Gabe See, Austin Burkhalter 18, Alan Erickson 4, Conor Smith 10, Randy Hamm 3, Manuel Lopez 6
Valley-Matt Friese 10, Aaron Friese 18, Jake Lundy 2, Jon Nissell 3, Blade Bolden 11, Will Rocket 2, Josh Freeman 10, Brandon Schwiesow