CHEHALIS - Goliath won, but only after the Evergreen League champion Winlock Cardinals (20-2) received 25 more free throw attempts than Ilwaco and the Fishermen lost their two leading scorers to fouls and technicals. Fishermen coach Paul Jarrett was also ejected from their District IV Tournament game Saturday night, won by the Cardinals 61-49 at Chehalis' WF West High School.

After the game Jarrett said, "Winlock killed us on the boards. Almost all of their points in the first half were from offensive rebounds and you have to give them credit. We worked on blocking out all week in practice, but when their starters average 6-foot-5 it's tough to do." The Cardinals out-rebounded Ilwaco 50-27.

Ilwaco battled to within 24-21 at intermission, despite going one for nine from three-point land in the first half. Winlock had worked to a 24-15 edge on the glass and both teams had turned the basketball over only four times before the break. The Fishermen emerged in a 2-3 zone defense in the third period to try and protect Ryan Blake and Matt Kaino, who had each picked up two fouls.

A minute into the third quarter, Winlock's Tyler Hertz and Jordan Davis each hit 3-point field goals to up the ante to 30-21 in favor of the Cardinals. Jarrett immediately went back to a man-to-man defense; however Winlock amassed a 16-point advantage by quarter's end at 40-24.

At the 3:17 mark of the third period Jarrett was assessed a technical foul for saying, "You have to call that," when three Cardinals clobbered Kaino on an attempted field goal from the high post that instead turned into a turnover. Karl Oman kicked off the eventful fourth frame with two field goals. Jack Whealdon hit a three-pointer to help the Fishermen close the gap to 47-38.

The play of the game - and possibly of the season for Ilwaco - came 15 seconds later when Kaino and Winlock's 6-foot-8 center became entangled during a scramble for a rebound. In the midst of the fray, the same official who had assessed Jarrett his "T" called Kaino from behind the play for a personal foul and then ejected Kaino with no explanation given the Fishermen bench.

On the ensuing trip down the court Jarrett saw another Winlock post player allegedly offer an elbow in the direction of Whealdon. The coach told the officials, "You can't let that go," and was given a second technical foul and by rule removed from the game. In the span of 32 seconds the Cardinals shot 10 free throws and advanced their lead to a 52-38 advantage - the Cardinals only hit five of the 10 shots. Assistant coach Kip Meinhardt took over the coaching reigns for the remainder of the game.

Although Oman sank a 25-foot "three" and a lay-in and Kolby Kirby and Jordan DeSimone both scored in the final two minutes, the Fishermen were unable to get any closer than 13 points.

"Some games you never notice the officials," Jarrett surmised. "Tonight was not one of them."

Ilwaco's leading scorer for the season, Ryan Blake fouled out at the 3:56 mark of the final frame.

The Cardinals were 16-of-40 from the field for 40 percent and made 19 of their whopping 40 foul shots for 47 percent. They turned the basketball over 13 times and Ilwaco lost the ball on an amazingly low total of six occasions in the physical fray. The Fishermen connected on nine of their 15 attempts from the line for 60 percent and made one more field goal than the winners, despite shooting a sub-par 32 percent on 17 of 53 tries. Fouls were 26 for Ilwaco and 13 for Winlock.

The Fishermen will face Kalama in a loser-out contest on Thursday in Centralia at 6:30 p.m. A victory will pit them against the winner of the Toledo and Rainier game on Saturday in Kelso, also at 6:30 p.m., in the third place game. Ilwaco needs to win both games to advance to the state tournament and a loss in either contest will end their season. The Fishermen are now 12-10 and Winlock is 20-2.

Winlock-Tyler Hertz 13, Tyler Diamond 1, Mike Kent 4, Jordan Davis 15, Nathan Booth 18, Jake Brown 10

ILWACO - Karl Oman 16, Ryan Rodenbaugh 2, Jordan DeSimone 1, Jack Whealdon 8, Ryan Blake 9, Matt Kaino 10, Kolby Kirby 2

Ilwaco climbs over Mounties 59-52 for comeback District IV winKELSO - The Fishermen downed Rainier 59-52 in come-from-behind fashion in a hotly-contested District IV game in Kelso Thursday behind the scoring punch of Matt Kaino (16 points) and the ball-handling and shooting touch of Karl Oman (18 points).

Coach Paul Jarrett cautioned his relatively inexperienced team about "tournament jitters," but when his leading scorer, Ryan Blake was saddled to the bench with two fouls after only two minutes of play and five minutes into the fray his Fishermen trailed 13-3, Jarrett said, "Things didn't look good."

It was then that Kaino hit a soft jumper in the paint and made two free throws above the din of the Rainier cheering section that Ilwaco was able to whittle the lead to 19-11 at period's end. The Mounties retreated to a zone defense in the second stanza and Oman took advantage of open looks to bury three 3-pointers from way downtown and Jack Whealdon came off the bench to sink a pair of "three's" to put Ilwaco ahead 29-27.

Three field goals by Rainier's fire-plug guard, Jacob Fox, put his team in front 33-29, but a Kaino free throw and Ryan Rodenbaugh's bomb from beyond the arc, Ilwaco's sixth 3-pointer of the period, knotted the score fittingly enough at 33-33 going into halftime. "Karl and Jack have the green light to shoot from anywhere when they have open looks and fortunately for us, they were knocking their shots down," Jarrett said.

As explosive as the first half had been, the first three-plus minutes of the third period were scoreless as both teams turned up the defensive pressure. Kaino hit a put-back and a jumper from close range to give Ilwaco a 39-35 lead, but the Mounties quickly tied the game for the fifth time. Whealdon found Oman for a back-door lay up and Kaino stripped Alex Gudgel at mid-court for a coast-to-coast lay-in to close out the period with Ilwaco clinging to a 43-41 advantage.

Gudgel's driving lay up knotted the contest at 43-43, but Whealdon's three at the 6:36 mark temporarily put the Fishermen ahead. The Mounties looked inside to 6-foot-6 post, Bradon Franklin and he responded with two buckets to give Rainier a 49-48 advantage with 4:04 ticks left in the fray.

Oman single-handedly drove through Rainier's press and his two foul shots seconds later again wrestled the advantage back to the Fishermen, the eighth lead change of the battle. When Kaino connected on a twisting jump shot over a posse of Mounties at the 3:14 mark, Ilwaco was up to stay 52-49. A minute later Blake scored on an offensive rebound and then Oman found Blake unattended under the hoop for a chippie to give the Fishermen a 54-49 edge.

Rainier pressed from baseline to baseline the final two minutes, but Oman, looking like he could dribble through a car wash without getting wet, calmly maneuvered his way up the court and eventually to the foul line. The freshman sank three consecutive free tosses under the most pressurized of situations to help seal the opening round victory. The Mounties made a valiant effort down the stretch, but they had a pair of 3-point shots rim out and Ilwaco committed two fouls that "weren't the smartest" according to Jarrett, giving Rainier the chance to convert on three of four attempts from the line in the final seconds.

An exhausted, but elated Jarrett explained, "After Blake went out the other guys came up huge. Matt scored well all night and he and Rodenbaugh took care of the boards for us. Jack and Karl's shooting and ball-handling against a very aggressive defensive team under these conditions was tremendous. And don't forget the defense of Kolby (Kirby) and Jordan (DeSimone). It took a team effort for 32 minutes to win this game and that's exactly what the kids gave us."

Oman had five assists and Whealdon three and both Kaino and Blake pulled down 10 rebounds each and Rodenbaugh added seven caroms. The Fishermen dominated the glass, garnering 39 rebounds to only 17 for the Mounties. Ilwaco turned the basketball over a mere 10 times, while creating 16 miscues from Rainier. The Mounties fouled 17 times to nine violations for the Fishermen and they were six of seven from the line (86 percent) and made 21 of 44 shots from the field (48 percent).

Ilwaco was also deadly from the foul line, sinking 11 of 14 tries (79 percent) and they made 21 of 54 from the field (39 percent). The Fishermen sank six 3-pointers and the Mounties connected on four from downtown, with all 10 of the three balls came in the first half.

ILWACO - Karl Oman 18, Ryan Rodenbaugh 7, Jordan DeSimone 2, Jack Whealdon 8, Ryan Blake 6, Matt Kaino 16, Kolby Kirby 2

RAINIER - Jacob Fox 17, Alex Gudgel 21, Kyle North 3, Matt Wilson 2, Bradon Franklin 9

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