NASELLE — “We played with intensity on defense, handled their press reasonably well by staying out of the traps, and some of our shots dropped early,” a happy coach Brian Macy explained after his Comets knocked off Pacific League-leading Valley in Naselle Tuesday, Jan. 4.

“I called my final timeout with about 1:20 left in the game and we were able to get Leo (Mendoza) a good luck coming across the key and his shot went in to give us a four-point lead,” Macy said. The score was 50-48 with about five seconds left when Valley had a five-foot shot go awry when Rob Baker contested it. He snared the rebound to preserve the crucial Comets win. “We had a one-and-one with about 10 seconds left, but missed the front end foul shot and then they missed a point blank shot at the end. This was a nice win for us, needless to say,” Macy related with relief.

Mendoza led all scorers with 24 points and he had 10 rebounds for a double-double. Ollie Baker scored 10, had four steals, five assists and seven boards and Rob Baker rolled in 11 points, blocked two shots, garnered nine rebounds and dished out three assists. Nick Strange added five points and a pair of steals and Andy Gonzales nabbed seven rebounds.

Naselle was only 19-59 from the field for 32 percent, but they connected on six three-pointers, while Valley was an icy 16-61 for 26 percent from the floor and they hit a pair of treys. Valley was 14-19 from the line for 74 percent, while Naselle made 6-7 for 83 percent. Fouls were nine for the Vikings and 12 for the Comets. Naselle won the battle of the boards 41-37, but had 14 turnovers to 10 for Valley.  

Valley was led by Aaron Friese’s 20 points and 14 rebounds and Matt Friese’s 14 points and 10 boards. Despite the Friese cousins’ efforts, the Vikings shot a miserable 1-16 in the final period from the floor, as the combination of Naselle’s defense and cold shooting doomed the visitors.

Comets erupt in third quarter to stomp Hyaks 60-42

OYHUT — Naselle erupted for 21 points in the third period and the Comets Leo Mendoza exploded for 26 points and 11 rebounds to defeat North Beach 60-42 in league action there Friday, Jan. 7. “This was one of our best games this year and the third period, while not perfect, was the best we have played for an extended period of time this season,” coach Brian Macy explained.

“Nick Strange did a good job on (Derek) Archer, North Beach’s top scorer and Nick Zimmerman came in and gave us some solid minutes when Leo missed almost all of the second period due to foul trouble,” Macy said. “In the third period Leo went to work at the high post against their 1-2-2 zone defense and we were able to pull away. As a team we played well defensively.”

Rob Baker scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds, Ollie Baker had six boards, and Chase Chapman and Strange each garnered five caroms apiece. Ollie Baker led the Comets by dishing out six assists and tallied seven points, Dustin Eaton scored five, Strange added eight, and Andy Gonzales, Zimmerman, and Ryley Queener each scored a bucket for the Comets.

Naselle made 20 of 63 field goal attempts for 32 percent, including knocking down four treys, while North Beach connected on 15 of 45 for 33 percent accuracy and they had but one three-pointer. The Comets were 14-23 from the line for 62 percent and the Hyaks made 11-21 for 52 percent. North Beach won the rebounding battle 41-35 and both teams turned the ball over 11 times and both were whistled for 19 fouls.

Naselle is now 5-7 for the year, but more importantly they are now 4-1 in the Pacific. The Hyaks fall to 3-3 in league play.


Naselle          18   11   21   10   — 60

North Beach   11     9   11   11   — 42


Naselle — Rob Baker 8, Ollie Baker 7, Leonel Mendoza 26, Dustin Eaton 5, Nick Strange 8, Andy Gonzales 2, Ryley Queener 2, Nick Zimmerman 2

North Beach — Lavoie 2, Archer 20, Zander 2, Berensten 9, Jennings 1, Grover 8


 Loggers dominate boards as Knappa knocks off Naselle 64-41

NASELLE — Knappa dominated the glass 45-17 after three periods and led 54-25 going into the final period as the Loggers notched a 64-41 non-league win at Naselle Wednesday, Jan 5. The Comets managed to win the final frame 16-10 as clean jerseys on both sides finished out the fray.

“We did not block out to rebound and we did not go through the lane with authority on offense against a very good basketball team,” Coach Brian Macy said after 11 Comets saw action in the contest. “Back to back games may have taken something out of us, but there is no excuse for not playing more aggressively. Hopefully we will learn from this.”

For Naselle Leo Mendoza had a dozen points and off the bench Trevin Leeland added nine on a trio of treys and Jesse Lopez rolled in seven points in the paint and from the line. Dustin Eaton and Rob Baker each scored four and both had four steals and six rebounds. Nick Strange added three points and Nick Zimmerman scored a basket.

Knappa had 10 players in the scoring column, with Brian Lampa and Brian Kaul leading the well-balanced and powerful attack with 11 points each. For the contest the Loggers won the war of the boards 51-24 and each team turned the slippery basketball over 18 times.

Naselle was 15-43 for 35 percent from the field, while Knappa was 24-58 for 41 percent from the floor. The Comets knocked down five three-point shots and the Loggers connected on six. Knappa was 10-13 for 77 percent from the line, while Naselle was only 6-20 for a season-low 30 percent from the charity stripe. The Comets were whistled for 12 fouls to 16 infractions for the Loggers.

Naselle is now 4-7 for the year and Knappa, who has been ranked number one at the 3A level in Oregon most of the season improves to 7-1. Seaside C-squad defeated Paul Wirkkala’s Comets 46-23 despite six points each from Chad Andring and Corey Gilbert. The Naselle junior varsity hit three of four foul shots in the final 10 seconds to knock off Knappa 42-40 for Coach Scott Smith. Calvin Zimmerman hit the winning free tosses and Levi Wasmundt and David Blaylock came up big down the stretch.


Knappa   20   16   18   10   — 64

Naselle     7     8   10   16   — 41

Knappa — Dalton Kelly 8, Brian Kaul 11, Eddie Corder 7, Anthony Brockey 2, Dillion Moreland 7, Brian Lampa 11, Kyle Kelly 4, Matt White 4, Brad Aho 4, Trevor Oja 6

Naselle — Rob Baker 4, Leonel Mendoza 12, Dustin Eaton 4, Nick Strange 3, Jesse Lopez 7, Trevin Leeland 9, Nick Zimmerman 2 

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