NASELLE - "We played with intensity on defense, handled their press reasonably well 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 gave us a four-point lead," Macy said. With the score 50-48 with about five seconds left Valley had a five-foot shot that went awry when Rob Baker contested it and then he snared the rebound to preserve the crucial Comets win.
Mendoza led all scorers with 24 points and he had 10 rebounds for a double-double. Ollie Baker scored 11, 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 thefts and Andy Gonzales pulled down 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 but 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.
Naselle is now 3-1 in league play and 4-6 overall, while Valley drops to 3-2 in the Pacific.