NASELLE - As hot as they were a day earlier, the Naselle Comets were anything but against the Clallam Bay Bruins in the championship game of the KM Christmas Tournament, played Saturday, Dec. 28, in Naselle.
The Bruins used their harassing defense to bring the Comets' shooters down to earth after a torrid shooting performance a day earlier. Naselle could only make 14 of 48 shots for 29 percent shooting against the Bruins defense as the Comets lost the game 63-45. A day earlier, the Comets shot over 50 percent from the field, but not on this day. In fact, the Comets didn't score in double figures until the fourth quarter while the Bruins were in double figures in all four periods.
"Clallam Bay has an excellent team," said coach Ryan Bjornsgard. "They press, they shoot, they rebound - they play a very good game. They haven't lost a game yet this season and they have beaten some bigger schools, like Forks, Port Townsend, and Chimacum, before winning our tournament.
"Their defensive pressure bothered us, especially early in the game. We had nine of our 23 turnovers in the first quarter alone. They also out shot us and out rebounded us early. We gave them too many second chances."
The Bruins led 16-7 at the end of one, 33-16 at the half, 52-25 after three. The Comets kept up their effort, however, and they gained some ground in the fourth quarter with a 20-11 advantage for the final score of 63-45.
Bjornsgard said he was proud that the players never gave up and fought right to the end, and that he was pleased with the progress the team has made since the beginning of the season.
"We are 4-5 right now and we have some real tough games in the next two weeks, with four of the five games on the road," he said.
Bjornsgard also made special mention of the play of Cody Davis, who pulled down ten rebounds and scored four points. Bjornsgard credited Davis with a real nice game, adding that, "he hustled and gave us a real boost."
The all-tournament team was led by MVP senior guard Fidel Angulo of Clallam Bay. He was joined by sophomore teammate post Dylan Simmons, Columbia Adventist senior guard Rick Fisher, Cathlamet junior wing Matt Ohrberg, and Naselle's junior wing Jordan Petrovich and senior guard Sean Houghton.
Clallam 16 17 19 11 - 63
Naselle 7 9 9 20 - 45
Clallam Bay (63) - Fidel Angulo 13, Annan Bowlby 11, Adam Lovik 10, D. Angulo 9, Ramos 8, Rodriguez 4, Simmons 4, Levin 4; Shooting: FG - 26/69 = 38 percent, 3's - 4/23, FT - 7/12; Rebounds (38)
Naselle (45) - Sean Houghton 17, Jordan Petrovich 11, Andrea 4, Johnson 4, Davis 4, Queral 2, Gradt 1, Marion 1, Badger, Queener, Hendrickson; Shooting: FG -14/49 = 29 percent, 3's - 5/13, FT - 12/22; Rebounds (28): Davis 10; Assists: Houghton 5