KALAMA - "When you have a good point guard like Brandon Walker, a kid like Robby Sanders who can penetrate and shoot and a quality post player like Matt Pollock, you can be hard to deal with at the 1A level," Ilwaco coach Kip Meinhardt said of Kalama as the Chinooks defeated Ilwaco 69-56 there Jan. 13. "We matched up fairly well against their guards, but simply did not have an answer for (6-foot-5) Pollock's inside game."
Kalama's big three, all seniors, combined for 58 points, but it was five consecutive three-point shots made by the Fishermen's Jack Whealdon that nearly brought the visitors back in the Trico League tilt. It had been upstream all game long for Ilwaco as they fell behind 12-7 after one period and trailed 27-15 at intermission.
The Chinooks had built an 18-point advantage at the 2:52 mark of the third period when Whealdon began his barrage. Early in the final period Ilwaco closed to within 46-42, but would get no closer. Pollack finished with a double-double by adding 12 rebounds and two blocked shots to his 24 points and he and Sanders and Walker combined to score 40 of Kalama's final 44 points.
Whealdon finished with 22 points and Karl Oman chipped in 10 for Ilwaco. Cody Bliss came off the bench to score eight points and "worked hard on guarding Pollock" according to Meinhardt, although Bliss gave away eight inches in height to the Chinook center.
Kalama made 24 field goals, including a pair of "three's" and converted 19 of 23 foul shots, while Ilwaco made 19 field goals with five being beyond the arc and the Fishermen were 13-24 from the line. "That's a difference of six points right there," Meinhardt pointed out as Ilwaco was only 53 percent from the charity stripe, while the Chinooks were a sizzling 83 percent.
"We rebounded well and took care of the basketball against Kalama. Even though we've lost our first two league games on the road, this thing is far from over. We just need to get some of these teams at home," Meinhardt concluded.
Ilwaco - Short 7, Whealdon 22, Kirby 4, Oman 10, Byrd 3, Schommer 2, Bliss 8
Kalama - Walker 12, Sanders 22, Chiodo 6, Wall 2, Pollock 24, Nelson 3
Rockets explode in fourth period to win 64-48CASTLE ROCK - The Rockets exploded to a 26-12 fourth period advantage to pull away from Ilwaco for a 64-48 Trico League win at Castle Rock Thursday. The Fishermen defense had held through three periods as Ilwaco was up 9-4 after one period, tied at 25-25 at halftime and only trailed the Rockets 38-36 going into the final eight minutes of the fray.
A Jack Whealdon three-point shot tied the score at 41-41 with about seven minutes remaining in the contest. Lefty David Hamilton answered with a trey of his own and then the Rockets made two quick field goals to one by the Fishermen, followed by a technical foul on Ilwaco's assistant coach. The resulting 9-2 run put the game out of reach in favor of the Rockets.
Karl Oman and Jack Whealdon led the Fishermen in scoring with 17 points each. Kolby Kirby added three points and Justin Short and Chris Schommer each had two for Ilwaco. Castle Rock's Hamilton had a game-high 20 points, while Steven Horsely added 14 and Kyle Karnofski 11.
Castle Rock is 1-1 in the Trico and 7-3 overall, while Ilwaco is 0-3 in league play and even at 5-5 for the season. Kalama and Stevenson are league leaders at 3-0 followed by the Rockets and White Salmon at 1-1 (they play a make-up game Saturday), while Ilwaco and LaCenter are 0-3 in the Trico standings. Meinhardt concluded by saying, "We have to keep our heads up."
ILWACO - Short 2, Whealdon 17, Schommer 2, Kirby 3, Kary 7, Oman 17
CASTLE ROCK - Murray 6, Tinney 3, Gehring 8, Horsely 14, Williamson 2, Karnofski 11, Hamilton 20