ILWACO - The Fishermen pulled away in the second half to down a pesky Warrenton team 59-39 at Carl Aase Gymnasium Tuesday, Dec. 30 in a non-league basketball game to conclude Ilwaco's Holiday Classic.
Warrenton had reeled in the Fishermen at the end of the second period to close within 30-22 of Ilwaco at halftime. Jack Whealdon's jumper in the lane, a three-pointer, and his two foul shots and a "three" from Karl Oman and an assist and two buckets from Ross Kary in the paint helped Ilwaco fashion a 44-27 third period lead and the Warriors would get no closer.
Coach Kip Meinhardt said, "I was very pleased with the way we came out after halftime and held them to five points in the third period and pushed the basketball offensively and blocked out and rebounded as good as could be expected of our guys."
Oman, Cody Bliss and Justin Short were on fire in the first period as Oman swished two long treys and scored eight points and Bliss off the bench and Short each connected on a pair of field goals to give Ilwaco an insurmountable 18-8 lead. Meinhardt praised, "Cody (Bliss) and Justin (Short) had their best games of the season, both offensively and defensively." Short had nine points and Bliss knocked in eight, both season highs for the pair of juniors.
Ross Kary scored six points and Kolby Kirby added five and both had six rebounds as did Bliss. "Ross had an excellent tournament and Kolby always gives you his best effort at both ends of the court," Meinhardt said. Whealdon scored a dozen points despite being under the weather and Oman led all scores with 17 and both dished out three assists, as did Short. Chris Schommer rounded out Ilwaco scoring with two tallies.
"I was especially happy with the way we took care of the basketball and shot in the second half. It is nice that we are learning to close out games," Meinhardt noted. The Fishermen were 11-22 the second half for 50 percent from the field and had a mere eight turnovers for the contest, a season-low mark in that department.
Ilwaco was 24-52 for the game from the floor for 46 percent and they continue to be stellar at the free throw line, sinking 5-7 for 71 percent. Warrenton was only 15-46 from the field (32 percent) and made five of 10 from the foul line. The Fishermen nabbed 30 rebounds to 28 for the Warriors and forced the visitors into 14 turnovers to eight of their own. Fouls were a dozen for Ilwaco and 10 for Warrenton.
Warrenton-Jared Morrison 4, Cody Patterson 9, Aaron Jannusch 3, Reese Johnson 6, Jacob Bentley 4, Chris Legler 11, Cameron Hackwith 2, Billy Kerr
Ilwaco-Ryan Kukula, Justin Short 9, Patrick Whealdon, Cody Bliss 8, Jack Whealdon 12, Chris Schommer 2, Kyle Breckenridge, Kolby Kirby 5, Bobby Byrd, Ross Kary 6, Karl Oman 17