ILWACO — The Fishermen got another impressive win over a 1A opponent, crushing Elma 78-42 on Wednesday, Dec. 28 to improve to 9-1 on the season.
The Eagles showed their athleticism as they got out to an early lead. They played tight man-to-man defense and quick rotations, and Ilwaco struggled to find good passes. The Eagles ran an excellent fast break off turnovers to take leads of 10-2 and 13-5, with nine early points from Trace Thompson.
Point guard Alex Kaino, after committing two early turnovers, turned Ilwaco’s offense around. He hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to four, then drove and kicked out to Reese Tynkila for another three. The Eagles continued getting good looks, but their shots rattled out and Ilwaco moved into the lead. Kaino drew a foul shooting a three-pointer at quarter’s end and hit two free-throws for a 19-13 lead.
“Sometimes, it takes me awhile to get into the flow of the game,” Kaino said afterward. “That’s something I need to work on. But once I get a feel for how my opponent moves, I start to anticipate his actions and find my opportunities.”
Ilwaco piled up another 11 points in the first two minutes of the second quarter to go up 30-15. Near the end of the half, Tenyson Ramsey drove the baseline and got a three-point play off a nifty up-and-under move to put Ilwaco ahead by 23. Overall, seven Fishermen scored in a 23-point second quarter.
Ilwaco continued sharing the ball after the break. Kaino turned down a decent look on the perimeter, instead making an extra pass to a wide-open Ethan Bannister for three. Robert Woods arced a pass over a defender to Bannister underneath the basket, where Bannister scored to make it 50-28. All 11 Fishermen players scored in the game.
Zac Tapio led Ilwaco with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Nine of his points came on his four offensive rebounds. Kaino scored 14 points, 11 of them in the first half, along with nine assists. Kaino made three of four three-point attempts. Bannister scored 10 points. Robert Woods grabbed five offensive rebounds. Thompson scored 22 for Elma.
Elma fell to 2-8 on the year. The Eagles, out of the Evergreen League, are the second straight 1A team Ilwaco has handily defeated; the Fishermen beat Montesano by 17 before Christmas.