ILWACO — The Fishermen used a balanced scoring attack on a night where their offense was getting whatever it wanted. Alex Kaino and Tenyson Ramsey scored 13 points apiece, Reese Tynkila had 12, and Joe Nisbett contributed nine as the Fishermen (15-5, 14-4 in the Pacific League) beat Ocosta (8-10, 8-12) 86-41 to finish tied for second-place.

Alex Kaino’s three-pointer at the first quarter buzzer came just five seconds after an Ocosta-made basket. It capped an 11-2 blitz that took just the last 1:35 of the quarter, giving Ilwaco a 25-8 lead.

Joe Nisbett dominated the early second quarter, hitting an easy bucket just 12 seconds into the period and forcing a five-second violation on the subsequent possession. He reached up near the basket to score on a high feed from Parker Kaech, and added another bucket on a high-low pass from Jeb Sheldon. Midway through the quarter, Ilwaco led 37-10, and at halftime it was 44-21.

John Glenn continued his recent hot shooting. Left all alone in the corner on a baseline-out-of-bounds play, he sank a three to make it 48-24, then added another three a few minutes later to stretch the lead to 31. At the 5:39 mark, Glenn and his fellow seniors, Jeb Sheldon, Tynkila, Kaino and Ramsey, left the court to an ovation with a 67-33 lead.

The Ilwaco bench added to the lead. Jayden Turner’s three-pointer made it 79-40. Blake Kukula hit a three and added a nifty shovel pass to a trailing Brady Vinsonhaler for an easy fast-break bucket as the game neared its end.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or aaroncmead@gmail.com.

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