ILWACO — Parker Kaech sparked Ilwaco’s fast-break game in a 65-31 victory over North Beach Thursday, Jan. 30.

On a two-on-one break in the early minutes, Kaech found Daniel Whiting with a slick pass, creating an easy basket. Kaech tried the same pass on the break the next possession, but the timing was slightly off. But Whiting saved it in-bounds to Kaech and, though the defense had scrambled back, he went around four defenders and got a three-point play for a 10-2 lead 3:45 into the game. Late in the half, Kaech again created in semi-transition. Just as the North Beach zone was getting into place, he dribbled by three defenders in the middle for a layup and a 31-16 lead.

Whiting, who started the game by hitting an open three-pointer, had seven of Ilwaco’s first 12 points. He added a three-point play on a driving layup with 2:01 in the third quarter, stretching the lead to 45-16. Whiting and Kaech had a combined 23 points at that point, outscoring the Hyaks (4-13 overall, 4-11 in league play) by themselves.

Bubba Douglas had a big second half for Ilwaco (12-5, 10-5). He had a steal and outlet pass to Kaech for a score, later adding another steal and taking it himself for a layup. Douglas’s three-pointer with 5:30 left made it 54-21.

Kaech finished with 16 points, Whiting had 14, and Nisbett and Jaden Turner each scored 10.

Ilwaco 73, Raymond 52

RAYMOND — Ilwaco led 24-4 after a quarter and 47-18 at halftime, then cruised to a 73-52 win over Raymond Saturday, Feb. 1. Joe Nisbett and Daniel Whiting led the Fishermen with 16 points apiece.

Ilwaco improved to 11-5 in Pacific League play and 13-5 overall. Raymond fell to 5-11 and 5-13. After a Feb. 4 home game against Willapa Valley, Ilwaco will close out the regular season at Ocosta Thursday, Feb. 6.

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

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