ILWACO — Joe Nisbett looked like Shaquille O’Neal against Raymond.
The 6’9” center dominated near the basket with 26 points on 13 of 17 shooting and 11 rebounds in Ilwaco’s 86-62 Thursday, Jan. 2 victory.
Bubba Douglas added 13 assists as the Fishermen produced their highest scoring total of the season.
Nisbett got position right at the basket from the beginning of the game, scoring six points in the first two minutes and ten of Ilwaco’s first 14. Douglas, who was effective feeding Nisbett, found Daniel Whiting with an ally-oop pass late in the quarter. Whiting converted, and the Fishermen led 23-14 after one.
Raymond cut it to 35-27 at halftime, by which point Nisbett already had 18 points.
In the third quarter, Raymond knocked down six three-pointers, four of them by Joseph Villalpando. But the Fishermen hit five threes of their own, two each by Douglas and Calvin Baze and a buzzer-beater by Alex West. Ilwaco scored 28 in the quarter to extend the lead to 63-49.
In the fourth quarter, Douglas continued showing an expanded offensive game, making plays on the drive. He drove and created for Parker Kaech for a 72-56 lead, then drove the baseline for a layup to extend the lead to 18. Baze followed with three assists of his own on drive-and-kick plays, helping the Fishermen pull away still further.
Kaech finished with 17 points, and Whiting had 14.
Baze had nine of his 11 points in the third quarter.
For Raymond, Tre Seydel scored 19 points, and Villalpando had 15 on five threes.