ILWACO - Ilwaco zipped past Astoria 60-46 here Tuesday in non-league basketball action on the strength of a whopping 37-18 second-half scoring binge. The Fishermen turned up the defensive pressure after the half break by using more double-teaming and broke Astoria's press effectively. It was at this time that their shots began to fall.
The Fishermen came out like gangbusters, as center Andy Hudkins hit a spinning cross-over lay up off the opening tip, and quickly built a 10-4 lead. During the course of the initial quarter Ilwaco missed a half-dozen inside shots and an Astoria three-pointer at the buzzer led to a 14-14 tie.
In the second period a drop in intensity from Ilwaco and Astoria, applying some defensive pressure of its own, turned the scoring tide in the Oregon Fishermen's favor, 23-28. Ilwaco's Ryan Cadwell scored seven unanswered points, Hudkins added two baskets on fall away jumpers, and Kyle Kaino hit a long arching "three" to give the home team a 39-34 lead after three stanzas.
Strong defense by Ilwaco and excellent ball handling by David Thorne, Kaino, and Cadwell against Astoria's full court press set the Fishermen on a 10-2 run and put the physical contest out of reach. Tony Crete was the recipient of the guards' good work as he hit on four lay ups and a hook shot. To add an exclamation point to the final frame, Hudkins stole a pass at mid court and threw down a two-handed dunk.
Cadwell led all scorers with 17 points on six of nine shooting and had seven rebounds and three assists. Hudkins added 14 points, eight boards, and four assists, while Kaino dropped in 13 markers, corralled six rebounds, and dished five assists. Thorne led the team with six assists and Adam Ellsworth, who was shackled with foul trouble most of the contest, chipped in four points.
Astoria held a 35-31 rebounding edge, but turned over the ball 22 times to Ilwaco's miniscule total of 13 turnovers. Astoria shot 35 percent from the field (17-48) and Ilwaco shot 45 percent (24-53), but only 53 percent from the foul line, while Astoria was seven of eight from the charity stripe for 88 percent.
The Fishermen, now 4-1 on the season, will meet Friday Harbor at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 27 in the Ilwaco Holiday Tournament. A win puts them in the Saturday night championship game at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of the GP Vanier (Canada) versus North Mason contest.
A loss against Friday Harbor will mean Ilwaco will play in the consolation round at 3 p.m., Dec. 28.
The Junior Varsity's record fell to 2-3 after losing a heart breaker, 36-40 to Astoria. Randy Wiegardt led the team in rebounding and scoring with 11 points, while Dylan Wirkkala at point guard added seven for Ilwaco.
Astoria 14 14 6 12 -46
Ilwaco 14 9 16 21 -60
Scoring - Cadwell 17, Hudkins 14, Kaino 13, Crete 10, Ellsworth 4, Thorne 2, Guelfi.
Astoria - Kennell 14, Cokely 11, Kancharla 10, Jasper 6, Cope 5.