ILWACO — Alex Kaino torched Raymond for 25 points, six assists and six steals, leading Ilwaco to a 68-52 win over the Seagulls Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Kaino hit three baskets, two off steals in the backcourt, in the first 1:42 of play. Daniel Whiting added a pick-pocket steal and score of his own for an 8-4 lead. Kaino went coast-to-coast for a basket, then drove and found Reese Tynkila for a three-pointer and a 13-6 lead. Kaino had ten points in the first quarter as Ilwaco took a 15-11 lead.
“One thing we want to do more of is dribble penetration,” Kaino said of an offense that has been a bit reliant on three-pointers much of the year. “As a point guard, that’s something I need to work on….I feel like if I play that way, it opens more things up.”
Raymond hung around, beating Ilwaco’s press and finding Kolin Koski and other big men open underneath the basket repeatedly. Koski had 12 first-half points, but Ilwaco led 30-26 at the break.
Kaino stole an inbound pass along the sideline and buried a deep three for a 37-30 third-quarter lead. John Glenn’s 70-foot outlet pass to Tenyson Ramsey allowed Ramsey to beat the third quarter buzzer with a layup, making it 49-38.
Kaino took over in the fourth. He slashed into traffic and came up with a three-point play. Glenn followed with a steal and fed Kaino, who ran the break and set up Daniel Whiting for a bucket and a 58-45 lead. Kaino pump-faked his man in the air, pulled up in front of the help defender, rose and hit the shot while being fouled, creating another three-point play. Kaino jab-faked into another three to make it 66-50 with under three minutes remaining.
Ramsey matched Kaino with six steals in the game and scored eight points. Reese Tynkila scored 12, and Daniel Whiting had 10.
Defending Pacific League champion Life Christian beat Ilwaco 62-43 at home on Dec. 15, improving to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in league play. Ilwaco (3-5, 3-3) trailed only 46-36 after three quarters before the Eagles stretched their lead a bit in the fourth.
Calvin Baze made his season debut for Ilwaco after breaking his leg during summer basketball. He had seven points and six rebounds. John Glenn hit three three-pointers and scored 12 points. Alex Kaino and Reese Tynkila each scored eight points.
The Fishermen have now lost to the top three teams in the Pacific League standings: Willapa Valley, Life Christian and Chief Leschi. Ilwaco is 17th in Ratings Percentage Index, the WIAA’s formula for ranking teams for seeding purposes, but 0-5 against teams in the top 20. Life Christian is number one, while Toledo, which beat the Fishermen by six earlier this year, is ranked second. Ilwaco will play at Montesano (4-2) on Friday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m.