QUINAULT Chandler Chapmans driving layup tied the game at 59-59 with 4.9 seconds remaining, but Jose Garcia snapped a 30-footer at the buzzer to give Quinault a 62-59 non-league basketball win at the home of the Elks Dec. 20.
We had at least a dozen chances to put the game away, but we just couldnt score consistently. We didnt rebound well in the fourth quarter and gave Quinault too many second-chance shots. We also put them on the foul line a dozen times in the fourth period and we were not trying to foul to get the ball back, coach Brian Macy said.
Dustin Eaton had a career-high 22 points, with 12 of his tallies coming from beyond the arc in the first half. The Comets battled to be within 32-28 at intermission, thanks in large part to Eatons deft touch from outside and crashing the boards for three in the paint field goals before intermission.
The fourth quarter the Comets led most of the way by two or three points. Naselle was up 57-55 when they committed a foul and later a costly turnover, allowing the Elks to sink four straight foul shots and take a 59-57 advantage before Chapmans clutch basket. There were 17.6 seconds remaining and we drew up a play and ran it to perfection to tie the score, Macy said. Unfortunately we gave them just a half-second too long to get a long shot off and it went in.
Eaton had 11 rebounds and Chapman pulled down 12 for the Comets. David Blaylock dished out five assists and scored eight points and Eaton passed for four assists. Calvin Zimmerman and Levi Wasmundt had solid games for us tonight. Unfortunately Quinault played one of their better games, also, coach Macy said. Zimmerman finished with two points and Wasmundt knocked down six.
Jake Williams hit a trey and finished with five points, Sam Scrabeck banked home a three and had seven points, and Blaylock also rolled in a shot from beyond the arc to add to his total of eight points.
The Elks garnered 34 rebounds to 27 for the Comets. Naselle had 24 turnovers to 19 for Quinault. The head of a seven-point elk hangs from the mid-court line and both Naselle and Quinault knocked down seven three-point shots in the contest. The Comets had 23 two-point field goals to 21 for the home team, but the Elks were 13-24 from the line (54 percent) to Naselles 6-12 from the free toss line.
Naselle falls to 1-6 for the season and they are 0-2 in the Pacific League, while the Elks improve to 2-6 for the year.
The Comets junior varsity squad eked out a 32-29 victory behind the seven points of Skyler York and five from Cole Bergeson.
Naselle 13 15 12 19 --59
Quinault 18 14 10 20 --62
NaselleSam Scrabeck 7, Chandler Chapman 9, Tony Lopez, David Blaylock 8, Levi Wasmundt 6, Calvin Zimmerman 2, Jake Williams 5, Dustin Eaton 22, Adrian Corona
QuinaultGarcia 13, Carlisle 15, Lines 3, Kalama 7, Venegas 13, Erdman 11, Colten, Peters