NASELLE - Knappa dominated the glass 45-17 after three periods and led 54-25 going into the final period as the Loggers notched a 64-41 non-league win at Naselle Wednesday, Jan 5. The Comets managed to win the final frame 16-10 as clean jerseys on both sides finished out the fray.
"We did not block out to rebound and we did not go through the lane with authority on offense against a very good basketball team," Coach Brian Macy said after 11 Comets saw action in the contest. "Back to back games may have taken something out of us, but there is no excuse for not playing more aggressively. Hopefully we will learn from this."
For Naselle Leo Mendoza had a dozen points and off the bench Trevin Leeland added nine on a trio of treys and Jesse Lopez rolled in seven points in the paint and from the line. Dustin Eaton and Rob Baker each scored four and both had four steals and six rebounds. Nick Strange added three points and Nick Zimmerman scored a basket.
Knappa had 10 players in the scoring column, with Brian Lampa and Brian Kaul leading the well-balanced and powerful attack with 11 points each. For the contest the Loggers won the war of the boards 51-24 and each team turned the slippery basketball over 18 times.
Naselle was 15-43 for 35 percent from the field, while Knappa was 24-58 for 41 percent from the floor. The Comets knocked down five three-point shots and the Loggers connected on six. Knappa was 10-13 for 77 percent from the line, while Naselle was only 6-20 for a season-low 30 percent from the charity stripe. The Comets were whistled for 12 fouls to 16 infractions for the Loggers.
Naselle is now 4-7 for the year and Knappa, who has been ranked number one at the 3A level in Oregon most of the season improves to 7-1. Seaside C-squad defeated Paul Wirkkala's Comets 46-23 despite six points each from Chad Andring and Corey Gilbert. The Naselle junior varsity hit three of four foul shots in the final 10 seconds to knock off Knappa 42-40 for Coach Scott Smith. Calvin Zimmerman hit the winning free tosses and Levi Wasmundt and David Blaylock came up big down the stretch.