NASELLE — The Naselle boys basketball team (14-1) opened their quest for a District IV 1B crown by clobbering North River (7-4) 77-41 Thursday, June 3 at Lyle Patterson Gymnasium in Naselle.

The Comets jumped all over the Mustangs in the opening minutes, fueled by a 3-point barrage from Naselle senior guard Kolby Glenn. Glenn sank three straight trifectas as the Comets took a 17-5 lead after the first quarter.

North River was able to weather the storm in the second quarter and edge back into the game as Naselle took a 30-20 advantage into the half.

In the third quarter, Naselle seniors Warren Wirkkala, Kolby Glenn and Jimmy Strange alternated steals and three-pointers as the Comets took a commanding 55-32 lead.

With one minute remaining in the quarter and the game well in hand for Naselle with a 25-point lead, tempers flared between two players on the court, resulting in both players — one on each team — being benched for the remainder of the game.

Following the altercation, play resumed and Naselle delivered the final knockout punch with a flurry in the fourth quarter, cruising to a 77-41 victory.

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