NASELLE - The Comets got hot in the fourth period and went ahead 48-28 over North Beach with 2:12 to go and then stayed in orbit for a 48-35 Pacific 2B League finale victory at Lyle Patterson Gymnasium Tuesday, Feb. 1. With the win Naselle is assured of a berth in next week's District IV basketball tournament as at least a fourth seed, in Montesano Thursday, Feb. 10 with time and opponent to be determined.
After finding out the Comets were 20-67 shooting from the field for a mere 30 percent, Coach Brian Macy said, "We came out tight and maybe a little tired and that may have been why we shot so poorly. At least 65 of those were good shots we could have made. Now we need to get a little rest, regroup, and get ready to play some district basketball."
The Comets led 25-18 at intermission after Hyak guard Derek Archer scored his team's first 16 points. Naselle then went on an 11-2 romp to up the margin to 16 points and North Beach would get no closer until the final seconds.
On Senior Night Andy Gonzales and Leonel Mendoza came up big with double-doubles. Gonzales scored 10 and had 10 rebounds and Mendoza rolled in 11 points and garnered 11 boards. Chase Chapman scored five points in the first period and Ollie Baker scored four, dished out four assists, and nabbed six rebounds.
Junior Rob Baker had six points, six boards, three blocked shots, and three assists. Freshman Nick Strange had another stellar night with nine points and 10 rebounds and sophomore Dustin Eaton scored three and pilfered three steals.
The Comets were 5-9 from the foul line and the Hyaks were 2-5 from the free throw stripe as both teams committed 13 fouls apiece. Naselle won the battle of the boards 51-39 and forced 23 turnovers to 15 of their own, with five miscues coming in the fourth period when reserves dominated play. The Hyaks shot 32 percent, going 16-50 from the field.
Naselle finishes their regular season at 7-5 in the Pacific and 9-11 overall, while the Hyaks fall to 3-8 in league play and 9-10 for the year.