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.

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 so I can’t complain about our selection. Now we need to get a little rest, regroup, and get ready to play some district basketball.”

With the win Naselle and North Beach’s 51-49 upset of South Bend the Comets won a coin toss and will be seeded third in next week’s District IV basketball tournament. Naselle will play reigning state 2B champion PeEll, who inexplicably was 5-9 in league play this season and won a playoff over Wahkiakum for sixth place in the Central League. The district game will be in Montesano Thursday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m.

The Comets led 25-18 at intermission after Hyak guard Derek Archer scored his team’s first 16 points. To kick off the third quarter Naselle went on an 11-2 romp to up the margin to 16 points and North Beach would get no closer until the final seconds.

Four Comets players were honored on Senior Night and the quartet came up big. Andy Gonzales and Leonel Mendoza recorded double-doubles as 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. Sophomore Dustin Eaton scored three and pilfered three steals and freshman Nick Strange had another stellar night with nine points and 10 rebounds. “I’m finally feeling comfortable on the court. I was pretty nervous at the first of the season, but now it’s just like playing in middle school,” Strange related.

“We played sloppy tonight, but this was emotional for me, knowing this is the last game my brother and I will play at home together,” Ollie Baker said. “I’ll miss playing on our own court and in front of all my friends here. It was good to end up with a win, even though we didn’t play our best game,” Mendoza added.

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 finished 4-8 in league play and 10-10 for the year.

Scott Smith’s junior varsity lost 40-38 after missing a three at the buzzer. Brenden Greenfield led the way with 15 points and Chandler Chapman scored seven, Nick Zimmerman and Jesse Lopez five, Trevin Leeland three, Cramer Smith two, and Ryley Queener added one.

Paul Wirkkala’s C-team won 31-26 behind Chad Andring’s 11 and Levi Wasmundt’s eight points. Ben Gonzales and Sam Scrabeck added four, Calvin Zimmerman and Jake Condon scored two apiece, and Jake Williams, Keith Reitz, Dakota Thompson, and David Blaylock also saw action.

 

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