TACOMA — Naselle scored four points in the first 30 seconds of overtime and got nothing the rest of the way, but held on for the 64-63 victory over Concordia Christian in Tacoma Thursday, Dec. 6.
After Concordia’s Daniel Perry forced overtime with a three-point play, the Comets quickly jumped on top. Cole Dorman caught the opening tip near the center-court circle and took an open path to the basket for a layup. Then, on a Concordia miss, Ethan Lindstrom took off ahead of the defense, Antonio Nolan hit him with a long pass and Lindstrom put in the layup for the four-point lead.
After that, neither team could get a shot to fall until a Kyle Wells three-pointer from several feet beyond the arc brought Concordia within one point with six seconds remaining. Despite this clutch shot, Concordia did not get another chance. During the anticlimactic final seconds, it took three fouls to put the Comets in the bonus and send them to the free throw line. Antonio Nolan missed the front end with two seconds left, not even enough time for the rebounder to turn around and get off an 80-foot heave.
Lindstrom helped Naselle shake off a rough start to regulation by shooting five for six in the first half. He scored four of the team’s eight first-quarter points. Lindstrom added eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, in the second quarter. Naselle trailed 14-8 after one but cut it to 25-24 by halftime.
Corey Gregory excelled as a playmaker in third quarter. He got a three-point play driving around the defense, attacked from the baseline to set up a Cole Dorman three-pointer, and fed Jacob Eaton on a pick-and-roll. Naselle led 45-41 after three.
Nolan went on the attack with six points in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, extending the lead to 51-45.
With Naselle in a shooting slump and hanging onto a two-point lead, Lindstrom hit a shot in traffic that made it 56-52 with 2:04 left. Out of a timeout, Cole Dorman cut around a screen and scored for a 58-54 lead with 1:29. Wells answered with a three-point play, cutting the lead to one. Eaton’s bank shot from the side of the key stretched the Comets’ lead to 60-57 with 40 seconds remaining.
Perry made a great move, dribbling around the Comets’ defense from the top of the key for a layup and the foul, converting the tying three-point play with 25.6 seconds left. Eaton missed a couple of contested shots inside as regulation wound down, sending the game into overtime.
Julian Pandell’s 22 points led Concordia. For Naselle, Lindstrom scored 19 points, Nolan had 16, Eaton scored 12 and Dorman added 10.
IHS tops South Bend 70-26
ILWACO — Ilwaco beat South Bend 70-26 Thursday, Dec. 6.
The Fishermen led just 10-6 after a quarter against the winless Indians (0-3 at week’s end). But Alex Kaino sparked a 9-0 run to start the second quarter, hitting a three-pointer, swiping a steal, and scoring on a put-back.
The Fishermen led 31-15 by halftime, then opened the third period on a 21-0 run. Reese Tynkila overpowered South Bend in the post during that stretch, while Kaino thrived on the break.
Junior Blake Kukula, getting some varsity minutes as a varsity-JV “swing player,” came in in the fourth quarter and repeatedly got open behind the three-point arc, where he hit two of four attempts.
IHS slams NWC 55-7
LACEY — Erika Glenn had 17 points and eight steals and Ebby McMullen added 11 points, as Ilwaco crushed Northwest Christian 55-7 in Lacey Friday, Dec. 7.
Ilwaco improved to 4-0, tied with Willapa Valley atop the Pacific League; Ocosta is also unbeaten in league play at 3-0.
Ilwaco visits North Beach Saturday and hosts Raymond Tuesday the 18th.
NWC squeaks by IHS
LACEY — Reese Tynkila’s 30 points were not quite enough as Ilwaco lost 59-57 in overtime at Northwest Christian on Friday, Dec. 7.
With the loss by Ilwaco (4-1 overall, 3-1 Pacific League), the 4-0 Willapa Valley Vikings are already the league’s only unbeaten team. Northwest Christian (4-1, 3-1) has lost only to Valley by one point. Ilwaco, Northwest Christian, Ocosta and Life Christian are tied for second in the league.
Ilwaco hosts North Beach on Friday at 7 p.m. and Raymond on Monday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.