MORTON — Kolby Glenn’s tying three-pointer led to overtime, and Naselle won the four-minute extra period 15-10 for a 67-62 victory over Morton-White Pass Tuesday, Dec. 17. Ethan Lindstrom led the Comets with 26 points, while Hayden Young scored 25 for M-WP.
During the first half Naselle got experience with its 3-2 zone, which the team has been learning under coach Bill Olsen. M-WP found some holes in the zone to close the half on an 11-0 run over the final 2:02 for a 36-31 lead.
Naselle opened the third quarter in man defense and slowed the Wolves down. Kolby Glenn brought the Comets back with seven points in the first 3:07 of the period, getting a pair of layups off hesitation dribbles and once dribbling into a three-pointer. Chase Haataia then took a charge under the basket and grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds in traffic the other way, finishing the play with a put-back to tie it at 40 with 4:06 in the quarter.
Gary Dotson started having more success thwarting Glenn, and the Wolves at times suffocated Naselle. But Lindstrom went one-on-one a few times to help keep them afloat. He crossed over into an open jumper with 6:02 left in the game, but the Wolves clung to a 50-49 lead. What followed was a 3:28 scoring drought that ended with Young’s jumper in the lane. That put the Wolves up by three entering the final stretch.
The Comets’ answer came on Glenn’s three from the right corner. Jimmy Strange pierced the defense just enough to lure Glenn’s defender into help defense, and quickly found his open teammate, who tied it with 1:32 left. With 21 seconds remaining, Glenn got a wide-open look from three-point range but missed. Young missed a bank shot for the win at the other end, sending the game into overtime.
To start overtime, Strange again got a couple of dribbles in from the perimeter to draw help defense, this time finding Haataia for an open three. Young tied it back up with a three from the corner with Haataia’s hand in his face. Lindstrom answered with a three of his own.
The Comets continued coming through on defense. Strange blocked Layten Collette from behind to prevent a layup. Gregory and Lindstrom took charges on back-to-back possessions.
With Naselle up 60-57, Glenn got a screen from Haataia, which rid him of Dotson. With Tyler Blake switched onto him, Glenn seemed to sense a mismatch, dancing into a three-pointer that gave the Comets a six-point lead with only 57.9 seconds remaining.
After yet another Young bucket cut the lead to four, M-WP used a full-court press to force a turnover. But Dotson missed both free throws, and the Wolves never got closer.