LACEY - Naselle was within six points with six minutes remaining in the contest when Northwest Christian went on a tear and blasted the Comets 80-58 with a 32-point fourth period there Tuesday, Jan. 18. "We had turnovers, unforced errors, lost their shooters on defense, the wheels fell off and then it snowballed," coach Brian Macy lamented about the final 36 seconds of the Pacific 2B League contest.
"On the bright side we shot better than we have been shooting (46 percent from the field and 73 percent from the line) and played well in spurts against a team that is hot right now and in first place," Macy related. Leonel Mendoza continues to perform at all-league caliber as he rolled in 23 points, pulled down eight rebounds, dished out three assists and secured a pair of steals.
Ollie Baker had a double-double as he scored 11 points and hauled in 11 rebounds and also dished out five assists. Andy Gonzales added 11 off the bench, while nabbing six boards, and Rob Baker managed six points while being shackled with foul troubles most of the night; Nick Strange added five, and Dustin Eaton scored a bucket for the Comets.
Naselle connected on 23 of 50 field goal attempts, including four three-pointers and made 8-11 from the line for 73 percent. The Navigators were even more torrid from the floor, converting six of 10 from beyond the arc while making 31-55 from the floor for 56 percent. The home team knocked down 12-21 from the charity stripe for 57 percent accuracy.
The Navs were whistled for nine fouls to 13 for Naselle, but the Comets won the battle of the boards 36-24. Naselle's downfall was its 17 turnovers to only seven for NWC. The veteran Navigators had five players in double-figures in scoring, while the Comets managed only three in double digits.