Payback win has Comets in second place tie

<p>Naselle’s Rob Baker defends a jump shot by South Bend’s Zak McDougall in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 69-53 blowout win.</p>

NASELLE — “This was a really good win for us. Now we have moved up in the standings. Our hard work in practice is starting to pay off,” said Naselle’s Nick Strange after the Comets avenged an earlier loss to South Bend 69-53 Saturday night in Naselle.

After trailing 20-19 with 6:15 left in the second period, the Comets went on a 18-7 run to close out the first half and never looked back. A pair of three-pointers by Sam Scrabeck and four of Rob Baker’s game-high 19 points sparked the Comets to take a 37-27 lead at the half. 

The third period saw Naselle extend their lead to 56-40 as Jesse Lopez scored six of his 14 points and Chandler Chapman scored five of his nine to ignite the Comets. Chapman’s last bucket was a layup on a spectacular baseline drive to beat the buzzer and put Naselle up by 16 at the end of three quarters.

At the 3:44 mark of the fourth the Comets took their largest lead of the night, 67-45, when Trevin Leeland’s pass found Lopez wide open under the basket for an easy layin. 

“This win helps give us more confidence. I am glad my teammates found me open and made good passes,” Lopez said after a season-high 14 points. “At the beginning of the year we were struggling, but we have improved a lot.”

Naselle has won five of their last six games, including three straight league encounters. The Comets used their quickness and blocked out well enough to out-rebound the much taller South Bend team, 40-33. Seniors Baker and Lopez led Naselle with nine boards each and sophomore Strange added eight.

Strange had six assists, while Baker and Leeland both dished out four.  Scrabeck and Chapman each added nine points.

“This was a great win for us because it avenged a close loss to South Bend there. I was in foul trouble that game, but not tonight, and that was the key for me and our team,” Baker explained. 

“It is great to win and move up in the league standings after we didn’t get off to too good of a start this season,” Chapman said.

The Comets shot 43 percent from the field, going 25-48, but they were as chilly as the winter weather at the foul line again, making only 17-31 for 55 percent. The fact that they had 31 trips to the charity stripe was a credit to their aggressive offensive play throughout the contest.

South Bend shot only 38 percent from the floor on 18-47 but were 12-17 from the line for 71 percent. Naselle had only 13 turnovers against South Bend’s various pressing and zone defenses, while South Bend turned the ball over 21 times against the Comets’ pressure man-to-man and occasional zone defense.

“Our goal at the start of the season was to be playing our best basketball by February and I think we are getting there,” said Macy. 

The Comets evened their season mark at 7-7, but more importantly moved into a second place tie with a 4-3 mark. Naselle is tied with North Beach, Northwest Christian, and South Bend, all behind Raymond who is 6-0 in league play.

Naselle’s junior varsity won 55-37 as Jake Williams led the way with 15 points. Levi Wasmundt, Tony Lopez and Cole Bergeson each scored 10 points for the Comets.


So. Bend  14  13  13  13 — 53

Naselle   16   21  19  13 — 69

South Bend — Brad Neumeyer 15, Miles Davis 3, Thomas Perez, Sam Diaz 6, Levi Bale 5, Zak McDougall 13, Slater Cearns 8, Max Davis 3

Naselle — Baker 19, Scrabeck 9, Chapman 9, Strange 16, Leeland 1, Lopez 14, Eaton 1, Seth Scrabeck, Cramer Smith


No refs means no game for Naselle girls

SOUTH BEND — After Naselle players, coaches and fans traveled to South Bend for the scheduled girls’ Pacific 2B League JV and varsity games on Friday the 13th, they found out that there were no officials assigned to work the contests. The games had been rescheduled for Jan. 17 at South Bend, but a winter storm warning caused the game to be postponed again. A new date is yet to be set.

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