NASELLE - Raymond ran away with a 51-32 Pacific 2B League victory at Naselle Thursday, Jan. 27. The Seagulls won every quarter and avenged an earlier loss to the Comets, who didn't score in double figures in any one eight-minute period.
"We were without our leader tonight as Leo Mendoza couldn't play due to a medical issue, but give Raymond credit, they got to every loose ball and were more aggressive on offense and defense, in every phase of the game," Coach Brian Macy said.
Naselle fell behind 21-9 early in the second period and the Seagulls were able to maintain a double-digit lead the remainder of the contest. The Comets managed a season-low 40 shots from the field, knocking down 12 of them for 30 percent and were 7-13 from the foul line for 54 percent, while Raymond was 18-45 from the floor for 40 percent and they connected on 12-16 from the charity stripe for 75 percent.
The Seagulls worked for a 32-27 advantage on the glass, but turned the basketball over 26 times to 18 for Naselle. The one bright spot for the Comets was Rob Baker's seven blocked shots as the angular junior continues to put fear into opponents who enter the paint with a shot. He led all scorers with 13 points and also pulled down six rebounds.
Andy Gonzales scored seven points, Jesse Lopez added four, Dustin Eaton and Nick Strange both tallied three each and Ollie Baker had two points for the Comets. Gonzales, Eaton and Strange all had six rebounds apiece and Ollie Baker had two assists. Assistant coach Scott Smith said, "We need to stay focused. This is a game of details and we were so close to stopping a guy on defense or making a shot, but it didn't happen tonight."
His junior varsity won 63-12 behind Levi Wasmundt's 14 points and Brenden Greenfield's 13. The Naselle C-squad defeated South Bend the night before 35-11 as Chad Andring scored seven points.
Raymond improves to 4-5 in league play, while the Comets drop to 6-4 and are 8-10 for the season.