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 didnt score in double figures in any one eight-minute period.
We were without our leader tonight as Leo Mendoza couldnt play due to a medical issue, but give Raymond credit, they got to every loose ball and were more aggressive on offense and defense. We were out of sync all night, coach Brian Macy said.
Naselle fell behind 21-9 early in the second period and the Seagulls were able to maintain at least a nine point lead the remainder of the contest. The Comets offense sputtered so much that they managed a season-low 39 shots from the field, knocking down only 12 of them for 31 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 Bakers seven blocked shots as the angular junior continues to put fear into opponents who enter the paint for 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.
His junior varsity won 63-12 behind Levi Wasmundts 14 points and Brenden Greenfields 13. The Naselle C-squad defeated South Bend the night before 35-11 as Chad Andring scored seven points.