MENLO Valley had five players in double figures in scoring and that balance was enough to knock off Naselle 77-69 in a key Pacific 2B League game there Saturday, Jan. 29 despite Ollie Bakers barrage of three-point shots and 28 points. Baker dropped in eight shots from beyond the arc in 11 tries, but it wasnt enough as the Vikings took an 11- point lead into the final period and held off the Comets late charge.
Leonel Mendoza added 15 points and Nick Strange had a season-high 12 for Naselle. Rob Baker contributed six and Dustin Eaton and Andy Gonzales each scored four points for the Comets. Strange dished out seven assists and Ollie Baker passed for six. Rob Baker had six rebounds and Gonzales and Ollie Baker each garnered five caroms.
Both teams were hot from the field as Naselle made 29-60 for 48 percent and Valley was 26-55 for 47 percent. The Vikings enjoyed homecooking from the free throw stripe as they sank 19-23 for 83 percent, while the Comets made 3-5 from the charity stripe. The Comets were able to win the rebounding battle 33-29, but turned the basketball over 13 times to only nine for the Vikings. Fouls were 10 for the home team and 18 for the Comets.
Ollie had a great shooting night and Nick took the basketball to the hoop with confidence against a good defender. Despite having a key player in foul trouble, we rebounded well and for the most part we took care of the basketball, and both teams shot extremely well, coach Brian Macy said.
It was a great game and both teams shot lights out, said Macy. Our offense is getting better and Im hoping it is coming along at the right time.
Naselle is now 6-5 in league play and 8-11 for the season, while Valley improves to 7-3 in the Pacific. Naselle won the junior varsity fray 40-37.