NASELLE - A talented and experienced Northwest Christian Navigators boys team left little doubt about their early season hoop status, as they overwhelmed the young, inexperienced Naselle Comets 62-35 Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Naselle gym.
The Pacific League contest was the opening game of the season for the Comets, the second for the Navs, who scored in double figures in all four quarters NHS could only reach double digits in one period, the third, when they nearly matched the Nav's point production. Other than that, the young Comets who started three sophomores and had only eight players suited up due to eligibility problems, fell steadily behind from the opening tip.
"We were simply outmanned by them," coach Ryan Bjornsgard said. "I was pleased with our effort but they just had too much. They started guys from 6'1" to 6'4," and they are all experienced from the team that finished second in league last year."
The Navs superiority was noted in the scoring column where three of the visitors scored in double figures, led by Sam Broeker's 17 points. The Comets had only one player, Aoy Marion, barely in doubles with 10 points. Ricky Johnson added 8 points. Both of NHS's leading scorers are sophomores.
After a close 12-9 first quarter, the Navs allowed the Comets only six second-period-points and led 24-15 at the intermission. NHS rallied in the third period, only being outscored 16-14 and trailed 40-26 after three. The Navs then "put the hammer down" with a 22-9 fourth period to coast to their 62-35 win.
"We gave them a battle in the third quarter. Mike Perez was 2 for 2 in the quarter and Ricky Johnson hit two threes in the third," said Bjornsgard.
NWC 12 12 16 22 -62
Naselle 9 6 14 9 -35
Northwest Christian (62) - Sam Broeker 17, Mattich 15, Pratt 13, Myers 8, Dibble 3, Ruiz 2, Kikugawa; Shooting: FG-26/59=44 percent, 3's-2/10, FT-2/6
Naselle (35) - Aoy Marion 10, Johnson 8, Hendrickson 4, M. Perez 4, Williams 4, White 3, Wise 2, P. Perez; Shooting: FG-16/43=37 percent, 3's-2/17, FT-1/9; Rebounds: Johnson 7, Hendrickson 5, M. Perez 5