Prep basketball roundup: Ocosta hits its free throws to edge out NWC, 41-39

Boys basketball

Wildcats 41, Navigators 39

WESTPORT — Kurt Bambauer’s two free throws with 21 seconds left turned into the game-winning shots for Ocosta as the Wildcats held off visiting Northwest Christian in this Pacific League matchup on Tuesday.

Bambauer’s two shots from the charity stripe solidified a solid night of shooting for the Wildcats — 15-for-17 from the line — and led by as many as 13 in the game. The visiting Navigators, who were 4-for-8 from the line, hit their 3-point shots, including three in a row in the fourth quarter, to tie the game.

“I told the guys that in the past, we would have folded at that point,” Ocosta head coach Jason Quinby said. “With this group, they believe they can win and we ended up pulling it out.”

Alex Herrera led all scorers with 14 points, with Bambauer knocking home 10 points and James Benn pulling in 13 rebounds for Ocosta, which has won three straight games. Coach Quinby cited Bambauer for his defense on Austin Koukal, who led NWC with 13 points.

Koukal had one shot to take the game away at the buzzer, but his final attempt from the corner fell short.

Today, Ocosta (2-2, 5-5) hits the road to take on Wishkah.

NWC 7 7 10 15 — 39 Oco 12 9 10 10 — 41

Northwest Christian (39) — Koukal 13, Shoffner 6, Bodine 9, Boogard 5, Zhou 4, Kier, Thomas 2, Woolridge, Kosieraski. FG — 15-35. (.429). FT — 4-8.

Ocosta (41) — Tackett 4, Sobrera 4, Herrera 14, Bambauer 10, Krigbaum, Wright 1, Rindlisbacher 2, Benn 6. FG — 13-40 (.314).FT — 15-17.

Vikings 49, Hyaks 42

MENLO — A tight defensive game by Willapa Valley, combined with a cold night of shooting by North Beach allowed the host Vikings to come away for a Pacific League win on Tuesday night.

The Vikings led throughout and controlled the game on the boards, outrebounding the Hyaks, 39-27. For North Beach, its best shooting quarter came in the fourth, a 6-for-12 clip that got it closer. In the first three quarters, the Hyaks were 11-for-39 from the field.

“They were cold,” Valley head coach John Peterson said. “I don’t think we shot well, too. Defensively, to play a team like that, they’re scary. If they get hot, they make everything. All of our kids did a great job on defense. Any time you beat a Larry Moore-coached team, you should be proud of yourself.”

Stephen Camenzind led all scorers with 19 points and Matt Konigsberger added 17 points and six steals for Valley (3-0, 6-2).David Rockett added 10 rebounds and five assists and was cited, along with Konigsberger and Camenzind, for his defensive work. Cody Buchanan was also cited for his play in the Vikings’ pressure defense.

Gabe Hernandez led the Hyaks with 17 points.

On Friday, Valley hosts Northwest Christian, while North Beach hosts South Bend.

NB 7 12 7 16 — 42 WV 15 11 13 10 — 49

North Beach (42) — Wagner 3, Thornton 5, Turner 6, Fry 2, Gonzalez, Hernandez 17, Chong 9. FG — 17-51 (.333). FT — 4-10.

Willapa Valley (49) — Sagen, Konigsberger 17, Buchanan 5, Friese, Rockett 4, Camenzind 19, Heckard, Pearson 4. FG — 19-54 (.352). FT — 7-13.

JV — North Beach won.

C Squad — North Beach won.

Gulls 61, Indians 21

SOUTH BEND — Raymond’s pressure defense took over this Pacific League game early to allow the visitors to run away from the Indians on Tuesday.

Marvin So led all scorers with 13 points and six steals for the Gulls, who led 37-8 at halftime over the Indians, who suited up just eight players (four varsity and four junior varsity) due to illness and injury.

“We played pretty good defense, especially in the first half,” Raymond head coach Mike Tully said. “Our pressure really got to them, both full-court and half-court.”

“Under the circumstances, the guys did as well as to be expected,” South Bend head coach Tom Betrozoff said. “In an already inexperienced bunch, we became more inexperienced. Raymond has a nice-looking team. They play good defense.”

Justin Elliott led South Bend (0-3, 0-7) with 12 points and nine rebounds and Mitch Edwards pulled down 10 rebounds.

Andrew Hamilton added seven rebounds and three steals for Raymond (3-0, 6-0).

On Friday, Raymond travels to Naselle and South Bend visits North Beach.

Ray 21 16 8 16 — 61 SB 5 3 7 6 — 21

Raymond (61) — So 13, Maneman 3, Bisby 6, Newman 6, Flemetis, Freeman 4, Murdock 7, Sida 6, J. Hamilton 2, Ratsavongsy 7, A. Hamilton 7, McFadden. FG — 27-68 (.397). FT — 4-5.

South Bend (21) — Johnson 4, Lewis 4, Madrid, Morales, Halverson 1, Kunke, Edwards, Elliott 12. FG — 8-38 (.211). FT — 4-8.