Hyaks 70, Wildcats 53
OYEHUT — Brilliant foul shooting enabled North Beach to hold off Ocosta on Friday night and claim a share of the Pacific League boys basketball championship.
The Hyaks (11-1, 19-1) tied Willapa Valley for the league title. While the two teams will officially share the championship, they will play off at 6 p.m. Monday at Ocosta to determine district seedings.
The underdog Wildcats (6-6, 10-10) remained close most of the way, trailing by only three with four minutes remaining. North Beach, 22-of-25 from the foul line for the night, was unerring from the stripe during crunch time.
“They executed the last three minutes to perfection,” Ocosta coach Jason Quinby said.
“One thing with this team, it seems like we find a way,” North Beach coach Larry Moore said. “We hadn’t been shooting free throws that well and tonight we did.”
Pedro Gonzales went 8-of-8 from the foul line, while Corey Thornton made all five of his free throws.
Pacific League MVP Gabe Hernandez paced North Beach with 19 points and eight rebounds. Gonzales had a fine all-around game with 16 points and eight rebounds. Josh Takagi came off the bench to dish up three assists.
Alex Herrera scored 15 points and Caleb Tackett 13 for Ocosta. Tackett also pulled down 10 rebounds. James Benn led Wildcat rebounders with 14.
The Wildcats won a coin flip with Raymond to determine the league’s third seed. They open district competition Thursday at Montesano.
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Ocosta (53) — Short 2, Prigmore, Tackett 13, Sobrera 8, Herrera 15, Bambauer 4, Juarez 3, Benn 8. FG — 18-56 (.321). FT — 8-12.
North Beach (70) — Beck 7, Thornton 16, Gonzales 16, Justin Chong 6, Takagi 4, Ketter 2, Hernandez 19, Fry, Bridge. FG — 22-64 (.344). FT — 22-25.
Vikings 60, Gulls 32
RAYMOND — Stephen Camenzind scored 24 points as Willapa Valley earned a share of the Pacific League championship by trouncing Raymond on Friday at Raymond.
With their 11th straight victory, the Vikings (11-1, 17-3) tied North Beach for the league championship. It was Valley’s first piece of a league title since 2007.
The Twin Harbors rivals will meet in a district seeding game scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Ocosta High School.
Kyler Oblad added 12 points and seven assists and Matt Konigsberger 11 points for the Vikings. All 11 of Konigsberger’s points came in the first quarter.
The Vikings took charge early, leading 18-6 after one quarter.
“We just couldn’t penetrate Valley’s defense,” interim Seagull coach Ron Bell said. “They played an outstanding defensive game. We just didn’t have an answer for them offensively.”
“We really played well as a team defensively,” Valley coach John Peterson agreed.
He credited Cody Buchanan and Konigsberger with particularly strong defensive efforts and reserve Anthony Sagen for a tactical suggestion that proved successful.
The Vikings committed only five turnovers.
Ally Phansisay topped Raymond with eight points. Darol Ratsavongsy and Luke Hamilton each grabbed six rebounds for the Gulls (6-6, 9-10).
Raymond opens district competition Thursday at Montesano.
Willapa Valley (60) — Sagen, Buchanan 4, Konigsberger 11, Cook 2, Oblad 12, Fluke, Pearson 6, Camenzind 24, Graves 1. FG — 23-49 (.469). FT — 11-17.
Raymond (32) — Crow 2, Freeman 2, Newman 3, Phansisay 8, Stepp 2, Hamilton 6, Ratsavongsy 5, Lund 4. FG — 13-40 (.325). FT — 4-8.
JV — Willapa Valley won.
Bulldogs 53, Warriors 51
ROCHESTER — Led by Kenny Roy’s 27 points, Montesano withstood a late Rochester rally in an Evergreen 1A League finalé on Friday at Rochester.
The Bulldogs led by five entering the fourth quarter. The Warriors stormed back to take a 44-43 advantage midway through the period. Monte’s Logan Truax answered with a basket, however, and the Bulldogs (6-6, 11-8) maintained a narrow lead the rest of the way.
Down by two, Rochester missed the front end of a one-and-one foul line opportunity, plus two potential game-tying field-goal attempts, in the final 17 seconds.
“It wasn’t our best game of the year,” Monte coach Doug Galloway conceded. “We didn’t seem to come out with much fire. To be able to not play your best and come out with a W is a great thing.”
Kody Usher added 11 points for the Bulldogs.
Montesano will host Toledo in a district play-in contest Tuesday night.
Montesano (53) — Truax 2, Usher 11, Chastain 2, Roy 27, Nelson 2, Herzog, Hopsecger 3, Bialkowsky 6. FG — n/a. FT — 8-18.
Rochester (51) — McLemore, Rigsbee 3, Boman, Yarber 6, Gedney 19, Ranger 8, Kennedy 2, Wilson 7, Nelson 6. FG — n/a. FT — 11-18.
Elks 44, Owls 34
AMANDA PARK — Kobe Kalama poured through 21 points as Lake Quinault beat Mary M. Knight in a non-league game Friday at Amanda Park.
Dylan Dorhofer grabbed 15 rebounds and Chayton Johnson collected 12 boards for the Elks (6-12).
“It came down to defense and hard work, really,” Quinault coach Clinton Potter said.
The Elks will travel to Three Rivers Christian for their district 1B opener on Feb. 15.
Mary Knight 8 9 5 12 — 34
Lake Quinault 13 16 8 7 — 44
Knight (34) — Pais 6, Frost, T. Diggle, J. Anderson 6, M. Thompson, A. Thompson 8, Compton, Willey 11, Redeker 3. FG — 15-50. FT — 2-9.
Lake Quinault (44) — Johnson 7, Silva, Hsu 4, Ramirez, Kalama 21, Lines 2, Hidalgo, Diggle, Dorhofer 10. FG — 13-45. FT — 16-28.
Owls 50, Elks 48
AMANDA PARK — Ashley Kiliz’s clutch foul shooting enabled Mary M. Knight to nip Lake Quinault in a non-league game Friday at Amanda Park.
Kiliz made all four of her free throws in the fourth quarter as the Owls (14-3) withstood an Elk rally.
Melodie Snyder topped Mary M. Knight with 13 points and six rebounds. Miranda Sowle had eight steals, seven rebounds and six assists for the Owls. Knight point guard Jaycee Valley was sidelined in the first quarter with a shoulder injury.
“Miranda really did a good job of handling the ball tonight,” Knight coach Lance Valley said. “All the girls stepped up and played well the second half.”
Quinault’s Alex Blackburn and Faith Thomas each made 6-of-7 field-goal attempts. Blackburn finished with 15 points and Thomas 14.
Romey Begay contributed eight rebounds, three steals and four blocked shots for the Elks (8-8). Mikaila Blackburn swiped five steals.
“It was a good game for us,” Lake Quinault assistant coach Jon Neeland said. “We didn’t hit free throws, that was the biggest thing.”
While district seedings have not yet formally been announced, Lake Quinault will evidently travel to Three Rivers Christian for its district opener on Feb. 15.
Mary M. Knight (50) — Valley, Bearden, Sowle 11, K. Kiliz, A. Kiliz 9, Snyder 13, Adsero 9, Dierkop 8. FG — 17-53 (.321). FT — 13-21.
Lake Quinault (48) — Begay 9, Thomas 14, A. Blackburn 15, Esparza 4, M. Blackburn 3, Allen 3. FG — 16-45 (.356). FT — 10-20.
Subregional 2A tourney
TUMWATER — Eight Aberdeen wrestlers advanced to the championship semifinals of the Subregional 2A Tournament on Friday at Tumwater.
Erick Juarez, at 126 pounds, Grant Bowley (132), Erikk Machowek (138), Tristen Jimenez (145), Kolby Shelton (152), Tavo Sanchez (170), Ben Tupper (195) and heavyweight Jordon Logan each won their first two matches to qualify for the semis.
The tourney is scheduled to conclude today, weather permitting, with the top four at each weight, advancing to regionals Feb. 15 at Steilacoom.
The opening day of the tourney provided few surprises for the Bobcats. Seven of the semifinalists were seeded in the top four at their respective weights.
“Everything went just as planned,” Aberdeen coach Chuck Veloni said.
Juarez, who was seeded fifth at 126, provided a mild upset by outlasting fourth-seeded Levi Ponce of River Ridge in triple overtime, 10-8, in one of the day’s most exciting bouts.