Seaside 74, Tillamook 53
TILLAMOOK — Tillamook stayed with Seaside longer than most teams, but not nearly long enough Friday night, in a Cowapa League boys basketball game at Tillamook.
The Cheesemakers were within nine points to start the fourth quarter, when the Gulls kicked in to overdrive and pulled away for an easy 74-53 win.
A Tillamook basket to end the third period had the Cheesemakers within 51-42, but Seaside’s Jackson Januik opened the fourth with two 3-pointers, added another two off a steal, and Payton Westerholm’s jump shot pushed the lead to 61-42.
Chase Januik led a foursome of players in double figures with 19, followed by Westerholm with 17, while Jackson Januik and Hunter Thompson scored 10 apiece.
The No. 1-ranked Gulls improve to 14-0 overall, 4-0 in league.
Seaside 62, Tillamook 47
TILLAMOOK — Seaside missed 46 shots from the field and 15 free throws — but the Gulls still managed a 15-point win Friday night at Tillamook.
The winless Cheesemaker girls basketball team put a scare into the Gulls, but Seaside remained unbeaten in Cowapa League play with a 62-47 win.
Tillamook’s Jennifer Tuatagaloa scored on an offensive rebound to start the fourth quarter, and the Cheesemakers held a brief 40-39 lead.
But the upset of the night in 4A girls basketball didn’t happen, as Maddi Utti’s steal and score seconds later put the Gulls up for good.
Seaside was 25-for-71 from the field, 10-for-25 at the free throw line.
Utti — who was in early foul trouble — added a three-point play later in the fourth to help Seaside pull away for the win.
Utti only had two points in the first half, but finished with 18 points, to go with six steals and six assists. Bryre Babbitt and Sydney Villegas added 13 points apiece, and Anesha Smart tossed in 10 points with five rebounds.
“This was not an easy game,” said Seaside coach Mike Hawes. “Tillamook came to play, they were methodical in breaking our pressure, shot the ball pretty well and hurt us on the glass.”
He added, “Tillamook took the lead somewhere there late in the third quarter and then we responded, showed some poise and had a solid fourth quarter to put the game away. But it was not easy. Bryre was huge — she made shots from a lot of different places. She’s really becoming a solid third scorer behind Maddi and Sydney.”
Ideue “made some plays, especially on the defensive end,” Hawes said. “Anesha Smart just made some critical buckets for us. She was a difference maker tonight and we definitely needed it.”