Even with a 9 p.m. start, the Seaside boys basketball team was playing lively basketball Thursday night, Dec. 17, in an opening-round game of the Seaside Holiday Classic.

Action continues today and concludes Saturday at Seaside High School.

The Gulls opened the game vs. Madras with a 3-pointer by Jackson Januik, and started the second half with a trey by Hunter Thompson, as Seaside was never threatened in the 73-62 win.

Jaxson Smith poured in a game-high 28 points for the Gulls, who will face Sisters in tonight’s semifinals (9 p.m.). Astoria plays Newport in the other semifinal, as the two teams are on a Clatsop Clash collision course for the tournament championship.

Seaside’s first half lead reached 33-16, before Madras staged a brief rally to pull within 39-31 at halftime.

Thompson and Smith both drained 3-pointers to push the lead back to 61-34 at the end of the third quarter.

Januik and Thompson each finished with 12 points.

Seaside 47, Madras 29

It was technically a “come from behind” victory for the Seaside girls Thursday night, in a first round game of the Holiday Classic.

Trailing Madras 4-2 early, the Lady Gulls went on a 17-2 run to close the first half, on their way to a 47-29 win.

Consecutive scores by Maddi Utti and Paige Ideue in the third helped Seaside open a 28-10 lead, with a jumper by Lucy Bodner making it 32-16.

Utti hit a 3-pointer and Sydney Villegas had a three-point early in the fourth, as Seaside pulled away.

Utti led with 23 points.

The Gulls play Lost River in tonight’s semifinals.

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