On the practice floor

Gulls hone their skills in preseason play.

Seaside bounced back from an opening night loss Dec. 4 with a 57-53 win over Stayton in a nonleague boys basketball game Dec. 6 at Seaside.

The game wasn’t nearly as close as the final score, as the Gulls held a 39-25 lead midway through the third quarter, before the Eagles made a late run in the fourth.

Seaside’s Brayden Johnson scored 11 of his game-high 21 points in the first quarter, but the senior found himself on the bench with three fouls early in the second period.

And that kept the Eagles close for the remainder of the first half, which ended with the Gulls holding a slim 24-19 lead.

Stayton scored the first two points of the third quarter, but Johnson and Stephen Snyder went on a scoring rampage from there, outscoring the Eagles 15-4 in a decisive run.

While Johnson scored most of his points in the first eight minutes of the game, Snyder scored most of his in the final 16. Snyder finished with 17 points after scoring just two in the first half.

Back-to-back 3-point baskets by Stayton’s Logan Classen and Malachi Muhic helped the Eagles close to within 53-48 with 1:48 remaining, before Snyder put the game away at the free throw line.

Cascade 56, Seaside 53

Cascade had the height advantage, and held the advantage on the scoreboard at the end, as the Cougars scored the upset of opening night play in 4A boys basketball Dec. 4.

In front of their home crowd in Turner, Cascade held off a big Seaside rally in the final three minutes for a 56-53 win over the Gulls, who lost their season opener for the second year in a row.

Seaside senior Brayden Johnson led all scorers with 20 points, but Cascade junior Drake Davis poured in 18, junior Justus Bischoff added 11 and Carson Bischoff scored 10 for the Cougars.

The Gulls spent much of the night trying to rally, after falling behind 11-4 in the opening quarter.

Johnson scored 15 of his 20 in the second quarter, and put Seaside in front 24-20 late in the first half, before the Cougars tied it at halftime, 26-26.

Davis keyed a big third quarter for Cascade, draining a pair of 3-pointers, the second with 1:30 remaining to give the Cougars a 39-31 lead.

Ryan Hague finished with 10 points for the Gulls, but the senior was held scoreless until the final period.

A basket by Hague early in the fourth had Seaside within 45-41, but a 3-pointer by Cascade’s Matt-Alex Raney pushed the Cougar lead back to 50-41.

The Gulls rallied again with a trey from Beau Johnson and back-to-back scores by Everest Sibony and Brayden Johnson, helping Seaside close to within 52-48.

Carson Bischoff converted a two-point basket for a 54-48 lead, but Hague answered with five straight points, including a layup with 56 seconds remaining that had the Gulls within 54-53.

Seaside had several opportunities to take the lead, but a miss and a foul by the Gulls led to two made free throws by Justus Bischoff with 6.7 seconds remaining.

Seaside’s Stephen Snyder missed a desperation 3-pointer as time ran out, and the Cougars held on for the victory.

Beau Johnson added 16 points for the Gulls, who outscored Cascade 19-15 in the fourth quarter.

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