The Estacada Rangers were feeling pretty good in the opening minute of the third quarter, trailing Seaside by just one point, 35-34.
But after that, it was all Gulls, who went on a 47-12 run for an eventual 82-51 win over Estacada in a nonleague boys basketball game Jan. 10.
Seaside snapped a two-game losing skid by pounding the Rangers on the boards and at both ends of the floor in the second half.
Estacada had led 23-19 midway through the second quarter, but a pair of 3-pointers by Beau Johnson put Seaside in front to stay at 27-23.
After Estacada’s Nathan Hagel opened the third period with a 3-pointer, the Gulls went on a 15-0 run, highlighted by 3-point bombs from Ryan Hague and Johnson.
Seaside continued the onslaught into the fourth quarter, with three 3-pointers by Brayden Johnson as the Gulls scored 23 points or more in each of the final three quarters.
Hague led Seaside with 21 points, with Brayden Johnson scoring 19 and Beau Johnson adding 14. Stephen Snyder chipped in 11 for the Gulls.
Estacada (3-8) had lost three of its last four games, with the three losses coming to Tillamook, Valley Catholic and Seaside.
Dayton 53, Gulls 47
The marquee matchup in Oregon nonleague boys basketball Jan. 7 took place in Dayton, where the Pirates hosted Seaside in a contest between a pair of top 10 teams.
Coming off a loss at home to Marist, the No. 8-ranked 4A Gulls bounced back with a big first quarter, but the Pirates — the No. 1-ranked team at the 3A level — fought back, then finally took a late lead and held on for a 53-47 win over Seaside.
It’s the first time the Gulls lost back-to-back games in the same season since 2017-18, when Seaside lost consecutive road games to Banks and Scappoose.
The Gulls came out firing in Tuesday’s showdown, and behind baskets from Beau Johnson, Conner Langmo, Brayden Johnson and a 3-pointer from Ryan Hague, Seaside built first quarter leads of 9-0, 13-1 and 17-5.
But six-foot Dayton sophomore Tyler Spink woke up the Pirates’ crowd with three 3-pointers in a three-minute span midway through the first half, and Dayton had closed to within 23-21 at halftime.
Holding a slim 32-31 late late in the third quarter, the Gulls appeared ready to pull away with back-to-back triples from Hague and Everest Sibony for a 38-31 advantage.
The Pirates rallied again with buckets from Kody Fuller and Dawson Ashley, before consecutive scores from Hague pushed Seaside’s lead to 44-39.
Two free throws from Ashley tied the game at 45-45 with 2:50 remaining, and the Pirates took their first lead, 48-47, with 2:20 left on a three-point play from Payton Garrison.
That sparked Dayton to an 8-0 run to finish the game.
Spink led all scorers with 22 points, while Ryan Hague had a team-high 21 for the Gulls. Brayden Johnson scored eight and Langmo added six in a starting role for Seaside.