EUGENE — One night after a loss at Marshfield, the Seaside boys basketball team was back to looking like the 4A defending state champions, with a resounding 66-42 win Saturday night at Marist Catholic.
Chase Januik, Ryan Hague and Payton Westerholm combined for 40 points, and the Gulls outscored the Spartans 35-12 over the first and third quarters.
On the two-games-in-two-days road trip, Januik scored a combined 38 points.
Seaside returns to host Dayton in a nonleague game Tuesday, followed by road games next Friday and Saturday at Scappoose and Stayton.
Pirates 47, Gulls 43
COOS BAY — With very little game time under their belts — let alone practice time — the defending state champions still scored a bit of a moral victory Friday night, despite a loss.
Playing their season opener on the road, against one of the teams that has a chance at facing Seaside in the state championship game a few months from now, the Gulls came up short in their first game since winning the 4A state title game back in March.
Seaside led 7-0 just minutes into the game, but Marshfield rallied and shocked the No. 1-ranked Gulls, 47-43, in a nonleague boys basketball game Friday at the Pirate Palace.
“I want to see them in March,” Seaside’s Chase Januik told the Coos Bay World after the game, referring to the Pirates. “Hopefully in the championship game.”
The Pirates did something it’s safe to say has never happened in years to the Gulls — they went to a zone defense and held Seaside scoreless for a complete quarter, outscoring the Gulls 15-0 in the second period for a 19-15 halftime lead.
Cody Stover scored a team-high 14 points for Marshfield, which led the entire second half.
Seaside pulled to within 25-23 on the second of Januik’s four second-half 3-pointers.
Another trey by Januik had the Gulls within 45-41 with 1:21 left in the fourth quarter, and after a Marshfield timeout, a Seaside steal by Brayden Johnson led to a Payton Westerholm score that cut Marshfield’s lead to two.
The Gulls got the ball back on another steal, but the Pirates forced a turnover and made free throws in the final seconds to secure the upset.
Januik finished with 21 points and seven rebounds, and Westerholm had 10 points and four assists.