STAYTON — Two lengthy road trips in 24 hours were a bit too much for the Seaside boys basketball team to overcome over the weekend of Dec. 14-15.
After a 31-point win at Scappoose late Friday night, the Gulls were back on the road Saturday to the Salem area, where Seaside had a rescheduled game with Stayton.
And the No. 2-ranked Eagles jumped over the Gulls in the state rankings with a 56-49 victory, thanks in large part to their large center.
Stayton’s 6-foot-8 senior post, Kaleb Anundi, scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Eagles over the Gulls.
Seaside outscored Stayton 30-21 in the middle two quarters, but Stayton’s 35-19 advantage in the first and fourth quarters was enough for the Eagles (6-1 overall) to post the win, dropping Seaside to 3-2.
Anundi had nine points in the first quarter, which ended in a 17-9 lead for Stayton.
Chase Januik scored 16 points and Brayden Johnson added 14 for the Gulls.
Seaside opened the weekend with a decisive 83-52 win Dec. 14 over former league rival Scappoose.
The Gulls built a 45-31 halftime lead, then began the second half with a 13-1 run to put the game away.
Seaside had five players score in double figures, led by Ryan Hague with 17. He was followed by Chase Januik (14), Duncan Thompson (13), Payton Westerholm and Brayden Johnson (10 apiece).
The 83 points was the second-most scored by the Gulls against Scappoose, behind the 89 scored by Seaside in an 89-52 win in 2016.
Gulls 70, Dayton 34
The Seaside boys basketball team went looking for some more tough nonleague competition Dec. 11.
So the defending 4A state champions invited one of the contenders from the 3A level to the Gulls’ Nest, as Dayton made the trip to the North Coast.
And the Pirates ended up looking like just another helpless victim against the Gulls, who scuttled the Pirates’ ship with a 70-34 win over Dayton, the No. 4-ranked team in Class 3A.
Following a road split in games at Marshfield and Marist, the Gulls are rounding into defending state champion form, as they were 14-of-32 from the field in the first half of Tuesday’s game.
Seaside turned its 35-18 halftime lead into a 66-26 route early in the fourth quarter for their biggest lead.
Seaside’s Chase Januik led all scorers with 20 points (13 in the first half), and teammates Brayden Johnson and Ryan Hague finished with 13 points apiece. Five players made shots from the 3-point line for the Gulls, led by Johnson with three treys.
Marshfield 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 Dec. 7, 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 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.