SEASIDE — For the record, a nine-day layoff definitely did NOT have a negative effect on the Seaside boys basketball team.
After sitting around all day Thursday — after not playing a game since Dec. 6 — the Gulls came out on fire in a first-round game of the Seaside Holiday Classic, and ended up scorching Elma, 97-40.
If anything, the Gulls are the most exciting team in Oregon 4A boys basketball, as they were on a pace to score 128 points after one quarter.
Long range 3-point bombs from Attikin Babb, Hunter Thompson, Jackson Januik, Chase Januik and Payton Westerholm highlighted a 32-9 first quarter.
With more triples from Chase Januik and Thompson in the second, Seaside’s lead reached 66-20 by halftime.
Seaside did not slow down in the third, as Chase and Jackson Januik combined for five points in the opening seconds of the period, followed by a highlight reel of scores from Chase Januik, the sophomore who finished with a game-high 32 points.
Thompson added 25 for Seaside, which plays either Madras or Sisters tonight at 8:30 p.m. (as of Thursday night, it was unknown which team would be participating Friday).
For Seaside, “I was worried, because we’d only practiced three times this week, and they were fairly lackluster practices,” said Seaside coach Bill Westerholm. “But we were ready to go defensively, and that was about as good a first half as I’ve seen.
“All I did was ask the kids to come out with some energy, and they did.”
The 97 points tied a school record for a Westerholm-coached team. On Jan. 4, 2005, the Gulls lost a 99-97 overtime game at Taft. The previous mark for most points in a regulation, four-quarter game was Jan. 2, 2004, when Seaside defeated Waldport, 94-33.