Take the last second of the first, second and third quarters, and that was the difference in the game at Seaside Jan. 30, where the Gulls scored a 55-46 Cowapa League boys basketball win over Astoria.
As time expired in the first quarter, Seaside’s Hunter Thompson hit a shot from just inside the half-court line, and also drew a foul to complete a four-point play.
Seaside teammate Jackson Januik closed the second period with a 3-pointer at the buzzer and capped the third quarter with three straight free throws, after he was fouled on a 3-point attempt with one second left.
Three seconds, 10 points, and a nine-point Seaside win.
Outside of the buzzer-beating heroics, Friday’s game was a free throw fest, as the two teams combined to make 41-of-59 foul shots.
Januik missed his first free throw, then went on to make 10 in a row on his way to a 20-point game.
Thompson finished with 11 points, while Jaxson Smith added nine.
Thompson’s four-point play to end the first quarter gave the Gulls an 18-8 lead, before the Fishermen rallied and closed to within 20-18 late in the first half.
Thompson had another 3-pointer in the third quarter that pushed Seaside’s lead to 37-22, but Astoria rallied again behind baskets from Morgan Fruiht and Derek Jarrett, with a bank shot by Fruiht bringing the Fishermen to within 46-41 with 2:41 left in the game.
Seaside answered with open drives to the hoop by Austin Eagon and Zach Marston, helping the Gulls pull away in the final two minutes.