The “Rally Kings” of Seaside pulled off another come-from-behind win Jan. 26.
Exactly two weeks after they rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to beat North Marion, the Seaside boys basketball team overcame a 12-point halftime deficit against Tillamook to beat the Cheesemakers in overtime, 87-84, in a Cowapa League game at Seaside.
The Gulls were without Chase Januik and Beau Johnson, and teammate Payton Westerholm had four fouls in the first half. Januik suffered a broken wrist against Valley Catholic, and is listed as day-to-day in his return.
Still, Seaside managed to overcome all the obstacles to score the overtime victory.
The Gulls took their first lead of the second half with three minutes left in regulation.
Trailing 77-76, Seaside’s Ryan Hague made 1-of-2 free throw to tie the game. Tillamook was unable to get a shot off in the final seconds, and a halfcourt shot by Westerholm glanced off the front of the rim, sending the game to overtime.
The Cheesemakers scored off the opening tip in the extra frame, but it was all Seaside after that.
Duncan Thompson scored six of his 23 points in overtime, and Westerholm made two free throws.
Hague also made a pair of free throws with seven seconds left for a three-point lead, and Tillamook misfired on a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Despite his four fouls in the first half, Payton Westerholm scored a team-high 29 points, to go with 11 rebounds and 10 assists for a triple-double. He was 10-for-15 from the field and 9-of-12 at the free throw line. Tillamook’s Ian Collett led all scorers with 31 points.
The bright side to Westerholm picking up four fouls in the first half, said Seaside coach Bill Westerholm, was that “it was good for some of our other kids to have to step up and be the aggressors on defense.
“In this stretch without Chase, (Payton) has to become smarter on the defensive end. It may have been a good scenario though, because the rest of the group had to take up the defensive slack, rebound and aggressiveness. And they did. That’s a win-win situation for future games.”
In the meantime, “if we can steal a couple games, it will be that much better for those kids who have to step up. It seemed like they finally got comfortable in the roles that they will have to play.”
The No. 2-ranked Gulls played at No. 1-ranked Banks Tuesday, in what could be a state championship game preview.
Gulls 51, Valiants 35
BEAVERTON — The rematch of last year’s state championship game turned out to be no contest Jan. 23.
The Seaside boys basketball team is currently on a hot streak and playing better than any team in the state at the 4A level. The Gulls proved it again Tuesday night, with a decisive 51-35 Cowapa League win at Valley Catholic.
Chase Januik scored 19 points and Ryan Hague added 17 for Seaside, which had the game well in hand by halftime, leading 26-14.
And the Gulls increased their advantage in the third period, as Hague and Januik knocked down a combined three 3-pointers for a 40-22 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Gulls now have wins over the third-, fourth- and fifth-ranked teams in the state.
Gulls 71, Fishermen 42
The forecast called for rain Jan. 19 in Astoria. Actual rain outside, and Seaside 3-pointers inside, raining down on the Fishermen.
When the game was over, the Gulls were 12-for-21 from the 3-point line, to highlight a 71-42 win over the Fishermen in a boys basketball Clatsop Clash at the Brick House.
Seaside’s Beau Johnson scored the first points of the game on a 3-pointer, and the show was on. Johnson drained two more treys in the first quarter. Chase Januik, Rafi Sibony and Payton Westerholm made three straight to open the second period, and the Gulls finished the first half 6-of-12 from the arc.
In the meantime, Astoria’s Karsten Johnson hit two 3-pointers and Ian Hunt added a third to keep the Fishermen within striking distance (32-21) at halftime.
But — as they do against most teams — the Gulls shift into high gear in the second half.
Januik opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer, which sparked a 9-0 run.
Johnson hit his fourth trey of the night, Astor Landwehr hit a triple off the bench, and Westerholm closed the third period with a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Seaside does not keep 3-point shooting records, but the Gulls likely came close to or set a school record with 12, as Ryan Hague and Januik both hit 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
“We shot pretty well from outside the line,” said Seaside coach Bill Westerholm. “When we trust each other we can be pretty good on offense.”
Januik led all scorers with 15 points, while Hague and Westerholm added 14 apiece. Astoria’s Isaac Brockman scored 12 of his team-high 14 points in the second half.