KNAPPA — Knappa bounced back from a Friday night defeat — and last year’s early-season loss to Astoria — with a resounding 74-36 win Saturday night over the Fishermen in the final game of the Loggers’ annual Tip-Off Classic.
The Fishermen were coming off a 60-40 loss to Oregon Episcopal the night before, and Toledo shocked the Loggers 60-44 in Friday’s nightcap. OES defeated Toledo 78-59 in Saturday’s early game.
The Loggers were hitting on all cylinders in Saturday’s late contest, as they built a 33-20 halftime lead, then outscored Astoria 25-4 in a decisive fourth quarter.
Knappa’s Colton Weirup hit eight of the Loggers’ 12 3-pointers, on his way to a 28-point night. Dale Takalo added 18 points and Kaleb Miller scored nine for Knappa.
Ian Hunt and Josh Olson led Astoria with 10 points apiece.
“We’re just struggling to score right now,” said Astoria coach Kevin Goin. “And we knew we would. We’re young and it’s a building year for us. We actually played well through three quarters, before we started subbing in the fourth.”
But “I have to give it to Knappa — they really played well,” Goin said. “I don’t even know if Weirup scored in the first quarter, then he ends up with 28.”
Knappa returns to nonleague action Tuesday at Clatskanie, while Astoria plays Friday at R.A. Long. Astoria’s home contest Thursday against a Canadian team from Semiahmoo has been canceled.