WARRENTON — Another close game that ended in defeat for the Warrenton boys basketball team Tuesday night, as the Naselle Comets made the trip across the river and scored a 61-57 nonleague win over the Warriors.
The Warriors dropped to 0-3, with the three losses coming by a combined 13 points.
Naselle junior Jacob Eaton poured in 19 points, freshman Kolby Glenn added 11, and sophomore Oggie Lopez chipped in 11 points off the bench for the Comets, who nearly let a 10-point lead slip away in the final quarter.
The first half alone featured four ties and four lead changes, with Naselle building a 16-9 advantage before a pair of Dalton Knight 3-pointers helped the Warriors rally to within 20-18 after one quarter.
Baskets by Devin Jackson and Logan Fischer led to a 23-20 lead for Warrenton, the Warriors’ largest lead.
The Comets answered right away, turning a 25-23 deficit into a 34-25 lead, sparked by a 3-pointer from Eaton, and Eaton’s lay-up off a steal.
A trey by Glenn gave Naselle a 39-28 lead at the break, and Erik Lund scored the first bucket of the second half for the Comets’ biggest lead, 41-28.
But Warrenton used the long ball to stay within striking distance, as Knight and Austin Little made 3-pointers, with another trey from Knight helping the Warriors close to within 47-43.
Naselle pushed the lead right back to 57-49 with 2:30 left in the final period, but the Warriors scored on a pair of fast breaks, and Little’s second 3-pointer had Warrenton within 59-57 with 49 seconds remaining.
The Comets could have clinched it a little sooner from the free throw line, but Naselle was just 2-of-6 from the stripe in the final minute of the game.
Still, Little’s 3-pointer was the final basket for Warrenton, while Glenn and Ethan Lindstrom each made a free throw for Naselle in the final 15 seconds to secure the victory.