SEASIDE — Can anyone stop the defending state champion Seaside Seagulls? Through two weeks of the 2017-18 season, it’s looking highly unlikely.
Not on the Gulls’ home floor, anyway, where they are as good as gold.
Seaside won its 19th straight at home late Thursday night, scoring a 100-70 victory over Madras to cap Day 1 of the Seaside Holiday Classic.
Seaside had 10 players in the scoring column and five in double figures, reaching 100 points for the first time this season — something not even last year’s state championship team could do.
“It’s been a while” since a Seaside team hit triple figures, said Seaside coach Bill Westerholm, whose team improves to 5-0 overall, the best record at the 4A level.
The Gulls will be the favorites to collect their third straight Classic championship this weekend, then will have six more nonleague games before starting league play.
Madras — which entered the game with an 0-3 record — was within 38-35 late in the first half.
Teams can stay with the Gulls through one half, but not three quarters.
Seaside fell into an offensive rhythm in the third period, when Brayden Johnson scored 13 of his 20 points, and the Gulls led 75-51 following a 33-point quarter.
Astor Landwehr caught fire in the fourth to finish with 10 points, and the Gulls made a mad scramble to reach 100.
Scores in the closing minutes by Payton Westerholm and Colton Carter put the Gulls at 98, and Madras helped Seaside’s cause by fouling in the final seconds, with Rafi Sibony and Johnson each making a free throw for 100 points.
Seaside scored 97 in a win over Elma last year, and 97 vs. Taft in 2004-05.
“We have (scored 100) a couple times, but not sure of the year,” Westerholm said. “It was nice to see different kids step up, which will benefit us in the long run.”
After Johnson’s 20, Duncan Thompson and Westerholm each scored 13 points, Carter finished with 12, and Landwehr chipped in 10.