SEASIDE — The Marshfield boys basketball team was playing its first road game of the season Thursday night. And the Pirates could not have picked a more challenging place and opponent.
The place was Seaside High School, and the opponent was the Class 4A defending state champion Seaside Gulls. The No. 5-ranked Gulls showed the No. 3-ranked Pirates a thing or two, as Seaside scored a 51-37 win.
After battling to a 7-7 tie after one quarter, the rest of the night belonged to the Gulls, who turned a 10-9 lead early in the second period into a 25-9 advantage in the closing minute of the first half.
The Gulls won the game, as well as the free throw fest it turned into. Seaside finished 23-of-33 at the line, to Marshfield’s 16-for-23. The Pirates scored just five points in the second quarter, all from the free throw line.
Marshfield made a run in the third quarter, when 6-foot-7 junior Grant Webster scored eight of his team-high 16 points to bring the Pirates to within 35-28 by the end of the period.
Corey Stover highlighted a 6-0 run with a dunk, and Webster’s 3-pointer capped the quarter.
Marshfield’s Jordy Miles opened the fourth with a layup that brought the Pirates to within 35-30, but that’s as close as the visitors would get.
The Gulls scored the next eight points on baskets by Chase Januik, Brayden Johnson, Beau Johnson, and Rafi Sibony, which gave Seaside a 43-30 lead.
The rest of the points were scored from the free throw line, the Gulls making 8-of-13 to Marshfield’s 7-of-8 over the final four minutes.
Januik (18 points) and Payton Westerholm (12) combined to score 30 for the Gulls, who improve to 8-1 for the most wins at the 4A level. Marshfield falls to 4-3, with a game today at Tillamook. The Gulls have games next week at St. Helens and Newport.