SEASIDE — The “Rally Kings” of Seaside pulled off another come-from-behind win Friday night.
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 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, and the lead changed hands twice after that.
Trailing 77-76, Seaside’s Ryan Hague made 1-of-2 free throw to tie the game with 37 seconds remaining. Tillamook was unable to get a shot off in the final seconds, and a half-court 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 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, 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, rebounding 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 play Tuesday at No. 1-ranked Banks, in what could be a state championship game preview.