SEASIDE — The best way to cure a two-game losing skid is a Clatsop Clash win.
Which is exactly what the Seaside Gulls accomplished Tuesday night at home, as they avoided a rare three-game losing streak by flying past Astoria, 54-39, in a Cowapa League boys basketball game.
And Seaside was back at full strength in front of their packed house at the Gulls’ Nest, and looking much like a defending state champion is supposed to look.
They’re also right back in a position to re-take the Cowapa League.
Seaside improves to 5-2 in league, back within a game of first-place Banks, which lost Tuesday to Valley Catholic. The Gulls host the Valiants Friday, and also host Banks in the regular season finale.
The Gulls had their floor game working in Tuesday’s win, scoring off turnovers and draining 3-pointers.
Their only problem in the first quarter — the Fishermen were right there with them.
Astoria was matching Seaside shot-for-shot early on, as the game was tied 15-15 late in the opening period, before a late 3-pointer by Payton Westerholm.
And those points put Seaside in front to stay, as Ryan Hague knocked down a trey early in the second quarter, and senior Rafi Sibony keyed an 8-0 run with a pair of 3-pointers late in the first half.
Seaside was 5-of-13 from the 3-point line in the first half, and the Gulls held Astoria to just four free throws in the third quarter.
Chase Januik was back in the starting lineup for Seaside and scored 10 points, behind Hague’s 12. Duncan Thompson had nine points, and Beau Johnson was also back in the lineup, scoring eight points.
Astoria’s Karsten Johnson led all scorers with 14 points, with Ian Hunt tossing in 12 for the Fishermen.