KNAPPA — In the final boys basketball game of the Knappa Tip-Off Classic, the Knappa Loggers outlasted Astoria, 49-47, in a battle between the two longtime rivals late Saturday night.
“We had a wide open three to win it, but it didn’t go,” said Astoria coach Kevin Goin, whose team was coming off a 44-38 win over Oregon Episcopal the day before. The Loggers lost a 71-56 decision to Toledo on Day 1.
“I was still real pleased with how we played, both days,” Goin said. “We were missing our two guards (Ryan Stenblom and Michael Moore), so we were playing some guys out of position. And Knappa’s a very good team. Those kids have been playing together for a lot of years. It was a real good high school basketball game. Neither team had more than a five-point lead the whole time.”
Timber Engblom scored 18 points to lead the Loggers, who trailed 39-38 going into the final quarter, afater a 26-26 tie at halftime. Eli Takalo added 11 points, but just two in the second half.
Ian Hunt made three 3-pointers for the Fishermen and finished with a game-high 21 points, followed by sophomore Dylan Junes with seven.
In Friday’s win, Hunt had 11 points, as did Josh Olson and Xander Marincovich, helping the Fishermen open up a second half lead after trailing the Aardvarks 20-19 at halftime.
Isaac Brockman added nine points for Astoria, which hosts a team from Semiahmoo, British Columbia, at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Knappa plays Tuesday at Clatskanie.