BANKS — The No. 1-ranked Banks Braves and the No. 2-ranked Seaside Gulls played the first of a three-game series Tuesday night.
Game 2 will be Feb. 15 at Seaside. Unless the two teams play a league playoff tie-breaker, the third game could take place March 10 in Forest Grove. And that one would be for a state championship, between the top two teams in Class 4A boys basketball.
In the meantime, Round 1 goes to Banks, which posted a 60-33 win over the Gulls.
With their win, the Braves hold down the No. 1 spot in the OSAA rankings, improving to 19-0, with their 21st straight win going back to last season.
The Gulls trailed 22-11 at halftime, and there was to be no rally on this night, as the Braves were tough on both ends of the court.
Defensively, Banks held Seaside to its lowest point total since a 42-33 loss at Astoria, Feb. 17, 2015. Offensively, Braves’ 6-foot-6 senior Dalton Renne led all scorers with 30 points, 15 in each half.
Renne’s biggest basket may have been a 3-pointer to close out the first half. He had just three points in the third quarter, then sparked the Braves’ 25-point fourth quarter with 12. Teammates Zach Streblow, Blake Gobel and Blake Markham all added 3-pointers in the final period.
Seaside was again without leading scorer Chase Januik, as Payton Westerholm (14 points) and Duncan Thompson (12 points) took over the scoring load.