NEWPORT — Vengeance was Seaside’s Friday night at Newport, where the Gulls reminded the Cubs that they are still the defending state champion in Class 4A boys basketball.

After a 70-59 loss to Newport Dec. 16 at Seaside, the Gulls won the rematch Friday on the Cubs’ home floor, 64-63.

In a potential state championship matchup, Seaside led by as much as 10 points in the fourth, and the No. 5-ranked Gulls made just enough free throws down the stretch to hold off the No. 2-ranked Cubs.

Chase Januik scored 20 points to lead Seaside, and the Gulls had three other players in double figures to counter the 35 points by Newport’s Kye Blaser.

Newport had three 3-pointers in the first quarter, but the Gulls still led after one period, 15-13.

Back-to-back scores by Januik helped Seaside open up a 23-15 lead early in the second quarter; and baskets by Ryan Hague and Payton Westerholm kept the Gulls in front throughout the first half, which ended with Seaside ahead, 36-31.

The Gulls maintained their lead in the third period, highlighted by consecutive scores from Januik, Duncan Thompson and Westerholm, as Seaside’s lead reached 43-35.

Blaser kept the Cubs close, but Westerholm made 4-of-6 free throws in the final 1:02 to clinch the win.

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