YAKIMA, Wash. - The Ilwaco boys basketball team took its best shot, but the Fishermen could not play the "Giant Killer" role Wednesday afternoon in a first-round game of the Class 1A Washington state tournament at the Yakima Sun Dome.
Tournament favorite and No. 1-ranked Vashon Island (23-1) tipped off its quest for a state title with a 54-27 win over the upstart Fishermen (16-10).
Ilwaco trailed by just 11 points at halftime (27-16), but a 10-0 third quarter was all Vashon needed to pull away, as the bigger, taller Pirates cruised to the win.
With a lineup that includes players at 6-foot-5, 6-5, 6-7, 6-8 and 6-9, the Pirates were no match on the boards, as they outrebounded Ilwaco 41-26.
Early baskets by Justin Short and Ross Kary had the Fishermen within 8-6, but a 3-pointer by Vashon's Matt Kerns pushed the Pirate lead to 15-7 after one quarter.
Still, Ilwaco remained within striking distance, as Jack Whealdon lined up a 3-pointer and sank it, keeping the Fishermen within 21-14 midway through the second quarter.
It stayed close until the third period, when Max Burnham and Thomas Timm-Skove sank back-to-back treys to help the Pirates build a 37-16 lead going into the final quarter.
Ilwaco was 9-of-33 from the field, 2-of-16 in the second half.
Karl Oman and Whealdon each had eight points for the Fishermen, who will play at 10:30 a.m. Thursday against the loser of a first round game between Burbank and Lake Roosevelt.