Despite a strong fourth quarter, the Seaside High School boys team could not overcome first half mistakes during Monday nights game with Banks. The Braves beat the Gulls 36-29 in a game in which neither team shot well, but Banks was able to rebound better, and make fewer ball handling errors.
Seaside led by one, 9-8, after one, as both teams had difficulty getting the ball in the hoop. Bren Bletcher made a spectacular breakaway score in the last remain seconds of the second quarter to end the first half on a high note for the Gulls, but they trailed 16-19. The Braves led by as many as ten points in the third, and finished the quarter up seven points.
The Gulls outscored the Braves in the final period, and got to within two points, but two 3-point shots and three free throws by Bowden, effectively put the Braves ahead for good.
Bletscher, who went scoreless in the Gulls outing with Scappoose last week, was the high scorer for the Gulls Monday, with 13 points. Still, the Braves blocked three of his shots and hounded him all evening.
After Bletscher, Charles Hawes had 11 points for the Gulls, Justin Laird finished with 6, Jeremy Carow had 5, and Ian Hawksford and Josiah Pfund shared 4 points each. The Gulls play their final regular season game Thursday against the Fishermen in Astoria.
Tillamook leads the Cowapa league with a perfect 8-0 (18-0) record. They are followed by Astoria 6-2 (10-6), Scappoose 5-3 (7-13), Banks 3-6 (7-14), Seaside 2-6 (6-14), and Yamhill-Carlton 1-7 (1-15). For more stats on high school sports, including scores and rankings, see www.oregonprepsports.net. For the times of Seaside High School games and other activities, go to www.highschoolsports.net .