Warrenton boys lose in classic game against Portland Adventist, but Seaside steams to winPORTLAND - We can only hope they play again.
The Warrenton and Portland Adventist boys basketball teams certainly gave the standing-room-only crowd its money's worth Thursday night, as the Warriors and Cougars played a game for the ages at Portland Adventist.
The Cougars roared back from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter and stunned the Warriors with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, as Portland Adventist posted an intense 75-72 win over Warrenton.
Brandon Engebretson's two free throws with four seconds left had tied the game at 72-72, but the Cougars' Tony Nakashima pushed the ball up the floor in the final seconds, found teammate Trevor Wart on the right wing, and Wart found the 3-pointer as time ran out to win it.
Not that it matters to Warrenton coach Gary McBride (because it doesn't), but the Warriors will likely rise from their No. 6 ranking in the next 2A poll, after outplaying the No. 1-ranked Cougars on their home floor for much of the game.
"It was a well-played game, and the kids played their hearts out," said McBride, whose team drops to 8-3, 3-1 in league. "But we got tired, there's no doubt about it. I was just pleased that we played so hard. The kids played with a ton of heart."
Nate McBride scored 25 points to lead the Warriors, while Engebretson scored 17 and Nick Bjork added 16. Aaron Linfoot led Portland Adventist with 21 points, along with 17 from Wart.
The Cougars hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter, but the Warriors still led 20-19 after one period.
Back-to-back baskets by Bjork gave Warrenton a 32-25 advantage, and 10 points by McBride in the second quarter helped the Warriors grab a 38-31 halftime lead.
Warrenton threatened to blow the game wide open in the third, as Engebretson and McBride both scored on offensive rebounds, and Sean Beecham added a pair of baskets for a 56-40 lead midway through the period.
The Cougars closed to within 56-49, but McBride capped the quarter with a 3-pointer for a 59-49 lead.
The fourth quarter belonged to Portland Adventist, which picked up 3-point shots from Nakashima and Trent Wade, along with two three-point plays by Linfoot to tie the contest at 63-63 with 3:17 left.
Baskets by McBride and Bjork had the Warriors in front 67-64, but the Cougars responded with seven straight points - highlighted by another three-point play from Linfoot - for a 71-67 lead.
Warrenton's Zach Gantenbein overcame a bloody collision with Nakashima late in the game to score a three-point play with 46 seconds remaining, bringing Warrenton to within 71-70.
Wart hit one of two free throws for a two-point advantage, but Nakashima missed two foul shots with nine seconds left that would have put the game away.
Engebretson then followed with his game-tying free throws, before Wart's game-winning trey.
"Zach got bonked in the head and had to sit awhile, and that hurt us," coach McBride said. "We could have tried the delay game when he went out, but we decided to keep attacking. I thought we did a good job. Our kids don't lack for confidence."
McBride is equally concerned with Warrenton's next game at Knappa Saturday (7:45 p.m., KAST 1370 AM).
Seaside 54, Molalla 47MOLALLA - Jayme Toyas scored 16 points and Vito Cerelli added 14 to lead Seaside to a 54-47 win over Molalla Thursday night.
The Gulls overcame a 9-for-24 performance at the free throw line to get the win, as Seaside finished the nonleague portion of its schedule with a 7-6 record. The Gulls open Cowapa League play at home against Tillamook Wednesday.
Northwest Christian 67, Naselle 41LACEY, Wash. - Naselle got off on the wrong foot Thursday night at Northwest Christian, which led to a 67-41 win for the Navigators in a Pacific B League boys basketball game.
The Comets hit just 2-of-12 shots in the opening quarter (20 percent for the game), and trailed 18-5 after the first period.
Northwest Christian - the fifth-ranked team in the state - improved to 11-1.
Aoy Marion scored 11 points and dished out six assists for Naselle, and Tony Mendoza added 10 points. Eli Williams had six assists with six rebounds for the Comets, who host Oakville Tuesday.