A steadily improving Seaside High School boys team defeated the Molalla Indians 62-54 on Friday and followed up that win with a 57-49 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday.
It was nice to get two wins for this club, said head coach Bill Westerholm. They have worked hard and have started come together on the offensive end of the court. Molalla was a pretty athletic and had the ability to shoot from the outside. I thought we defended well enough on the perimeter to make the shots difficult which proved to be a reason for their lower percentage from the field. We also made it important for us to rebound in the second half and out-rebounded Molalla with Laird pulling down 14 (7 offensive) and a double-double. DeGandi had 9, and Schneider had 9 along with Charles Hawes who had 6.
On Saturday, in something of a tradition, the Holy Cross team from Richmond, BC, came to play the Gulls in an endowment game. According to Seaside High School Athletic Director Jason Boyd, Seaside High School lodges the Holy Cross boys and girls teams at Camp Rilea, splitting the cost with Ilwaco High School.
Meanwhile, the Holy Cross team, gets a nice road trip, some good competition in Ilwaco and Seaside, and a chance to enjoy the Seaside area. Boyd said that the only problem with the trip this year was that tighter security regulations at the US-Canada border turned what is usually a 20-minute border crossing, into a two-hour wait for the Holy Cross team as every athletes bag had to be inspected.
Nevertheless, the wait was worth it and both the teams enjoyed playing one another. I had such a great time coming down here, said Mark Whitely of Holy Cross. We look forward to coming down again next year, but hopefully with better results for us.
The Holy Cross game was a tail of two halves, said Westerholm. We started out in a half court trap and caught the Crusaders still on the bus. They did not have an answer and before they knew it we were up by 20 points. We should have kept the trap in the 2nd quarter but we switched to a man, lost some intensity and they woke up.
Our post defense in this game was lacking and soft. We need to front posts because of our height and did not do this. This is one reason the post (Harold Keech) scored a high of 23 and Moreland from Knappa hit for 35. This is one area we need to improve in as we get closer to league play. The game Saturday night was better from the free throw line than Friday night (10-28) but needs to be better. We did hit some clutch free throws late in the 4th quarter to ice the win against Holy Cross.
The Seaside Holiday Classic begins Thursday, Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m. and lasts throughout the weekend. Check with the High School for the times of Seasides games.