Boys Basketball

Columbia Christian 53, Knappa 46PORTLAND - Knappa shut down Columbia Christian's big gun, but the Knights still managed to score a 53-46 win over the Loggers Saturday afternoon in a nonleague boys basketball game.

The Knights - the No. 1-ranked team at the Class 1A level - broke a 37-37 tie after three quarters by outscoring Knappa 16-9 in the final period.

Columbia Christian's Mychael Delancy, a 6-foot-5-inch transfer from the Bahamas, was held to just 10 points, but teammate Renato Alija scored 15 to lead the Knights.

The Loggers played a box-and-one on Delancy in the first half, holding him to four points. Matched up in a man defense in the second half, Knappa's Brad Salisbury held Delancy to six points.

Unfortunately for the Loggers, a 9-of-19 effort at the free throw line and key turnovers down the stretch helped the Knights pull away for the win.

Brent Brockey led Knappa with 24 points, with 13 points from Toivo Fransen.

The Loggers were 14-of-34 from the field, while Columbia Christian hit 18-of-27 attempts.

Knappa is scheduled to host Neah-Kah-Nie Tuesday.

Seaside 94, Waldport 43SEASIDE - Vito Cerelli played a first half to remember, and Waldport played a second half to forget Friday night at Seaside.

Cerelli scored a career-high 34 points to lead the Gulls to a 94-43 win over the Irish in a nonleague boys basketball game.

While Cerelli pumped in 24 of his 34 points in the first half, Waldport was outscored 21-0 in the third quarter, and had just two field goals the entire second half, the first coming with 1:04 left in the game.

It wasn't just Cerelli who had a hot night for the Gulls. Jayme Toyas added 18 points and Pat Latham chipped in 11. Seaside hit 63 percent of its shots from the 3-point line.

Cerelli hit six 3-pointers (three in the first quarter), Toyas connected on three, and Mitch Winstanley and Tyler Grant had two treys apiece.

The Gulls hit eight 3-pointers in the first half to build a 47-33 lead late in the second period. Over the next quarter-and-a-half, Seaside outscored Waldport 33-0 to take an 80-33 lead early in the fourth quarter. Cerelli and Toyas had back-to-back dunks to start the second half.

Seaside (5-5 overall) hosts Taft Tuesday.

Girls Basketball

Knappa 42, Columbia Christian 38PORTLAND - Knappa overcame a poor night at the free throw line (10-of-22) to defeat Columbia Christian 42-38 in a nonleague girls basketball game Saturday afternoon.

Nadra Evans scored 14 points to lead the Loggers, with 12 points and eight rebounds from Tracie Nygaard. Katie Ho pulled down 14 boards and scored 10 points with six steals for Knappa.

Columbia Christian led 27-17 at halftime, before the Loggers rallied in the second half, outscoring the Knights 25-11.

Knappa continues Northwest League play Tuesday, when the Loggers host Neah-Kah-Nie.

Willapa Valley 53, Naselle 20NASELLE, Wash. - Willapa Valley broke an 8-8 tie after one quarter and went on to a 53-20 win at Naselle Friday night in Pacific B League girls basketball.

The Vikings went on a 15-5 run in the second period to take a 23-13 halftime lead, then increased their advantage to 37-17 in the third quarter.

Kelli Revis led the Comettes with eight points, with five points from Katie Klinger.

Naselle plays at South Bend Thursday.

College

Albertson 63, Cascade 62PORTLAND - Knappa's Matt Cokley scored 18 points with three steals for Cascade College, but Andy Harper of Albertson College hit a 10-foot runner with seven seconds remaining, giving the No. 10-ranked Coyotes a 63-62 win over Cascade Saturday night in Portland.

Trailing 49-36 with 12:45 remaining in the game, Cascade would score 24 of the next 28 points, taking a 60-53 lead with 4:07 left.

Albertson responded by holding the Thunderbirds without a field goal the remainder of the game, and won its fourth game in a row to remain alone atop the Cascade Conference standings.

Cokley hit 6-of-10 shots from the field and 5-of-9 at the free throw line in 40 minutes of action.

Cascade took a 62-61 lead on two Jason Moore free throws with 1:25 left, but could not capitalize on an Albertson missed jumper and turnover.

Harper and Tom Perkes would come up with big steals for the Coyotes, then work the clock down for the game-winner. Moore had a chance to win it for the T-Birds, but his 3-pointer drew iron at the final buzzer.

Jared Alsup led Cascade with 20 points and ten boards in a losing effort.

CancellationsWinter weather and poor road conditions forced the postponement or cancellation of several high school athletic events over the weekend.

The Naselle at Willapa Valley boys basketball game, scheduled for Saturday, was postponed until a later date; Country Christian at Warrenton boys basketball was canceled, as was the Warrenton girls' appearance at the Forest Grove Tournament Friday and Saturday.

Wahkiakum at Knappa wrestling was also canceled.

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