With their toughest game of the season right around the corner, the Astoria boys basketball team picked a good time to end a four-game losing skid.

The Fishermen took advantage of the friendly confines of the Brick House to snap a slump with a 49-25 win over Molalla, in a nonleague contest Saturday night.

Astoria was coming off a 54-30 loss at Gladstone less than 24 hours earlier, but the Fishermen led Molalla 12-2 after one quarter, then outscored the Indians 23-13 over the second and third periods.

Coach Kevin Goin's team heads to Seaside for a Cowapa League opener Tuesday, as the Fishermen (6-10 overall) get set to face the No. 1-ranked team in the 4A coaches poll. The two-time defending state champion Gulls are 12-2 and riding a nine-game win streak.

“We've got games at Seaside and Banks this week, so obviously we've got a tough start to league,” Goin said. “But I think the second half of the Gladstone game set us up for both games. Gladstone has played both teams, and I thought we looked pretty good in the second half against Gladstone. We played well defensively and it was a fairly even game on the scoreboard (22-19, Gladstone).”

Ian Hunt led the Fishermen in scoring in both games (nine vs. Gladstone, 14 vs. Molalla), while Isaac Brockman added 13 in the win over the Indians.

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