South Eugene managed to keep it close for a while, but Seaside eventually pulled away and got the win Thursday as the Gulls easily topped the Class 6A Axemen 68-51 in a first round boys basketball game of the Summit Holiday Tournament in Bend.

South Eugene rallied from a 17-11 deficit to tie the score in the second period, but 3-point baskets by Seaside's Payton Westerholm and Chase Januik — coupled with a few breakaway buckets — helped the Gulls take command before halftime, 39-26.

The Axemen couldn't keep up with Januik and Westerholm, who combined for 32 of Seaside's 39 points in the first half.

Seaside is slated to play either Bend or Pendleton today in the second round of the tournament, which concludes Saturday.

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