A rough start had Astoria playing catch-up the entire night Friday at Valley Catholic where the Valiants won a low-scoring Cowapa League boys basketball game, 47-34.

“(The Valiants) were making everything in the first quarter, and we weren’t,” Astoria coach Kevin Goin said, as Valley Catholic built a 17-4 lead after eight minutes.

“I don’t know why, but we just haven’t played well there,” Goin said of Astoria’s yearly trip to Beaverton. “And we had good looks at the basket, we just had trouble scoring.”

Colton McMaster led the Fishermen with 16 points, while William Schultheis had 11 for the Valiants, as the only two players in double figures.

Both teams had further trouble scoring in the second half, with Astoria outscoring the Valiants 19-18.

The Fishermen will take a much-needed bye on Tuesday, before finishing off a string of four straight road games Friday at Seaside.

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or ghenley@dailyastorian.com.

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