Warrenton improved to 7-4 overall with two more nonleague boys basketball wins over the weekend, at the Neah-Kah-Nie tournament in Rockaway Beach.

The Warriors opened with a 51-18 victory Friday over the Astoria junior varsity team, followed by a 45-35 win Saturday over host Neah-Kah-Nie, the 10th-ranked 2A team.

The game was tied 19-19 at halftime, and the Warriors led 27-26 going into the final quarter. The Pirates held a brief 31-29 lead, before Warrenton went on a 14-4 run, sparked by a jump shot from Jacob Morrow, to finish the game.

Devin Jackson led the Warriors with 13 points, followed by Dalton Knight with 10 and Ayden Stephens with seven. Warrenton had just nine turnovers.

“This was a big turning point for our kids, because we preach defense, rebounding and taking care of the ball,” said Warrenton coach Nate McBride, “and this is the first game we did all three against a quality opponent.”

Stepehens had 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who play Wednesday at Clatskanie.

Knight scored 16 and Austin Little had 11 in the win over the Fishermen JV's. Stephens led the Warriors with 12 rebounds and Kale'o Kapua had nine, while Little had six steals and Jalen Maddox added five.

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

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