NASELLE, Wash. — Ilwaco led for most of the first half and Naselle led for a good part of the second, before the Fishermen finally secured a 67-64 win in overtime in a nonleague game between the two Pacific County rivals Tuesday night.
Ilwaco jumped out to a big first half lead, lost it in the second, then outscored Naselle 10-7 in the extra frame.
The Comets are still less than two weeks following the end of their football season.
Ilwaco’s Alex Kaino hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter, as the Fishermen built a 10-0 lead with 4:13 left in the first period. The Comets rallied to within 20-15 at the end of the quarter, behind eight points in the quarter from Antonio Nolan.
Ilwaco’s 6-foot-8 junior, Joe Nisbett, entered the game late in the first quarter and scored 10 points before halftime, leading to a 30-24 Fishermen lead at the break.
Naselle fought its way back in the second half, tying the game at 35-35 with 3:36 left in the third quarter.
The Comets continued their momentum into the fourth, grabbing a 49-43 lead with 5:10 remaining.
Naselle still led 50-45 at the 3:51 mark, and 52-51 with 2:02 left.
Ilwaco pulled into a 57-57 tie with 18.4 seconds remaining, the Comets failed to score on a last possession, and the teams headed to overtime.
Still tied at 64-64 with 1:04 left in OT, Ilwaco scored on a late three-point play for a 67-64 advantage, and the Fishermen held on from there for the win.
Nisbett led Ilwaco with 23 points, followed by Kaino with 17.
Naselle had four players in double figures, led by Antonio Nolan with 17, and followed by Jacob Eaton with 16, Cole Dorman and Ethan Lindstrom with 11 apiece.