By Lee Horton
Peninsula Daily News
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Tyler McCaulley and Ryan Moss led the offensive onslaught, both drilling five 3-pointers apiece. McCaulley led all scorers with 17 points and Moss had 15.
The Red Devils also got 14 points from Abraham Venske in the win.
After Neah Bay jumped out to a quick 15-2 lead midway through the opening quarter, assistant coach Stan Claplanhoo, who was filling in for head coach Gerrad Brooks, did a five-in, five-out substitution. The Red Devils also pulled back on defense.
“We didn’t show our game today,” Claplanhoo said. “We usually pressure [on defense] all the time.”
Despite the wholesale changes, Neah Bay continued to roll and finished the quarter with a 26-2 advantage.
The game provide an opportunity to for the Red Devils to play together at full strength.
They were short-handed due to members of the 1B state runner-up football team not having met the required number of practices.
“It was good to get a game in,” Claplanhoo said. “Some guys’ shots are coming around.”
McCaulley is one of those late arrivals finally finding his shooting touch.
“Those shots weren’t falling a week ago,” Claplanhoo said of McCaulley’s hot shooting night.
It was the only game in the Crush in the Slush Tournament for Neah Bay. The Red Devils are off until Tuesday, Jan. 8, when they host Forks, which beat Neah Bay 60-54 earlier this month.
Neah Bay 79, Aussie Travelers 21
Travelers 2 3 5 11— 21
Neah Bay 26 15 26 12— 79
Neah Bay (79)
Halttunen 8, Venske 14, J. Greene 6, Z. Greene 6, Claplanhoo 5, Doherty 5, Reamer 2, Moss 15, Buttram 2, McCaulley 17.
Mary M. Knight 30
OCEAN SHORES — A day after suffering their first loss of the season, the Spartans clubbed the Owls on Friday in the North Beach Invitational.
Forks was coming off a 62-59 setback to a hot-shooting Taholah team Thursday.
“It was good after our first loss to come together and not play sporadic,” Forks coach Rick Gooding said.
“It was a great all-around win. Every single player contributed. We got back to playing team basketball.”
Braden Decker followed up a career-high 29 points Thursday with 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Guard Colton Raben shook off a scoreless game to tie Decker with a game-high 14 points.
Leo Gonzales grabbed 13 rebounds and scored 10 points. Mark Jacobson had 10 boards and eight points.
The Spartans’ shooting was much better than Thursday when they only made 29 percent of their shots. They doubled that number Friday, shooting 58 percent from the field.
Forks 62, Mary M. Knight 30
Mary M. Knight 5 10 11 4— 30
Forks 16 11 21 14— 62
Mary M. Knight (30)
O’Neil 4, Willey 8 Jimenez 7, Robecker 2, Dierkop 6, Ogg 2.
Raben 14, Abrahams 4, Gilmore 5, Harris 2, Decker 14, Hatch 5, Jacobson 8, Gonzales 10.
Port Angeles 63
CENTRALIA — Justice Tasby exploded for 36 points as the Tigers beat the Roughriders for the second time this season on Thursday.
Port Angeles fell behind 27-10 in the first quarter and was unable to get back in the game.
Hayden Gunderson led the Riders with 15 points. He also dished out five assists and pulled down nine rebounds, including four on the offensive end.
Caleb Treider added 13 for Port Angeles, and Garrett Payton and Derek Schumacher scored 12 each. Schumacher also had seven rebound and Payton had six.
Sophomore Hunter Hathaway grabbed nine boards and scored six points.
Although four players scored in double figures, the Riders only shot 34 percent from the field and were just 4 for 26 on 3-point attempts.
“We shot way too many 3s,” Port Angeles coach Brent Stephens said. “We settled for 3s when we could have taken good two-point shots.”
Port Angeles was without its best post player, Marshall Elliott, who is out for three weeks with a concussion.
They also didn’t have Nathan Angevine and Lambros Rogers, both key members of the Riders’ rotation.
Centralia beat Port Angeles earlier this month 92-53.
“We bridged the gap [17 points] from last time,” Stephens said. “We made it competitive.
“For us to bridge the gap like that without a starter and two other contributing players [shows] we’re improving.”
Centralia 85, Port Angeles 63
Port Angeles 10 15 24 14— 63
Centralia 27 13 22 23— 85
Port Angeles (63)
Gunderson 15, Hathaway 3, Isett 6, Payton 12, Rixon 2, Schumacher 12, Treider 13.
Blaser 9, Scott 11, Neely 5, Waring 3, Housden 3, Tasby 36, Stodeman 8, Baumann 10.
PORT TOWNSEND — A 25-point second half helped the Wolves overcome a slow start and beat the Mornington Breakers of Australia in the Crush in the Slush Tournament at Port Angeles High School on Friday morning.
Sequim nearly went the entire first quarter without a point, scoring its first and only bucket with five second remaining in the period.
Any win is a beautiful win for the Wolves, though, especially considering they were without their leading scorer, Alexas Besand, and only senior, Columbia Haupt.
“It’s a big win, especially for our confidence,” Sequim coach Evan Still said.
With those key players missing, Still said the focus was to give playing time to less-experienced players.
Two players typically on the Sequim JV team, Jordan Miller and Judy Villella, were important contributors to the win, especially in the first half when the offense was stagnant.
Villella finished with four points and Miller scored three.
Hailey Lester and Elise Beuke led Sequim with seven points apiece. Emily Wallner added six.
Because they were facing a team from another continent, Sequim had to play without any prior scouting. Therefore, the Wolves had no choice but to keep the game plan simple.
“We just told the girls to play our game, and for the most part we did,” Still said.
Sequim 36, Mornington Breakers 29
Mornington 5 10 8 6— 29
Sequim 2 9 13 12— 36
Miller 3, Lester 7, Cummins 2, Bentz 3, Guan 2, Wallner 6, Beuke 7, Villella 4, Anderson 2.
Clallam Bay 27
QUILCENE — The Rangers earned a non-league win over the Bruins on Friday behind 15 points, six rebounds and fives steals by freshman Jerrica Viloria.
“Our girls really came together and played as a team,” Quilcene coach Briana Weller said.
“We saw the floor and were able to react to the Bruins’ physical play.”
Weller added that tough defense gave the Rangers several fast-break opportunities.
Many Quilcene players contributed to the victory.
Team captain Andrea Lara scored 13 points and tallied five steals.
Sophomore center Sammy Rae had 11 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots; freshman Megan Weller had four points, 10 boards, five assists and six steals; and Alex Johnson, yet another freshman, scored two points, grabbed three boards and finished with two steals off the bench.
Zeria Signor led the Bruins with 10 points.
“I was happy with our defense, we had 20 steals as a team,” Clallam Bay coach Kathleen Winter said.
“We had two quarters that we couldn’t make much happen offensively. We had 31 turnovers for the game.”
The Bruins’ record is now 4-2 on the season. They start league play Friday at Crescent.
Quilcene improved to 4-5. The Rangers next travel to Seattle on Friday to face Shorewood Christian in a league matchup.
Quilcene 47, Clallam Bay 27
Clallam Bay 11 4 10 2— 27
Quilcene 8 17 13 13— 47
Clallam Bay (27)
Signor 10, Erickson 7, Welever 4, Larrechea 4, Butler 2.
Viloria 15, Lara 13, Rae 11, Weller 4, Johnsen 2, Kieffer 2.
Port Angeles 42
PORT ANGELES — Shayla Northern’s 13 points weren’t enough for the Roughriders on Friday afternoon.
Krista Johnson contributed nine points for Port Angeles and Krista Johnson added nine more.
The Tigers, who Port Angeles coach considers one of the top 2A teams in the state, were led by Sydney Brown with 21 points and Mariah Swanson with 15.
Port Angeles 42
Burlington-Edison 17 18 19 15— 69
Port Angeles 15 9 9 9— 42
Brown 21, Swanson 15, Agen 11, Lopez 7, Torset 4, Capron 4, Brecknridge 4, Rabenstein 2, McTaggart 1.
Port Angeles (42)
Northern 13, Johnson 9, Walker 6, Jeffers 4, Jones 3, Hinrichs 2, Millsap 2, Lee 2, Hofer 1.