Ocosta’s Cole Hatton hit two free throws in the final seconds of double overtime as Ocosta pulled off an 85-82 upset over Ilwaco on Thursday in Westport.
Ilwaco (14-6 overall, 12-6 Pacific 2B) had a chance to ice the game in regulation, leading by two and going to the free-throw line for a 1-and-1 with two seconds left in the fourth quarter.
But the first free throw was missed and Ocosta’s Kobe Rudolph grabbed the rebound and was fouled while attempting a 46-foot buzzer-beater.
Rudolph made the first two free throws but missed the third, sending the game into overtime at 69-all.
In the first overtime, Hatton hit a clutch 3-pointer to put Ocosta up by three, but Ilwaco guard Daniel Whiting tied the game at 74 with a three of his own with 30 seconds left.
In double overtime, Rudolph hit a key 3-pointer as Ocosta regained the lead followed by Hatton hitting 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to give Ocosta an 85-82 lead.
Ilwaco grabbed the rebound off of Hatton’s missed freebie with five seconds left, but the Wildcats defense kept the Fishermen from getting off a shot as time expired and the Ocosta Senior Night crowd rushed the floor in celebration.
“Well, I didn’t think we could top our Chief Leschi ending from the other night, but this game was definitely more exciting,” Ocosta head coach Jason Quinby said. “I couldn’t be prouder of my guys for playing with some good old toughness and moxy tonight and really playing unselfishly.”
Hatton led Ocosta with 26 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
Rudolph scored 25 points and Omar Luque added 21 points for an Ocosta team that had 26 assists and just 13 turnovers in the game.
Whiting and Joe Nisbett led Ilwaco with 27 and 22 points, respectively.
Aberdeen 52, Rochester 37
Three Bobcats scored in double figures as Aberdeen closed out the regular season with a 52-37 victory over Rochester on Thursday at Rochester High School.
Wyatt Johnson led the Bobcats (8-12, 4-6 Evergreen 2A) with 13 points while Gio Pisani and Nick Farrer chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Aberdeen held Rochester (0-20, 0-10) to just six points in each of the first two quarters, but Bobcats head coach Mark Buckman said there is still plenty to work on before Aberdeen faces the No. 5 seed out of the 2A Greater St. Helen’s League in a play-in game at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13.
“We started out well, defensively, but had too many defensive letdowns in the second half,” he said. “We allowed all our players to get good minutes, but certain groups did not communicate on the court to find Rochester’s main players. It was a good eye-opener for us heading into the pigtail game.”
Sawyer Robbins led Rochester with 10 points.
Willapa Valley 79, Pe Ell 44
The Willapa Valley Vikings took care of business on Thursday, earning a 79-44 Senior Night victory over the Pe Ell Trojans in Menlo.
Leading by one point after the first quarter, the Vikings (15-6, 14-4 Pacific 2B) heated up in the second quarter, outscoring the Trojans (5-15, 4-14) 23-9 in the period to take a commanding 38-23 lead into halftime.
After stretching its lead to 19 points by the end of the third quarter, the Vikings outpaced Pe Ell 25-9 over the final eight minutes to pick up the victory.
Chad Flemetis led Willapa Valley with a season-high 26 points.
Logan Walker added 15 points and seven rebounds while Tyler Adkins (10 points) and Carter Pearson (10 pts., 5 assists) also scored in double figures for the Vikings.
Willapa Valley won the rebounding battle 35-23.
Every Vikings senior scored on Senior Night, highlighted by Trey Amacher, who was the only senior who hadn’t scored until he hit a buzzer-beater to end the game, causing his teammates to pour on the court to celebrate.
With the win, the Vikings finish the regular season tied with Northwest Christian for second place in the Pacific League.
Rather than decide the seed on a coin flip, the two teams will face each other at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Ocosta High School for second place.
Raymond 67, South Bend 47
Raymond closed out the regular season with a 67-47 road victory over South Bend on Thursday.
McCartney Maden and Tre’ Seydel lead the Seagulls (5-14, 5-12 Pacific 2B) with 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Seydel finished with a double-double, grabbing 11 rebounds and also dishing out six assists for Raymond.
“I thought the key to the game tonight was rebounding and getting stops,” Raymond head coach Derek Rask said. “We struggled in the third quarter to do that. South Bend made a nice run in the third, but we were able to weather the storm and finish strong.”
Brian Sida also scored in double figures for Raymond with 10 points.
Nathon Ashley led South Bend (1-18, 0-17) with 20 points.
Mayson Estle added 10 point for the Indians.
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Wishkah Valley 34, Oakville 20
Wishkah Valley held Oakville to 10 points in each half in a 34-20 victory over the Acorns on Thursday at Wishkah Valley High School.
Brooke Haskey scored 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for a Wishkah team that recorded 30 steals in the contest.
Baylee Buchanan and Erica Bomhoff scored six points apiece and Buchanan was cited by Wishkah coaches for her inspired play and on-court leadership.
Alana Evenson, Kelcey Bernhardy and Bomhoff each recorded double-digits in rebounding with 11, 10 and 10, respectively.
Marcia Casihan led Oakville with 10 points.
Wishkah is 6-4 in the 1B Coastal League and will face Mary M. Knight at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Montesano High School in a second-place tiebreaker.
Taholah 69, Columbia Adv. 67
Taholah scored 27 points in the fourth quarter to earn a 69-67 comeback win over Columbia Adventist on Thursday.
Ashley Hidalgo led the Lady Chitwhins with 19 points.
Nakeah McCrory added 16 points and 17 rebounds for Taholah.