PREP BASKETBALL: Port Angeles boys win fourth straight in dominant fashion

BREMERTON — The Port Angeles boys basketball team got off to an 18-2 lead in the first quarter and went on to cruise to a 70-27 victory against league foe Olympic on Saturday.

It was the Roughriders’ fourth-straight win and their fourth-straight game with 70 or more points. Coach Kasey Ulin said Olympic played a solid defense and that the Riders had to be patient on offense.

Ulin said the Riders didn’t shoot that well from outside (4-for-18), but scored 50 points in the paint. Port Angeles also played solid defense, allowing 10 points or fewer in every quarter.

“We came out with great defensive focus,” he said. “Our energy was high and we forced a lot of low-percentage shots.”

Post player John Vaara led the team with 20 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks. Parker Nickerson had 13 points and Wyatt Dunning 12. Dunning added 11 rebounds.

“Tyler Hunter was phenomenal off the bench with six rebounds,” Ulin said. Hunter added eight points.

It was just the Riders’ third game since Dec. 21 and they have yet to play a home game since Dec. 9. Ulin said his players have maintained a positive outlook through the COVID-19 postponements this winter.

“These guys have been so persistent. They have a great attitude and have shown good unity. The guys are supporting each other,” Ulin said.

Port Angeles (5-0, 6-2) is next set to play at home again finally at 7 p.m. Thursday in a rematch with Olympic (1-4, 3-5). Then they have a monster game scheduled against North Kitsap at 3 p.m. Saturday. North Kitsap (6-0, 10-1) is one of the best 2A teams in the state.

Port Angeles 70, Olympic 27

PA 18 19 26 7 — 70

Oly. 2 10 10 5 — 27

Port Angeles (70) — Vaara 20, Nickerson 13, Dunning 12, Hunter 8, Maestas 7, Soule 5, Wheeler 5.

Neah Bay 78, Taholah 20

TAHOLAH — The Neah Bay boys basketball team got up 33-1 after the first quarter and went on to cruise to a 78-20 road win over Taholah.

Neah Bay had good balance in Saturday’s contest, with six players who scored eight or more points in a 78-20 road win over Taholah.

Tyler Swan led the Red Devils with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Kaeden Butterfield had 14 points, shooting 7 for 8 from 2-point range. He also pulled down 12 rebounds.

Devon Halttunen scored 10, while Jodell Wimberley, Jared Halttunen and Cayden Smith each scored eight.

Neah Bay (1-0, 4-1) is next scheduled to host Clallam Bay at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Neah Bay 78, Taholah 20

NB 33 19 16 10 — 78

Tah. 1 10 5 4 — 20

Neah Bay (78) — Swan 15, Butterfield 14, D. Halttunen 10, Wimberley 8, J. Halttunen 8, Smith 8, Chambers 5, Carrick 4, Bella 4.

Girls basketball

Neah Bay 76, Taholah 32

TAHOLAH — Neah Bay’s Allie Greene scored 30 points as the Red Devils girls’ basketball team beat Taholah 76-32.

Greene shot 6-for-10 from 2-point range and 6-for-10 from 3-point range for her points. Greene scored 27 in her previous game and it was her third 20-point-plus game of the year.

Oceana Aguirre had 16 points, while Ryana Moss scored 10.

Neah Bay (1-0, 5-1), which has won four straight, is scheduled to play at home at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday against Clallam Bay.

Neah Bay 76, Taholah 32

NB 14 24 20 18 — 76

Tah. 8 10 9 5 — 32

Neah Bay (76) — A. Greene 30, Aguirre 16, R. Moss 10, Halttunen 5, Q. Greene 4, Swan 4, Ray 4, C. Moss 3.

Crescent 40, Clallam Bay 11

JOYCE — The Crescent girls basketball team came out of a long break without games and improved to 7-3 on the year with a 40-11 win over Clallam Bay this weekend.

JoCy Kazlauskas and Payton Fieldsend led the Loggers on the court, according to coach Mike Haselett.

“Kazlauskas played great defense for the Loggers with 10 points on fast breaks,” Hazelett said. “The Loggers were off to a slow start due to not playing games in over a week and a half. Fieldsend came off the bench … with fearless defense and put up 10 fast points.

“[Fieldsend] was the key to getting the Loggers moving,” Hazelett said.

Crescent (2-0, 7-3) has three games this week postponed and is set to play Thursday at home at 5:45 p.m. against the Port Angeles C team.

Crescent 40, Clallam Bay 11

CB 0 5 6 0 — 11

Cres. 6 5 17 13 — 40

Crescent (40) — Kazlauskas 10, Fieldsend 10, Mason 7, Dunavant 6, Gales 5, Horn 2.

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