The Knappa Loggers gave a pretty good account of themselves Friday night at Seaside. For about a quarter and a half.
That's about when the Gulls turned a slim 19-18 lead into a 34-18 advantage, on their way to a 79-49 win over the Loggers in a nonleague boys basketball game, and a rare Clatsop Clash meeting between Knappa and Seaside.
Knappa had not lost by 30 or more points since a 74-42 loss to R.A. Long in 2013. But the Loggers shouldn't feel too bad — Seaside does that to everybody.
Whether they're playing the defending 5A state champions or the No. 1-ranked 4A team … the Gulls are beating just about anyone they want right now, as they tune up for another state title run.
With two league games still remaining, the No. 1-ranked Gulls are 19-2 and have won 16 in a row.
After the 15-0 run in the second period, Seaside never looked back, despite an early challenge from Knappa. The Loggers led 15-14 after one quarter, as Eli Takalo scored on a layup at the buzzer to end the first eight minutes.
The Gulls are not accustomed to trailing after one quarter, nor are they used to missing seven straight 3-pointers, as they did to start the second period.
But Knappa was equally cold, and Seaside took advantage with a successful 3-pointer from Brayden Johnson. The Gulls took the lead for good on a tip-in by Payton Westerholm, who has five cousins on the Knappa roster.
Seaside's Duncan Thompson had three straight scores, and Beau Johnson's 3-pointer gave the Gulls their 34-18 lead.
In the second quarter, Knappa had three free throws and just one field goal (a 3-pointer by Kanai Phillip with 45 seconds left).
Timber Engblom kept the Loggers within striking distance in the third quarter, when he scored 10 of his team-high 18 points, but Seaside reeled off another 9-0 to pull away.
Chase Januik scored a game-high 20 points for Seaside, which finished 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Ryan Hague added 16, while Beau Johnson and Thompson each finished with 10.
Takalo added eight points and Mason Westerholm score seven for Knappa.