The Montesano High School boys basketball team was on a roller coaster ride with ups and downs over the weekend at the Raymond Coed New Year’s Classic Basketball Tournament.
The Bulldogs (3-4, 1-1) came out strong early on Friday and led the host Seagulls 27-13 at halftime, but Raymond ignited in the third quarter for an 18-2 run to start the second half. Raymond hit eight of its first nine shots to grab the lead at 31-29.
Montesano regrouped and settled down on both ends of the court to hold the Seagulls to just 10 points the rest of the game and win 50-41.
“There are going to be runs in basketball and it is about how you deal with it,” coach Doug Galloway said. “The easiest way to deal with it is get some block outs and get some stops on the defensive ends and be patient on offensive end. I was proud of the way we stopped the bleeding and hit a couple of buckets.”
Montesano wasn’t able to stop the bleeding on Saturday. After trailing Morton/White Pass by eight points after one quarter, the Bulldogs committed too many turnovers and saw the Timberwolves literally run away with the game going on a 45-4 run in the second and third quarter.
Montesano lost 70-20, but Galloway said the game was a chance to see problems the team may have and work to fix them.
“They got an opportunity to get out and run on us and it was tough to stop them in the open court,” Galloway said. “I thought our kids did get better. There were some things that happened early that didn’t happen later. First play of the game, Logan Truax gets picked for a layin and that didn’t happen again the rest of the game. That is a kid adjusting. We just have to have better reads. I’m excited about looking at the tape and seeing what things we need to work on and what things we did well. I think we are making progress and that is good.”
Senior Kenny Roy led the Bulldogs with 20 points against Raymond and added 11 points against MWP