KOPLITZ FIELD HOUSE – Willapa Valley fought off poor shooting in the first half to come back and derail South Bend’s upset bid with a 55-37 triumph before a crowd of about 185 at Koplitz Field House.
The Indians led 10-6 after one quarter but found themselves trailing (25-16) at halftime. The Vikings (10-4) upped their margin to 43-26 heading into the fourth quarter on a buzzer-beating trey by Anthony Sagen. Matt Konigsberger scored Valley’s first nine points of the second half, including an acrobatic hoop off an offensive rebound while falling to the floor.
Zack Friese gave the Vikes their biggest lead at 54-28 in the fourth quarter.
Konigsberger paced the Vikes with 16 points and 13 rebounds and Sagen and Stephen Camenzind (13 boards) canned 10 points each.
Valley shot 35 percent from the field on 23 of 65, while SB was at 26 percent (13 of 50). Valley committed only nine turnovers and dominated the glass 44-24.
Miles Davis scored 11, pulled down six boards and blocked four shots and Austin Lewis netted nine
Valley upped its Pacific League record to 5-1 and the Tribe fell to 0-13 and 0-7).
Willapa Valley won the junior varsity game 68-25 with solid balanced scoring, including 14 points by Kyler Oblad, 13 from Hunter Gray, 10 by Trevor Cook and nine by Jason Fluke. South bend was led in scoring by Feranando Mena’s nine points, six by Agustin Diaz and five by Nathan Kunke.
Willapa Valley hosted Naselle last night and Ocosta visits Menlo Friday. The Indians played at Montesano Monday and host Northwest Christian Saturday.
Naselle 64, Indians 43
Naselle flew out to a big lead during a 64-43 road win over South Bend last Thursday before a crowd of about 175 at Koplitz. Justin Elliott led the Indians with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
The Comettes won the JV game 61-18. Kunke put in eight for the Tribe.
LaConner 62, South Bend 39
LaConner whacked South Bend 62-39 at a holiday tourney in Menlo on Dec. 28. Davis drilled 25 points for the Indians. The Braves broke the game open with a 13-0 run in the third quarter.