The postseason basketball continued for me Saturday night as I traveled to Chehalis for a second round District IV game between Ilwaco and Winlock. And as I mentioned in my last post, the game was once again a rough and tumble affair. By the end, Ilwaco's center had fouled out by the fourth quarter and their shooting guard and head coach were tossed from the game by way of technical fouls. Even the crowds were rowdy.
Ilwaco lost the game 61-46, despite some late threes and free throws, as they were trailing by more early on in the fourth.
Ilwaco still has a chance to make the state tournament, but only if they win their next two games. They will play next on Thursday, Feb. 21 in a 6:30 p.m. game at Centralia. If they win that game they will play in the third place game on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Kelso. A win in that game sends them to the state tournament. A loss in either two would send them home.
Here's some of what I got from an interesting game:
It was a tough way to end, especially with the Cardinal fans chanting "On to state" as the players started to celebrate. But the Fishermen still have time left to accomplish what they set out for this year.