Hosting the Mountaineers this past Dec. 12, the Seagulls took the initial jump ball, tagged the first basket and ended the first period up by 12 points. But they would finish the game taking the Mountaineers into overtime when at regulation time the score was locked at 42. With only a handful of seconds remaining in the regular game, Rainier was able to bring the session to a tie when Jordan Chatman hit a winner with 2 seconds on the clock.
Chatman not having scored since the second period, found himself in position to extend the game into overtime, the only problem was that Raymond did have the inbound and a couple of seconds to make a try.
The Seagulls took a timeout to come up with a last ditch play which set Elliott Murdock responsible to find an open Rayce Newman who saw his effort bounce off the rim as time ran out. An additional four-minute period was set to have the teams' race to the finish.
"We went with what had been working for us, when the overtime period came," said coach Derek Rask.
And the formula continued to work for the Seagulls as they opened up the OT with back-to-back three pointers from Jayce Freeman and Newman. Rainier did keep up with the Seagulls as McKoy Bickler hit one of his six field goals of the night keeping the Mountaineers close, but fouled out the very next Raymond possession. With the threat of Bickler gone, the clock seemed to be taking forever to extinguish as the longest four minutes of play was interrupted with fouls and time-outs on both sides.
A charging foul on Mountaineer guard Shouridama Seadle turned the ball over to Raymond with just under one minute to play, still enough time for Rainier to get a last opportunity on the floor. Raymond raised a foul and sent Seadle to the line who sunk one out of two attempts and closing the gap within a single bucket.
Rainier then tied up Seagull sophomore Kason Koski who hit a pair of foul shots giving Raymond a four-point advantage, seven seconds on the clock, and a full court for Rainier to cover.
Not wishing to foul and not wanting Rainier to have a last basket, the Seagulls played them tight but did not press their luck allowing the Mountaineers to get the ball in play. Rainier did get a final shot at the basket, but it would not drop as there would be no magic for the Mountaineers at the buzzer.
Koski, having seven points toward the overall Seagull team total, showed that he could produce under pressure hitting both of his foul shots and securing the game. With Newman and Freeman both in double digits for Raymond, the Seagulls had a total of six players providing points for the team.
But it was more a defensive game with the relative low score on both sides, neither team scored over 15 points in a single period.
"We let up...we were content with our lead and we let our guard down," said coach Rask about how the game turned around, "We knew it might happen, we talked about it as a team. I am proud of the kids and how they faced the adversity of the game. We stuck with it. We could have given up but we didn't."
The game a little redemption for their loss to Willapa Valley just three days prior, sets them back on the winning road and will face North Beach at home on Dec. 18.