Seven straight points helped the Camas boys basketball team settle into the first league game of the season.
Skyview answered the bell, and the Papermakers couldn’t buy a field goal in the second quarter.
Camas regained the lead in the third quarter on 3-pointers by Tanner Fogle and Alex Glikbarg.
“I feel like we do a good job of rallying, but a lot of times when we come back and we tie it, we kind of ease off the gas and they just build another lead,” Glikbarg said. “We got to work on that. Just got to keep our foot on the gas pedal.”
The Storm went back up by six points in the fourth quarter. Logan Miller cut it to two on a 3-pointer, but the Papermakers couldn’t get any closer. Skyview won 48-40.
“It’s always good to get momentum. We just didn’t capitalize on it,” Miller said. “They just kind of outworked us tonight. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen again.”
Glikbarg racked up 16 points for the Papermakers, and Fogle and Miller both added six.
Brian Nguyen won the opening tip off for Camas, Glikbarg got to the ball quickly and scored the first two points. Skyview was charged with a technical foul, and Glikbarg made both free throws. The Papermakers maintained possession, and Miller hit a three to put them up 7-0.
Skyview closed out the first quarter on an 8-2 swing to get within one point of Camas. The Storm then surged ahead by five, while the Papermakers went 0-for-9 from the field.
Camas came out fired up in the second half. Tre Carslile drove in for two points, and Fogle added a three to tie the score at 23-23. Skyview countered with a two, but then Glikbarg hit a three to give the Papermakers a 26-25 lead.
After the Storm got back up by four points, Glikbarg nailed another three to get Camas close again. Isaiah Sampson then fed the ball to Fogle, and he made a turnaround jumper over the defender to put the Papermakers back up by one.
Skyview regained the lead by three. Cooper McNatt drove to the hoop for the Papermakers and delivered a nice dish to Sampson for two points before the end of the third quarter.
Camas was back within one, but then the Storm went on a 14-7 surge to secure the victory.
“I don’t think we shot the ball well at all today, but it was good to see them have some resiliency and fight back,” said Camas head coach Skyler Gillispie. “Skyview played really tough. Credit to them.”
Camas finished in second place at the Surf ‘N Slam tournament Dec. 27 to 30, in San Diego. The Papermakers beat Sacred Heart, Calif., 63-53 and Conestoga, Penn., 55-54. Chief Sealth defeated Camas 68-47 in the championship game.
“The basketball was fun, but I think the kids had a great time down there and have some memories that they’ll remember for a long time,” Gillispie said.
The Papermakers host Heritage Friday and go to Union Monday. Both games begin at 7 p.m.