When something is working, the best thing to do is get out of the way.
Gold Beach Head Coach Jay Trost embraced that reality when it became apparent Todd Halcumb was having a hot hand early on in the game with the Panther’s Sunset Conference rival, Myrtle Point.
For Halcumb, the basket was as big as a bathtub as he rained in 30 points in the first half.
“Todd was shooting the lights out, hitting some really big buckets.”
Halcumb successfully connected on seven-triples launching a volley of ICBM’s — intercontinental basketball missiles — from behind the arc, netting the Panthers 21 points. The offensive push would frustrate the Bobcat boys contingent on way to a Gold Beach 82-69 victory in front of an appreciative hometown crowd.
MPHS stayed with GBHS for the first period leading their hosts by a single point 22-21, before Gold Beach turned the tables and never looked back, taking a 45-41 halftime lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Panthers continued to pull away amassing a 60-52 lead at the end of three periods before putting the game on ice with 22 points to Myrtle Point’s 17 to the end game, 82-69.
Trost was pleased with his Panthers performance. Not only did they win the scoring battle but edged MPHS on the both offensive and defensive boards but equally important at the charity stripe hitting 55.6 percent of their free throws compared to Myrtle Point’s 39.1 percent.
“It was very entertaining,” Trost said, “my guys really stepped up. We played people at positions they weren’t used to and everyone stepped up.”
In addition to Halcumbs 36-point scoring spree, teammate Brandon Seuser-Smith put up 21 points and Luke Gilbert chipped in 7. Trost was proud of the rest of the team, too, saying “we had five or six players with 8 points.”
For Myrtle Point, John Newton lead the way with 19 points followed by Jalen Robbins with 17.
With the win (2-1) Gold Beach currently occupies the second spot in the Sunset Conference behind (3-0) leaders Reedsport and Toledo.
On Tuesday, Gold Beach hosted Reedsport at home in what Trost describes as “a big, big game.”