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Back in the mix

In a season already full of last-second heroics, this may be the topper.

Sequim's John Textor stripped the ball from Port Angeles guard Antonio Stevenson with six seconds left and hit a lay-up just before the final buzzer, leading his Wolves to a 40-38 victory against their rivals, Sequim's first victory in P.A. since 2001.

"As soon as he got it, I thought, 'the game's over,'" Sequim point guard Corbin Webb said.

Clancy Catelli led the Wolves with 12 points while Jeremie Oliver added nine points and Textor had seven points.

Colin Wheeler led the Roughriders with 14 points.

The win, combined with a pair of upsets, put the Wolves (8-5 in Olympic League play, 9-8 overall) within a half game of league 2A leaders North Mason and Kingston. On Feb. 5, Kingston edged North Mason in overtime, putting the Wolves a full game back of the Buccaneers and into a virtual tie with North Mason for second place.

Sequim was slated to play at North Kitsap on Tuesday, Feb. 9, and at North Mason on Friday, Feb. 12, before finishing the regular season at home versus the Olympic Trojans on Tuesday, Feb. 16.



'Riders take

early lead

Port Angeles surged ahead in the first half thanks to good inside play from Williams and Steve Rogers. The Wolves struggled from the field as the host Roughriders went on a 9-0 run to open the second quarter and extending to a 19-11 advantage at intermission.

"We weren't panicked going into halftime," Sequim coach Greg Glasser said. "We talked about not getting too far extended on defense."

Down eight points at halftime, Sequim went on a 14-3 run thanks to a suffocating, man-on-man defense focused on keeping the 'Riders from taking mid-range jumpers.

That strategy worked until the fourth quarter, when the two teams began sinking long jumpers like a pair of punch-drunk prizefighters.



Fourth-quarter frenzy

Each time the Wolves got big shots from Oliver and Nick Camporini, the Roughriders responded in kind by equalizers from Wheeler and Dustin Williams.

Williams hit the second of back-to-back three-pointers to tie the game at 38-38 with 1:28 on the clock. After the teams traded possessions, Williams blocked Oliver's shot attempt and Port Angeles secured the ball with 15 seconds remaining.

The ball went to Stevenson, who tried to dribble between a pair of defenders for the game's last shot. The quick-handed Textor, however, was waiting, knocking the ball loose and racing half the court for the final score.

"I was ready down in the corner if he needed me but ... I knew he'd take it all the way," Oliver said. "He's the best finisher on the court."

The shot sent Sequim fans into a frenzy and subdued a boisterous hometown faithful.

"I told them if we get (P.A.) to turn it over, be smart," Glasser said. "When John got the ball, I (was not) going to stop him."

The Wolves, who have seen eight games decided by four points or less this season, won their third contest on the final score of the game.

"This is all I could have asked for, to win here my senior year," said a jubilant Oliver.

The last time the Wolves managed a win in Port Angeles was Feb. 10, 2001, when James McCutcheon led a 68-48 rout by scoring 29 points, 21 of them in the first half. That was also the last time Sequim managed to beat the Roughriders twice in a season, topping the green-and-white 61-57 that January.

Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.



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