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Wolves split at the ‘Slush’
Sequim’s Gabe Carter, right, denies Orting’s Jordan Harvell a good look at the basket. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell
Sequim takes on league’s top teams in next 4 games
by MICHAEL DASHIELL
Outside, the “slush” promised was more snow mixed with rain.
Inside, Sequim’s boys basketball squad had the same kind of mixed results.
After a seven-point loss to district rival Eatonville on Dec. 28, Sequim rebounded with a 71-52 thrashing of Orting the next day to earn a split at the Crush the Slush Tournament in Port Townsend last week.
“I think this (tournament) helped a lot, to get the rust knocked off,” Sequim guard Corbin Webb said.
The junior saw his first action after a bout with mononucleosis and led the team in scoring in both games.
Eatonville, a former league foe and in the past two seasons a Sequim opponent in the West Central District playoffs, proved to be a tough team against which to shake a 12-day layoff. The Cruisers cruised to a 9-0 lead and 30-20 halftime advantage before the Wolves battled back. Sequim came within a point of Eatonville in the final quarter before falling 58-51.
The loss snapped Sequim’s seven-game winning streak.
“I was pleased with (the) effort,” Sequim coach Greg Glasser said. “The shots just didn’t fall.”
Webb led Sequim in scoring with 15 on 6-of-10 shooting points while Nick Camporini and Gabe Carter added 12 points each. Carter added a team-high seven rebounds and six assists.
Sequim didn’t need as much time to figure out its next opponent, jumping out to a 25-12 first-quarter lead and 49-24 halftime edge against Orting.
“I would have liked to have defended better … but (on offense) we called eight plays to start and scored on six of them,” Glasser said. “We’re still learning to play together.”
Webb led all scorers with 21 points while Jayson Brocklesby added 11 points. Carter scored nine points and added 11 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks.
Camporini, Dylan Eekhoff and Evan Hill had seven points apiece as nine players saw significant minutes — including brothers Anthony and Ryan Pinza.
“It was really good to see some of those young guys on the court,” Glasser said.
“I felt like we had a lot of good chemistry,” Hill said. “I thought our second-string guys, we held our lead.”
Important league games loom
The itinerary for the Wolves doesn’t get any easier. Sequim gets Kingston (Jan. 4) and Olympic (Jan. 6) at home this week. Kingston leads the league with a 6-0 mark while Olympic handed Sequim its lone league defeat back on Dec. 3.
The following week, Sequim hosts rival Port Townsend (Jan. 11) and the league’s No. 2 team, Port Angeles (Jan. 13).
“For us to be successful, we’re going to have to rebound the basketball, especially against teams like P.A.,” Glasser said. “If we can rebound with those guys, we can score with them.”
Sequim, with just two players taller than 6 feet 1 inch (Brocklesby and Carter, both 6-3), figures to be challenged inside by the Roughriders (eight players at least 6-2) and Kingston, with a pair of talented 6-4 posts in Zane Ravenholt and Sam Byers.
“We need to box out and be more physical,” Brocklesby said.
The Wolves swept Port Angeles and lost a pair of heartbreakers to Kingston last season.
“Right now we’ve got teams rising to the top (in the league),” Glasser said.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge.”
Reach Michael Dashiell at firstname.lastname@example.org.