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For ’Riders, a green sweep

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P.A. boys top Sequim in double-OT

By MICHAEL DASHIELL


Looking more like two skilled sword fighters than a pair of punch-drunk fighters, the Wolves and Roughriders — beat and bloodied and bent on gaining any kind of advantage in this classic rivalry — once again gave peninsula hoops fans something to remember.

And unlike last season, there was no last-second miracle for Sequim.

Ian Ward hit for 23 points, including eight points in the second overtime, as the Roughriders edged Sequim’s Wolves 73-68 on Jan. 13.

“They never went away,” said Sequim forward Nick Camporini, who led the Wolves with 22 points. “Every time we got a cushion, they’d get a three.”

A few moments into the third quarter, however, it was Port Angeles enjoying a cushion, building a 14-point advantage (36-22) before the Wolves came storming back. Buoyed by their vociferous home crowd on the same day they celebrated the high school’s 100th year, Sequim locked down the ’Riders on defense and began hitting shots that simply rattled out time after time in the first half.

Camporini, Corbin Webb and Jayson Brocklesby led a 10-0 run that trimmed P.A.’s lead to just four points by the end of the third quarter.

Camporini’s lopping circus shot with 6:46 remaining — and the free throw he earned on the play — brought Sequim its first lead since the opening score.

From then on, it was a slugfest. Each time Camporini or Brocklesby or Gabe Carter found the hoop, P.A.’s Cameron Braithwaite or Hayden McCartney would respond in kind.

With 40 seconds in regulation, ’Rider Colin Wheeler sank a 3-pointer to give Port Angeles a 55-53 lead, but Brocklesby muscled his way to the hoop and drew a foul. His three-point play gave Sequim a 56-55 advantage.

Braithwaite answered by sinking one of two free throws and, with the score tied, Sequim designed what they thought would be the final score of the night.

With 1.9 seconds to go, however, a play designed to free up Camporini deteriorated when the senior forward was tripped up.

“It looked like I’d get a shot but … it didn’t happen,” he said.

Thanks to baskets from Camporini and Kenney Meier, the Wolves came back from a four-point deficit in the first extra period to force a second overtime but after losing both Carter and key reserve Tim Guan, the Wolves ran out of gas in the second overtime.

“I’m proud of my guys,” Sequim coach Greg Glasser said. “P.A. brought pressure and really challenged us on the perimeter. (The Wolves) never quit. That shows a lot of composure.”

Meier, the team’s starting point guard, said his Sequim squad would rebound from this game.

“We weren’t playing to our strengths (tonight),” Meier said. “We’re a pretty good team for bouncing back.”
Camporini echoed his teammate’s sentiments.

“This one might sting for a little bit, but we just have to rebound.”

Brocklesby had 21 points while Carter and Webb added nine points each for the Wolves.

Wheeler scored 20 points for the Roughriders, who moved ahead of Sequim for second place in the Olympic League behind Kingston.

Last season, Sequim beat host Port Angeles on a last-second layup by John Textor.

Sequim was slated to play North Mason in Belfair on Jan. 18 — results of the game were unavailable at press time.

The Wolves are at Bremerton on Jan. 21 and host Klahowya on Jan. 25.

Sequim stops Port Townsend

The Port Townsend Redskins may be at the bottom of the Olympic League but they rarely play like a lowly team when they tangle with Sequim’s Wolves.

The Jan. 11 match-up in Sequim was no different.

Brocklesby scored 15 points and Carter added 13 as Sequim pulled away from their 1A league foes, 62-55.

The Wolves used a 10-0 run at the end of the third quarter to turn a deadlocked game into their seventh league victory.

Carter had 10 points and Brocklesby added eight in the final quarter.

Meier added eight points while Guan and Webb scored six points each.

Kyle Kelly led Port Townsend with 20 points. Jacob Deberry added 12 points.

Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.



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