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Boys basketball: Wolves dominate Roughriders in rivalry game
From fast breaks to half-court sets, inside the paint and out, on the boards and on the perimeter, Sequim was ready for their rivals.
By halftime, it looked as if Port Angeles was ready to call it quits.
Jason Brocklesby scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half as Sequim jumped out to a huge lead they never relinquished in a 91-55 drubbing of the host Port Angeles Roughriders on Jan. 31.
"We played our tempo, our game," Sequim senior Gabe Carter said.
The Wolves had a pair of 9-0 runs in the first half to post a 50-26 advantage by the break, spurred by Brocklesby's quick hands and one-handed dunks.
"So many great things happened out there," Sequim coach Greg Glasser said.
"We really played together. You don't always see that in a high school team. One thing kind of led to another."
Anthony Pinza had eight points and five rebounds, Alex Barry had 19 points and Carter distributed five assists in a balanced attack.
Sequim's Erik Christensen added six points, eight rebounds and two key blocks.
"Erik gave us a great presence in the middle … and shut them down," Glasser said.
The win keeps Sequim (13-1 in league, 15-3 overall) in line for a chance at the Olympic League title, as the Wolves and Olympic remain tied heading into their Feb. 5. contests.
Hayden Gunderson kept the Riders close in the early going, scoring 12 of his game-high 27 points in the first quarter.
But the Wolves' transition game was simply too much for the Riders. Up 23-16 after one quarter, Sequim saw the Riders hit a pair of baskets and move the momentum back toward the home team. But Rory Kallappa hit baskets on back-to-back possessions, spurring a 27-6 run to close the first half.
"I thought we did a nice job defensively after that first quarter," Glasser said.
Aiming to keep that big lead, Glasser and other Sequim coaches urged the Wolves to fend off a Port Angeles run. The Wolves outscored Port Angeles 14-11 by halfway through the third quarter and by the end of the third quarter Sequim had a 35-point lead (75-40).
After that, the Wolves' starters were able to put their collective feet up and watch their teammates finish off their rivals. By game's end, Sequim's bench was erupting for their reserves, particularly for diminutive guard Jedd Posadas' unorthodox three-point play.
"Jedd sometimes at practice he pulls out (crazy shots)," Carter said. "Those guys deserve the time," Carter said.
A victory versus the Vikings
A physical North Kitsap squad came to play on Jan. 29 and kept it close with the Olympic League co-leaders.
But in the end, Sequim's seniors — playing their final home game at Rick Kaps gymnasium — were simply too much for the visiting Vikings.
Brocklesby scored 26 points and Carter had 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as Sequim stayed in a tie for first place in the Olympic League with a 72-57 win.
Barry and Pinza added 11 points each, with both scoring key baskets in a fourth-quarter Sequim spurt that held off the upset-minded Vikings (7-6, 8-9).
"NK, you've got to tip your hat to them," Glasser said. "They came to play."
The win cinched a perfect home record (8-0) for the playoff-bound Wolves.
Sequim built a 10-point lead by halftime that ballooned to 17 nearing the end of the third quarter. But the Vikings had an answer in the form of a 12-point run that carried over into the fourth quarter.
Up just 50-45, Sequim went to Barry, a key outside threat, who sank 3-pointers on consecutive possessions. After a Viking turnover, Carter earned a trip to the foul line and hit a free throw. He missed his second try, but Brocklesby rebounded the failed try for a put-back. Just like that, Sequim had a 16-point lead.
Moments later, Pinza hit a 3-pointer that essentially clinched the victory.
Sequim hit 20-of-29 from the free-throw line.
"That was a hard fought, physical game," Glasser said. "They (North Kitsap) have a few football players out there.
"I'm glad with how our guys responded. We were able to answer their runs. The confidence our guys have in each other is great to see."
Riley Lindsey led North Kitsap with 17 points and Kendal Gill added 15 points.