Not much pretty about this win, but it's still a "W."
Sequim's perimeter shooters got hot in the first half to build a lead and its defense made it last as the Wolves outmuscled Klahowya 61-49 on Friday night.
Michael Dunning hit a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter and led Sequim with 15 points, helping the purple-and-gold win their first Olympic League contest.
"We need (those perimeter shooters) out there; they're a key part to our success," Sequim coach Greg Glasser said following the win.
"I liked how aggressive we were defensively. We created a lot of turnovers but ... we weren't able to finish on some of them."
Sequim took a 16-7 lead after one quarter, getting key baskets from Dunning and Nic Camporini, and saw that lead balloon to 28-10 in the second quarter following Camporini's second triple.
Klahowya's Eagles, who shot just 33 percent from the field (18-of-54), kept Sequim's lead at about 10 or 11 points most of the game thanks to crashing the offensive glass and getting the occasional jumper
from leading scorer Brandon Neet (15 points).
But it was Sequim's defense in the end that made the difference, forcing 23 turnovers and stealing 16 passes. Senior John Textor had six rebounds, two steals and a game-high three blocks. Fellow senior Clancy Catelli added six rebounds and three steals while freshman Jayson Brocklesby led the team with eight rebounds.
Glasser said he's hoping to see his squad get better on the defensive rebounding and converting more turnovers into points.
"We just need to practice the things we're weak at," Glasser said. "Our guys love to run the court but if you don't have the ball, you can't run. We need all five guys to crash the boards."
Despite an off night shooting the ball, Sequim point guard Corbin Webb fueled the offense with four assists and four steals, both game-highs.
Asked afterward what he thought about the win, Webb said it hardly felt like one.
'We're still getting that team chemistry," Webb said. "Some of our guys got a bit of a late start (with an extended football season). They'll get it."
Webb said he was impressed with Dunning and Camporini, two of the Wolves' best deep threats.
Dunning, a 6-foot senior, said he feels more confident with his shot in this early season.
"That comes from my coaches; they want me taking those shots," Dunning said. "We're playing well together. It's staring to click a little more (each game)."
Klahowya got 13 points from Andrew Holm.
Klahowya, coming off a five-point, season-opening loss to Washington the night before, shot just 39 percent (10-of-26) from the free-throw line. Sequim was 23-of-40 (58 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Wolves (1-0 in league, 1-1 overall) were scheduled to play rival North Mason at home on Dec. 8 - results were unavailable at press time (see sequimgazette.com for details).
Sequim hosts Port Townsend on Friday, Dec. 11. The game is a double-header, with the girls varsity game at 5:15 p.m. and boys at 7 p.m.
Halfway through the second quarter, it looked as if
Sequim might start its 2009-2010 season with a win.
Just a few minutes later, Interlake grabbed a 25-22 halftime lead and never relinquished it, edging the Wolves 57-48 in a nonleague contest in Sequim on Nov. 30.
Ricky Aaron and Zac Johnston combined for 38 points to lead the Saints. Aaron had 13 of his 21 points in the second half.
Sequim started strong by posting a 15-9 lead after one quarter but Interlake closed the half with a 12-2 run. The Saints led by just two at 40-38 with six minutes to go but managed to pull away for the win.
Catelli led the Sequim attack with 17 points while Textor added 10 points. Camporini and Webb each added six.
It was the first game for the Wolves with a shot clock,
a new rule added to boys basketball games this season by the state athletics association.
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