Sequim's boys basketball squad, overmatched on paper coming into the Mountlake Terrace Holiday Basketball Tournament, kept it close in a pair of games but dropped both to close out the 2009 calendar year.
In the opener on Dec. 29, Jacob Champoux led Mountlake Terrace with 17 points, five assists and four steals as his Hawks edged Sequim, 63-55.
Frank Catelli led the Wolves with 12 points while teammate Nick Camporini added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Sequim trailed just 57-55 and had possession with 1:56 on the clock, but a Martinze Johnson steal and lay-up gave the Hawks a four-point lead. A Sequim offensive foul on the Wolves' next possession sealed the game.
Sequim's Wolves went toe-to-toe with Mountlake Terrace, a 4A school that qualified for the state tournament last season, hitting six of their first seven shots and taking a 15-12 lead after one quarter. But
Sequim committed 24 turnovers by game's end, negating a solid all-around effort.
"We shot the ball decently but when you turn the ball over 24 times, it's hard to win," Sequim coach Greg Glasser said. "I wish we could play a team like that 10 nights a year; they really make you better."
The Wolves saw the return of starter Clancy Catelli, Frank's brother, and the pair of posts were active against the Hawks. Clancy scored nine points while Frank got eight of his dozen points at the free throw line.
"Those two work very hard," Glasser said of the Catelli siblings. " We encouraged all of our guys to get it into the post. Not that we're going to score all of the time, but the defense is going to turn and look at that and leave our shooters open."
The Wolves saw Mountlake Terrace make an 11-2 run between the first and second quarters to take a 32-29 advantage by halftime. Sequim kept with the Hawks in the early parts of the second half and took a 41-39 lead before Champoux tied the game at 44-all.
Will Powell sank a three-point shot to snap that tie and give the Hawks a lead they'd never lose.
Corbin Webb had six points and four assists while John Textor had nine points for the Wolves.
The Wolves saw 11 players get significant floor time in the opener.
"Coach told us before the tournament that he was going to play some of us who hadn't played as much (to) see what we could do, since these aren't league games," said backup point guard Evan Hill.
Glasser said that the Wolves might use that kind of rotation this season.
"I told the guys after the game that this might be the way we play, (to) throw 10 guys out there in the first half," Glasser said. "The great thing about that is the guys that came in really maintained and brought us to a new level."
Mountlake's Hawks went on to play O'Dea in the championship game of their own tourney while Sequim fell to the consolation bracket.
Wolves fall in fight with 'Irish'
Vancouver College used its pressure defense and sharp shooting to pick up a 69-57 win against the Wolves on Dec. 30, handing Sequim their fourth loss of the season.
Vancouver College, an all-boys K-12 Catholic school, is the fourth-ranked basketball team in British Columbia. The Fighting Irish recovered from a loss the night before to Seattle's O'Dea High School and improved to 5-2 on the season.
The contest was close early, tied at 6-6 halfway through the opening quarter, but the Irish then opened up a 17-11 advantage at the first-quarter break.
Sequim managed to tie the affair again at 26 apiece, but a 13-4 Vancouver run gave the Irish a 39-30 lead at intermission.
Vancouver College extended that lead to 14 points after three quarters. Sequim closed to within 10 in the fourth quarter but could get no closer.
Phil Scrubb led all scorers with 15 points and Jimmy Bonner added a dozen. Sam Williams chipped in with 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Textor led Sequim with 14 points and four assists while Michael Dunning added 11 points. Frank Catelli had nine points - all coming in the third quarter - and a team-high five rebounds.
League play starts this week
Sequim was slated to host the Kingston Buccaneers on Jan. 5 at the Rick Kaps Gym for a key Olympic League 2A match-up - results were unavailable at press time.
The Wolves (3-4) host the 3A North Kitsap Vikings on Jan. 7. The special Thursday night game was bumped from Friday to allow for the high school's Rainshadow wrestling tournament to start Friday evening.
Hill, the Wolves' guard, said he's optimistic for the Wolves' chances going into league play.
"I think they'll go good as long as we play smart," he said. "We're figuring out how to play with each other a lot better now."