That first one, Sequim forward Clancy Catelli says, was going in for sure.
But the second?
“I was praying.”
That prayer was answered as Catelli’s second three-pointer in the final minute gave Sequim an improbable 58-57 home win against North Kitsap on Jan. 7.
The victory keeps Sequim in the hunt for a top district playoff seed come February and helped the Wolves shrug off a tough overtime loss to Kingston earlier in the week.
Battling back and forth, neither Sequim nor North Kitsap were able to pull away in the final minutes. Sequim held a four-point lead until the Vikings, behind key offensive rebounds from David Stock and Brandyn Winkley, put together a fourth-quarter run and took a five-point lead with less than a minute left.
That’s when Catelli went to work. The 6-foot 1-inch senior got the ball on the right wing with 45 seconds left and drilled his first three-point try of the contest.
The Wolves then fouled Winkley, who missed both free throw tries. Inexplicably, the Vikings moved their defenders off the line to defend the hoop, giving Sequim point guard Corbin Webb an uncontested path upcourt.
“We just wanted to push and get something quickly,” Sequim coach Greg Glasser said. “Sometimes the best offense is not to think too much.” Catelli admitted he was trying to set a screen for teammate Nick Camporini but when he found himself open on the left wing, Webb spotted Catelli and made the pass. The senior drilled the triple with 3.8 seconds left on the game clock.
North Kitsap was unable to get a shot off.
“Those (failed) box-outs definitely hurt,” Webb said, “but Clancy made up for it.”
John Textor led the Wolves with 15 points, five assists and five steals while Catelli added 13 points and seven rebounds. Webb chipped in with 10 points, including a couple of critical fourth-quarter baskets.
Berkley Nilles led North Kitsap with 16 points.
The win leaves Sequim just a half game behind Kingston for the Olympic League’s No. 1 seed to the 2A district tournament.
“We needed this one,” Catelli said.
“With the way things are shaking out,” Glasser said, “We’re not out of (the top spot) for sure.”
The Wolves were scheduled to host league-leading Bremerton on Jan. 12 — results were unavailable at press time. Sequim begins the first of eight consecutive away games when the Wolves take on Olympic in Silverdale on Jan. 15.
Future games include at Klahowya on Jan. 19, at Bremerton on Jan. 22 and at Port Townsend on Jan. 26.
A Wolves’ road game at Washougal that was slated for Dec. 12 but was canceled (bad weather) has been rescheduled for Jan. 30; game time is 3 p.m.
Wolves lose heartbreaker in overtime This time, Sequim and Kingston were on opposite ends of heartburn.
After taking down the Buccaneers in a five-point thriller last season, the Wolves saw one opportunity after another pass them by in a 46-42, overtime loss to Kingston on Jan. 5.
Zane Ravenholt led the Bucs with 17 points while George Hill added 12 points, all on three-point bombs, to give Kingston the crucial Olympic League win.
Clancy Catelli, Frank Catelli, Textor and Webb had eight points each for the Wolves.
With the score tied at 40-40, Hill moved around a screen and found himself open on the left baseline for a three-pointer and nailed it.
Clancy Catelli drove in for a lay-up to close the score to 43-42, but the Wolves couldn’t convert again in the overtime. Ravenholt cinched the game with a key free throw in the waning moments.
Sequim was 1-of-6 from the field and had two turnovers in the extra frame.
Clancy Catelli and Textor kept the Wolves alive in regulation, with Textor stripping the ball from Kingston’s Aaron Lawrence and finding his teammate for a lay-up with just 34 seconds left on the clock.
It was the first time the score had been tied since the game’s inception; Sequim never led at any point.
The Wolves shot less than 30 percent from the field and just 3-of-8 from the free throw line, helping the Bucs take a 14-3 lead early on. Kingston led 24-18 at halftime and 33-27 after three quarters before the Wolves made a comeback.
Sequim’s Jeremie Oliver was held scoreless but had nine rebounds and two assists. Textor and Clancy Catelli each had seven rebounds, two blocks and three steals.
Ravenholt had a solid all-around game for the third-year Buccaneers. He had six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a pair of blocks to go along with his 17 points.
Reach Michael Dashiell at firstname.lastname@example.org.