Sequim's Wolves, the recipients of some fortunate bounces this season, saw much of that dissipate in the waning moments Friday night against Kingston's Buccaneers, a team they're chasing for the top Olympic League seed.
After a strong first quarter,
Sequim dug a hole it couldn't back out of in a 60-57 loss at Kingston, putting the Wolves two full games behind the Buccaneers and North Mason for the coveted 2A crown.
Sequim jumped out to a 12-5 lead after one quarter but Kingston used a 20-5 run in the second quarter to build a lead and hang on, despite a 40-point effort from Sequim in the second half.
"We still had a shot at it in the end," Sequim coach Greg Glasser said. "We got out of the gate pretty well (but) ... we went through another dry spell. That's something we're going to have to fix before the postseason. We need to do a better job of consistently putting the ball in the basket."
Corbin Webb led Sequim with 14 points while Jeremie Oliver chipped in with 11 points and John Textor had 10.
But behind Zane Ravenholts' 20-point effort, 13 points from George Hill and 12 apiece from Ryan and Sam Byers, Kingston made their 25-17 halftime lead stick.
The Wolves (7-5 in Olympic League, 8-8 overall) did rebound from the close loss by topping Washougal 51-48 the next day in a nonleague match-up.
Textor led the Wolves with 16 points and Clancy Catelli added 10 points as
Sequim overcame a seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit.
Sequim was slated to play at rival Port Angeles on Feb. 2 - results were unavailable at press time.
The Wolves are at North Kitsap on Feb. 9 and North Mason on Feb. 12 before hosting Olympic on Feb. 16, the regular season finale.
Sequim plays in the Olympic League tourney on Feb. 19, with the site yet to be determined.
Glasser knows his team will match up with either Kingston or North Mason.
"I think we match up well with either team," he said. "I'm really confident we'll be playing our best ball at the end of the season."
Second string revives Wolves, beats P.T.
A big fourth-quarter rally led by a somewhat unlikely cast led the Wolves to a 45-41 win at Port Townsend on Jan. 26.
Sequim trailed the Redskins by nine points (33-24) going to the final period, but thanks to several of Sequim's key reserves - notably Frank Catelli and Josh McMinn - the Wolves came alive in the final eight minutes by scoring inside, drawing fouls and disrupting the Redskin offense.
"I've always known we are really deep," said Glasser. "I thought about leaving them in for (just) three, four minutes ... but they just kept chipping away at that lead."
Catelli led Sequim with 10 points while McMinn added nine. The duo combined for 11 fourth-quarter points as the Wolves outscored P.T. 21-8 in the fourth.
Trailing 37-34 with three minutes on the clock, Kenny Meier stepped back and sank a huge three-pointer to tie the game. After a Jacob Debeery tip-in gave the Redskins a two-point lead, Sequim's Michael Dunning hit a triple for a 40-39 lead that the Wolves would not relinquish - but not without some suspense.
After a Port Townsend miscue, Frank Catelli - who had missed all but one of nine free throw ties up to that point - split a pair of free throws, putting Sequim up 41-39. Another P.T. miscue gave Sequim the ball with a chance to run out most of the shot clock. Textor got the ball 40 feet from the basket and simply held onto it. With teammates yelling at him to shoot and two seconds on the shot clock, Textor lofted a bomb - and it splashed down for the game-clinching score.
"It was going to be a lay-up," Glasser said. "P.T. is a tough team. They shot the ball well."
Were the Wolves lucky to get a win out of this one?
"Definitely," Glasser said.
Eric Thomas and Evan O'Brien led the Redskins with 15 points each.
Reach Michael Dashiell at firstname.lastname@example.org.