North Mason's sharpshooters blistered the nets all night in a 63-28 rout of Sequim's Wolves in Belfair on Friday, Feb. 12, giving the Bulldogs an inside edge for the No. 2 seed heading into the Olympic League tournament.
Sequim (9-6 in league play, 10-9 overall) needed to win last night's home finale against Olympic and have North Kitsap knock off North Mason to reclaim the No. 2 seed. Results were unavailable at press time.
Either way, the teams get a rematch at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Klahowya Secondary School in Silverdale. The game decides the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds to districts.
Kingston is the league's top 2A 1 seed after clobbering Klahowya 81-47 Friday night.
Led by senior guard Brett Skogstad (a game-high 22 points), the Bulldogs were simply red hot from the field and Sequim couldn't catch up, as the Wolves fell behind by 20 points at halftime.
After four league defeats in a row, North Mason came out firing early, led by Skogstad's 15 first-half points. The Wolves managed just 13 first-half points, struggling to find a rhythm from the field.
North Mason built a 46-16 lead late in the third quarter.
According to KONP News Radio, Sequim's 28 points were the fewest scored in a single game by the Wolves since modern-day record keeping began in the 1975-1976 season. (The previous record for scoring futility was 29, set in a 95-29 walloping by O'Dea in 1997 and a 57-29 loss to Aberdeen in 1995.)
Michael Dunning led
Sequim with 10 points.
shots sink Vikings
The 15 feet from the free throw line to the baseline, where a basketball hoop rises 10 feet from the floor, can at times seem like the longest distance in the world.
For the Wolves last week, it was the shortest distance to climbing back into title contention.
After struggling with free throws much of the season, Sequim players sank 13 of 19 free throws and completed a fourth-quarter, come-from-behind 51-48 win at North Kitsap on Feb. 9.
After clutch, last-second shots from John Textor and Clancy Catelli helped Sequim win thrillers earlier this season, it was Jeremie Oliver's turn against the Vikings as he scored Sequim's last six points by converting three consecutive one-and-one free throw tries.
He was nine-of-10 overall and scored 15 points, while Textor scored 12 of his game-high 17 points in the second half.
After a nip-and-tuck start that had North Kitsap gain a 15-12 lead at the first-quarter break, the Vikings pushed ahead to a nine-point advantage 22-13 with four minutes left in the opening half.
A 7-0 Wolf run, however, closed the gap before halftime.
Still, the host Vikings led 36-31 going into the fourth quarter when Sequim's defense tightened, and the Wolves took back the lead at 39-38 with 3:37 remaining thanks to a Josh McMinn basket.
A pair of costly Viking turnovers led to consecutive Sequim baskets as the Wolves pulled ahead 45-40 with 60 seconds to go. North's Berkley Nilles hit a three-pointer to trim the lead to two, but Oliver hit his freebies. When Viking Jordan Seth hit a basket, Oliver again pushed the Wolves ahead.
North's Austin Abrahamsen sank a three-pointer with eight seconds left, setting up Oliver's final free throw daggers.
Nilles and Abrahamsen led the Vikings with 11 points each.
(as of Feb. 15)
Team Lg. Over.
Bremerton* 13-2 13-4
Kingston** 10-5 13-6
North Mason 9-6 12-7
Sequim 9-6 10-9
Pt. Angeles 8-7 9-9
Olympic 7-8 8-10
Pt. Townsend 6-10 8-11
North Kitsap 5-10 6-13
Klahowya 1-14 3-14
* - Olympic League champion
** - Olympic League 2A champ
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