Sequim's Erik Christensen blocks a shot attempt by North Kitsap's Jacob Hill in the Wolves' 72-57 win on Jan. 29. Sequim Gazette by Michael Dashiell
A physical North Kitsap squad came to play Tuesday evening and kept it close with the Olympic League co-leaders.
But in the end, Sequim's seniors — playing their final home game at Rick Kaps gymnasium — were simply too much for the visiting Vikings.
Jayson Brocklesby scored 26 points and fellow senior Gabe Carter had 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as Sequim (12-1 in league, 14-3 overall) stayed in a tie for first place in the Olympic League with a 72-57 win.
Alex Barry and Anthony Pinza added 11 points each, with both scoring key baskets in a fourth-quarter Sequim spurt that held off the upset-minded Vikings (7-6, 8-9).
"NK, you've got to tip your hat to them," Sequim coach Greg Glasser said. "They came to play."
The win cinched a perfect home record (8-0) for the playoff-bound Wolves.
Sequim built a 10-point lead by halftime that ballooned to 17 nearing the end of the third quarter. But the Vikings had an answer in the form of a 12-point run that carried over into the fourth quarter.
Up just 50-45, Sequim went to Barry, a key outside threat, who sank 3-pointers on consecutive possessions. After a Viking turnover, Carter earned a trip to the foul line and hit a free throw. He missed his second try, but Brocklesby rebounded the failed try for a put-back. Just like that, Sequim had a 16-point lead.
Moments later, Pinza hit a 3-pointer that essentially clinched the victory.
Sequim hit 20-of-29 from the free-throw line.
"That was a hard fought, physical game," Glasser said. "They (North Kitsap) have a few football players out there.
"I'm glad with how our guys responded. We were able to answer their runs. The confidence our guys have in each other is great to see."
Riley Lindsey led North Kitsap with 17 points and Kendal Gill added 15 points.
League co-leader Olympic (12-1, 14-3) kept pace with Sequim after they crushed visiting Klahowya 84-39, outscoring the Eagles 49-11 in the second half.
The Trojans are eyeing second-place Bremerton (11-2, 13-4), whom they play Friday evening at home.
Sequim takes on peninsula rival Port Angeles at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31.
Glasser expects another tough league battle.
"Who can control the chaos will win that game," he said.
A key date looms as Sequim plays at Bremerton on Feb. 5. Sequim finishes the regular season at Port Townsend on Feb. 8.