In the fall, Archbishop Murphy made headlines by dominating all foes on the football field — some of them forfeiting what would be lopsided results — en route to a Class 2A title.
Turns out their basketball team isn’t too shabby, either.
The Wildcats from Everett raced to a 27-14 lead after one quarter and hardly let up in an 85-41 win against Sequim at the Holiday Hoops on the Hill Tournament at The Northwest School in Seattle on Dec. 28.
Abe Lucas, a 6-foot 8-inch center, shot 12-of-14 from the field for a game-high 25 points and led all rebounders with nine to lead Archbishop to the win.
The Wildcats shot just under 56 percent from the field, garnered 15 offensive rebounds and forced 18 Sequim turnovers.
Payton Glasser led the Wolves with 15 points, knocking down three 3-pointers. Nate Despain had eight points. He and Riley Cowan and Kyler Rollness had two assists each. Keeshawn Whitney had a pair of blocks and Cameron Welcher added seven points.
Sequim (2-7) rebounded with a 74-55 win over Tenino on Dec. 29. Payton Glasser had 27 points, Rollness had 14 and Cowan and Whitney had eight points each. Cole Williams chipped in with five.
Sequim led 23-13 after one quarter and held on to much of that lead the rest of the game.
Riley Wright led Tenino with 16.
“It’s a great experience for our kids; they get to hang out together,” Sequim head coach Greg Glasser said, noting the Wolves took in a Seattle U. game versus UC-Davis at Seattle’s Key Arena on Dec. 28.
“One of the benefits of this (tournament) is that coach (Phil) Langston and myself get to reflect — we’re constantly reflecting on what to do to better prepare them.”
That means practice, practice, practice: Despite the winter break, Sequim boys were set to practice Dec. 30, 31 and Jan. 2.
Sequim was scheduled to host rival Port Angeles on Jan. 3.
“That’s a big game; we need to get on the board,” Glasser said.
The Wolves are at Neah Bay on Jan. 4, North Mason on Jan. 6 and Coupeville on Jan. 10 before their next home game, a Jan. 13 matchup with Bremerton. Sequim lost 53-46 to Bremerton on Dec. 7.