Sequim senior Jayson Brocklesby’s pre-game ritual sees him take a high-flying "leapfrog" over a teammate.
Good thing for the Wolves that his energy doesn’t end there.
On Friday night, the Sequim senior and his Sequim teammates outplayed their counterparts from Port Angeles by leaps and bounds in a dominating 85-70 Olympic League victory.
Brocklesby scored 17 of his game-high 35 points in a decisive third quarter to hand the Riders another in a long string of defeats and vault the Wolves back into contention for first place in league.
"He gives us a lot of energy," Sequim coach Greg Glasser said of Brocklesby, "but it wasn’t a selfish 35. These guys got it for him."
While Brocklesby was attacking the rim at will, a high tempo attack led by Gabe Carter and Anthony Pinza overcame a winless but scrappy Port Angeles squad. Carter finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, Pinza added six points and six rebounds and Alex Barry and Rory Kallappa chipped on eight points each.
"This was a big win for us," said Sequim post Andrew Shimer. "Every single game we’re getting better and better."
On paper, Sequim looked to dominate this matchup — and early on they did, thanks to a big start. With a pair of crowd pleasing dunks, the 6-foot 2-inch Brocklesby spurred a 25-15 first quarter Sequim run, scoring 13 points on his own.
"(Our goal was) to get their main shooters out of the game and push the ball," Brocklesby said. The advantage increased to 14 points (44-30) by halftime.
Port Angeles’ Hayden Gunderson, however, wouldn’t let the Riders be completely outgunned. His sharpshooting and Garrett Peyton’s work on the offensive glass closed Sequim’s lead to nine points (52-43) halfway through the third quarter and a technical foul on Sequim seemed to push the momentum to the visiting Riders. Brocklesby had the answer, though, slashing to the hoop for baskets; he scored the Wolves’ next nine points.
In the span of six minutes, the Wolves built a 26-point lead that the Riders depleted only in the waning moments.
Gunderson finished with a team-high 25 points. Caleb Trieder had 18 points and Peyton added 14.
Pinza, a 5-foot 8-inch guard, said a key to stopping Port Angeles was rebounding.
"It was important not allowing them to get more shots," he said.
Meanwhile, Sequim’s inside-out approach opened opportunities for shooters Carter and Barry.
"We get a lot of open looks," Pinza said.
Carter sank three 3-pointers while Brocklesby had a pair and Barry had one.
"They’re like fire and ice," Glasser said of Carter and Brocklesby. "They move the ball so well inside and out."
Sequim plays three games at the Foothill Holiday Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 2-3.
Sequim shot 34-of-66 from the floor (52 percent), including 28-of-51 (55 percent) from inside the 3-point arc …
The 85-point output tied for the third-highest scoring output for the Wolves in the past decade. Sequim had an 88-point outburst against Bremerton on Feb. 4 of last season and scored 87 points against Chimacum in the 2004-2005 season. Sequim has broken the 100-point barrier once, topping Port Townsend 101-71 in the 2000-2001 campaign …
Brocklesby’s 35 points was the highest single-game effort from a Sequim player since James McCutcheon put 36 points on Port Townsend in the 2000-2001 season …
Brocklesby’s point total is tied for sixth all-time on the SHS individual single-game scoring mark. Chad Jacobs holds the record with 41 points against North Kitsap in 1997-1998 …
Brocklesby said his pre-game leapfrog ritual was taken from Port Angeles’ Cameron Braithwaite, a 2012 Roughrider grad.