Sequim’s Isaiah Moore, center, puts up a shot over the Port Angeles defense in the Wolves’ 57-32 loss on Feb. 6. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Isaiah Moore, center, puts up a shot over the Port Angeles defense in the Wolves’ 57-32 loss on Feb. 6. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Boys basketball: Losing streak knocks Sequim out of playoff hunt

Three straight losses to finish the season leaves Wolves out of district playoffs

The Sequim Wolves won’t be heading to the West Central District 3 playoffs after losing their final three games of the season — including a tiebreaker against Olympic.

The Trojans earned the last playoff spot from the Olympic League with a 59-47 win over the Wolves in Port Townsend on Feb. 8.

The Trojans got off to a fast start Saturday, using their athleticism to put Sequim on its heels early, dominating the early moments of possession. The Wolves weren’t able to get the ball on their half of the court for more than a few seconds until almost two minutes into the game, thanks to several Trojan offensive rebounds and steals.

Olympic went on a 9-2 scoring run to open the game, setting a tone that would last for much of the contest. The Wolves struggled all game with the the Trojans’ athleticism and speed, particularly senior forward Malcolm DeWalt, who typified that advantage for his team with a thunderous second-quarter dunk off a long inbounds pass over an attempted Sequim full-court press.

“Their length and physicality really hurt us,” Sequim head coach Greg Glasser said. “We can’t get our guys to grow, but we can get them stronger. And hopefully that lights a fire under our guys, because you can’t win many games rebounding like we did tonight.”

DeWalt came up big again in the opening moments of the third quarter, getting an easy offensive rebound and laying it up unchallenged.

The senior went on to score 14 of his game-high 20 points on the night in the second half, serving as a major spark to put the Wolves away.

“Malcolm is just such a great athlete,” Glasser added. “And honestly, it’s maybe a little scary to have him coming at you 40 miles per hour. I mean who wants to take that charge? But that’s what we had to do, get in front of him.”

The Wolves managed to pull closer in the fourth quarter; a Dallin Despain free throw made it 51-44 with a little more than four minutes to go. Sequim, however, struggled to make defensive stops to keep their momentum going, getting outscored 8-3 in the final few minutes of the game — a stretch that saw forward Isaiah Moore fouling out of the game.

Struggling down the stretch

SHS’s tiebreaker defeat was preceded by a pair of losses, one to the Port Angeles Roughriders on Feb. 6 and another to Olympic on Feb. 4.

Against the Riders, the Wolves again struggled to get early momentum in their 57-32 loss, falling behind 9-3 early and trailing 20-10 early in the second quarter after junior PA guard Dru Clark hit his third 3-pointer of the first half. Clark would go on to hit five triples in total, scoring a game-high 15 points.

The Wolves played strong basketball in the second and third quarters, claiming a brief lead at 23-22 and then tied the game again at 29 late in the third quarter. Another 3-pointer from Clark, however, gave Port Angeles a 32-29 lead going into the fourth quarter.

That gave PA some much-needed momentum going into the final stretch of the game, exploding for 25 points in the last eight minutes of the game while giving up just three.

The Riders hit six 3-pointers in the final quarter, including five from seniors playing their last regular season home game.

“Our guys battled, and even when we got down early we hung around,” Glasser said. “We kept it within reach, where we wanted it. Being down three after three (quarters) was a good place to be.

“They have a lot of guys who can step up and hit threes. Tonight it was Dru’s night. We didn’t recognize it early enough, we lost guys in transition, and that led to open threes.”

The story against Olympic earlier in the week was similar to what happened in their tiebreaker, falling 58-41 on the road in a game that would have cemented a district playoff spot for Sequim had the Wolves won.

Sequim struggled with turnovers in that game as well, giving up too many transition and second chance points. Each time they tried to close the gap, the Trojans had an answer to stop a scoring run, and in the end the Wolves just couldn’t pull off a comeback.

Final Olympic League standings

Team Lg. Over.

North Kitsap 11-1 18-2

Port Angeles 10-2 15-5

Bremerton 7-5 13-7

Olympic 6-6* 9-12

Sequim 6-6 11-10

North Mason 1-11 4-16

Kingston 1-11 3-17

* — Olympic wins fourth playoff seed with tiebreaker win

Sequim’s Isaiah Moore, center, drives past the Port Angeles defense — including Roughriders Anton Kathol (23) and Brady Nickerson(3) — in the Wolves’ 57-32 loss on Feb. 6. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Isaiah Moore, center, drives past the Port Angeles defense — including Roughriders Anton Kathol (23) and Brady Nickerson(3) — in the Wolves’ 57-32 loss on Feb. 6. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim guard Dallin Despain, right, puts a shot up in the lane over Port Angeles’ Dru Clark in the Wolves’ Feb. 6 road match-up on Feb. 6. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim guard Dallin Despain, right, puts a shot up in the lane over Port Angeles’ Dru Clark in the Wolves’ Feb. 6 road match-up on Feb. 6. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim forward Hayden Eaton (50) sees his shot blocked by Port Angeles’ Derek Bowechop in a Feb. 6 Olympic League match-up between the rival schools. Port Angeles won, 57-32. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim forward Hayden Eaton (50) sees his shot blocked by Port Angeles’ Derek Bowechop in a Feb. 6 Olympic League match-up between the rival schools. Port Angeles won, 57-32. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Dallin Despain (0) fights to win a loose ball with Olympic Trojans forward Malcolm DeWalt in the second quarter of the Wolves’ 59-47 loss to the Trojans in an Olympic League tiebreaker game on Feb. 8 that sent the Trojans to the district playoffs. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Sequim’s Dallin Despain (0) fights to win a loose ball with Olympic Trojans forward Malcolm DeWalt in the second quarter of the Wolves’ 59-47 loss to the Trojans in an Olympic League tiebreaker game on Feb. 8 that sent the Trojans to the district playoffs. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Olympic Trojans forward Malcolm DeWalt (4) goes up for a layup over Sequim’s Riley Chen (right) in an Olympic League tiebreaker on Feb. 8. The Wolves lost the game 59-47 in part because of struggling to contain DeWalt, and the Trojans are headed to the district playoffs. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Olympic Trojans forward Malcolm DeWalt (4) goes up for a layup over Sequim’s Riley Chen (right) in an Olympic League tiebreaker on Feb. 8. The Wolves lost the game 59-47 in part because of struggling to contain DeWalt, and the Trojans are headed to the district playoffs. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Wolves guard Erik Christiansen (center) drives towards the rim during the first quarter of Sequim’s 59-47 loss to the Olympic Trojans in an Olympic League tiebreaker game on Feb. 8 that meant the Trojans qualified for the district playoffs. Chrisiansen led the Wolves with 12 points. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Wolves guard Erik Christiansen (center) drives towards the rim during the first quarter of Sequim’s 59-47 loss to the Olympic Trojans in an Olympic League tiebreaker game on Feb. 8 that meant the Trojans qualified for the district playoffs. Chrisiansen led the Wolves with 12 points. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Olympic Trojans guard Tyler Lindal (left) jumps past Sequim Wolves guard Dallin Despain (0) in the second quarter of the Trojans’ 59-47 win over the Wolves in an Olympic League tiebreaker game on Feb. 8 that sent the Trojans to the district playoffs. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Olympic Trojans guard Tyler Lindal (left) jumps past Sequim Wolves guard Dallin Despain (0) in the second quarter of the Trojans’ 59-47 win over the Wolves in an Olympic League tiebreaker game on Feb. 8 that sent the Trojans to the district playoffs. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

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