Sequim’s Isaiah Moore brings the ball upcourt in the second half of the Wolves’ 72-49 loss to Central Kitsap on June 2. Defending on the play are Darnell Green, left, and Jo Jo Johnson. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Isaiah Moore brings the ball upcourt in the second half of the Wolves’ 72-49 loss to Central Kitsap on June 2. Defending on the play are Darnell Green, left, and Jo Jo Johnson. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Boys basketball: Riders prevail in postseason match-up

Sequim ran into a familiar foe on Saturday in the start of postseason play, keeping the final score much closer then a previous match-up in a loss at Port Angeles.

A loss to Bremerton two days later ended the season for the Wolves, who finished the 2021 campaign 3-9.

A scrappy effort by eighth-seeded Sequim in a 55-35 Olympic League boys basketball tournament loss to top-seed Port Angeles on June 5 had Wolves coach Greg Glasser encouraged and Roughriders’ coach Kasey Ulin disappointed.

“I’ll give Sequim a lot of credit, they played harder than us, they competed a little better,” Ulin said. “They did a really good job.”

Glasser was happier with his team’s effort compared with their first outing against their rivals, a 62-22 loss early in the season.

“They come at you and they keep coming at you for a full 32 minutes,” Glasser said of Port Angeles. “And you hope it’s a stopped clock. Last time the clock was running in the third quarter (a running clock is triggered by a 40-point lead), so I’m proud of our guys.”

“We battled, too. We answered the call. Last time we played them we got punched in the face and I’m not sure we’ve ever came out of the corner. But this time we went the full 15 rounds. We’ve had games where we’ve trailed by 12 or 14 at halftime and it spirals in the second half, and today we kept fighting until the end.”

The Wolves went toe-to-toe with Port Angeles in the early going, leading 10-9 late in the first quarter. But the Riders seized control of the lead and the game for good with a 14-0 run that started late in the opening frame and continued through much of the second quarter.

Xander Maestas had seven of his 13 points in the second quarter to spark Port Angeles.

“Xander’s effort stuck out to me individually,” Ulin said. “That kid plays his heart out every single night. You don’t want to take him for granted because of how natural that is for him.”

Up 27-12 at halftime, Port Angeles forced three Sequim turnovers to open the second half and pushed its lead to 20 after three quarters.

Wyatt Dunning scored nine of his game-high 19 points in the third for the Riders.

“He’s a guy that can score a few buckets in a row. He’s got that spurtability where he can rattle off eight or nine points at a stretch,” Ulin said.

John Vaara had six points and Adam Watkins seven, including a fourth-quarter 3, for Port Angeles.

“I thought our bigs were really solid, John and Adam were active inside and did some things for us,” Ulin said. “John was a presence, commanded the ball and defensively we were able to get some stops together. It’s amazing how many different shots he alters. He’s averaging like 3.5 blocks per game but he alters probably 10 other shots a game. Unfortunately, we didn’t do a great job of defensive rebounding so we gave them a lot of extra looks.”

Sequim was led by senior Erik Christiansen’s 18 points. Sophomore Isaiah Moore added 13.

Sequim then fell 79-61 to Bremerton on June 7; details were not available at press time.

Wolves fall to Cougars

Sequim fell at home to Class 3A Central Kitsap 72-49 in an Olympic League boys basketball contest on June 2.

The Wolves struggled to score from the outset against the Cougars, falling behind 33-19 at the break.

Moore scored 16 of his team-high 19 points after the halftime break. He added a team-high eight rebounds.

Christiansen had 10 of his 14 points come in the second half for the Wolves.

Left: Sequim’s Cole Smithson, right, looks to drive past Central Kitsap’s Maurice Green in the Wolves’ 72-49 loss to Central Kitsap on June 2. Above: Sequim guard Erik Christiansen drives past Maurice Green to the basket for a score. Sequim Gazette photos by Michael Dashiell

Left: Sequim’s Cole Smithson, right, looks to drive past Central Kitsap’s Maurice Green in the Wolves’ 72-49 loss to Central Kitsap on June 2. Above: Sequim guard Erik Christiansen drives past Maurice Green to the basket for a score. Sequim Gazette photos by Michael Dashiell

Sequim guard Erik Christiansen looks for a teammate as he brings the ball upcourt in the Wolves’ loss to class 3A Central Kitsap on June 2. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim guard Erik Christiansen looks for a teammate as he brings the ball upcourt in the Wolves’ loss to class 3A Central Kitsap on June 2. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Isaiah Moore puts up a shot as Central Kitsap’s Ian Massey and Maurice Green defend in the Wolves’ 72-49 loss to Central Kitsap on June 2. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Isaiah Moore puts up a shot as Central Kitsap’s Ian Massey and Maurice Green defend in the Wolves’ 72-49 loss to Central Kitsap on June 2. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim guard Erik Christiansen drives past Maurice Green to the basket for a score in the Wolves’ 72-49 loss to Central Kitsap on June 2. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim guard Erik Christiansen drives past Maurice Green to the basket for a score in the Wolves’ 72-49 loss to Central Kitsap on June 2. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Tyler Mooney, center, wrestles an offensive rebound away from Central Kitsap Cougars in the Wolves’ 72-49 loss on June 2. Defending the play are Zavion Stringer, left, and Jo Jo Johnson. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Tyler Mooney, center, wrestles an offensive rebound away from Central Kitsap Cougars in the Wolves’ 72-49 loss on June 2. Defending the play are Zavion Stringer, left, and Jo Jo Johnson. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Sequim's Jayden Possin, left, looks for a way around Port Angeles' Dru Clark on Saturday night in Port Angeles.

Sequim’s Tyler Mooney, center, wrestles an offensive rebound away from Central Kitsap Cougars in the Wolves’ 72-49 loss on June 2. Defending the play are Zavion Stringer, left, and Jo Jo Johnson. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

More in Sports

Sports briefs — June 16, 2021

Wolves named to all-league lists Four Sequim High girls basketball players were… Continue reading

tsr
Riders top Wolves for league title

The Port Angeles girls basketball team’s quest for a perfect season was… Continue reading

Bowling: Wolves place fourth at league finals

Sequim sophomore Anastasia Updike placed sixth and junior teammate Madison McKeown was… Continue reading

Community scoreboard — June 16, 2021

Golf Sunland Golf Club • Friday Fairways, Blind Six Holes, May 28… Continue reading

tsr
NODM runners thrilled to be competing again

The rain (mostly) held off and runners — most of whom were… Continue reading

Sequim freshman Garrett Little, pictured here returning a shot against a North Mason foe on May 10, took the Olympic League title last week, going 4-0 in the tourney and 13-0 for the season. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell
Boys tennis: Little comes up big at league tourney, takes title

First-year player? No problem. Sequim High Garrett Little dominated during the regular… Continue reading

tsr
Wrestling: Wolves tussle with Spartans, Cougars

Sequim’s wrestling squad saw some tough competition from class 3A visitors from… Continue reading

tsr
Gymnastics: Combined prep squad wins two of three meets

A combined squad of gymnasts from Sequim, Port Angeles and Crecent made… Continue reading

tsr
Girls basketball: Wolves’ win streak sets up title tilt with PA

The one team that gave powerhouse Port Angeles a scare this season… Continue reading

Most Read