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