Despite a spectacular game from Port Angeles’ Parker Nickerson, the Sequim boys basketball team gave Port Angeles everything it could handle until near the end of the third quarter at a jam-packed Port Angeles gym on Jan. 10. Then the Roughriders’ Bryant Hoch got hot.
Sequim’s Garrett Little hit a 3-pointer to bring the Wolves to within 51-43, but Hoch answered with a 3-pointer, hit another 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer and added a third trey to open up the fourth quarter in the Roughriders’ 76-49 victory.
The final score was misleading as Sequim stayed within single digits for three-quarters of the game. Each time the Riders went on a little run, Sequim answered with a run of its own to stay in contact. That was, until Hoch’s aerial bombardment.
“We did a lot of really good things,” Sequim coach Craig Brooks said. “We did a great job of drawing charges.” The Wolves drew at least three charging calls, helping to put Port Angeles post player Isaiah Shamp in foul trouble.
Nickerson was a force in the first half, scoring 25 points. He finished with 31 points.
Vince Carrizosa led the Wolves with 13 points. Cole Smithson and Zach Thompson each scored eight.
“Give credit to Sequim, they played hard,” said Port Angeles coach Kasey Ulin. “That first three quarters was a classic Sequim, Port Angeles game. We made a couple more plays at the end.”
Ulin said he thought the Riders’ defense was the difference. Sequim scored 43 points in the first three quarters but only six in the fourth.
SHS falls at Bainbridge
The Wolves fell to 3-5 in Olympic League play — tied for fourth place with Kingston and Olympic — and 5-9 overall following a 58-39 defeat on the road on Jan. 12. Details were not available.
Sequim was scheduled to host Bremerton on Jan. 17; results were not available at press time.
The Wolves are at North Kitsap on Jan. 20 and host North Mason on Jan. 24.