Sequim coach Greg Glasser was expecting a senior-laden squad when he and the Wolves headed back to the gymnasium for the 2020-2021 season. But like nearly everything else in the prep sports world and beyond, COVID changed all that.
With a lineup that features a half-dozen of returnees but a number of key pieces from last season, the Sequim head coach said he’s looking to keep his squad focused on more than wins and losses.
“Make some good memories: I think that’s the number one priority,” Glasser said last week.
“A lot of times being successful (can be seen) on the scoreboard, but getting beetter every day, that’s what I call successful.”
Last year, the Wolves were 6-6 in the Olympic League — tied with Olympic for fourth overall — and finished with an 11-10 mark.
Returning is senior shooting guard Erik Christensen, who was named to the all-Olympic League second team in 2019-2020. He led the team with 16.7 points and added 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals per contest last season.
The only other senior back is post Hayden Eaton, who contributed 5.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Isaiah Moore posted strong numbers as a freshman last season and is back, after tallying 11 points per game (second on the team) and a Wolves-high 7.7 rebounds per contest.
Glasser said he will need others to step up and may have that in a number of players new to the varsity squad, including junior guards Tyler Mooney and Jayden Possin, a junior guard who transferred from the Spokane area.
“Great kid very coachable; (Jayden) wants to get better out there,” Glasser said of Possin.
A key for the Wolves this season, Glasser said will be finding guards who can handle the on-court pressure.
“We’re still trying to find a guy (to be) a vocal leader and back it up with their work ethic,” Glasser said.
“We’ll try to develop our younger kids and also give (the two seniors) a good send-off, too.”
‘Winter’ sports preview: Boys basketball
Head coach: Greg Glasser (14th season)
2019-2020 record: 6-6 in Olympic League (tied for 4th); 11-10 overall
Returners: Erik Christiansen (sr.), Hayden Eaton (sr.), Isaiah Moore (so.), Pryce Glasser (jr.), Kristian Mingoy (jr.), Cole Smithson (so.)
Key newcomers: Tyler Mooney (jr.), Jayden Possin (jr.)
2020/2021 Sequim boys basketball schedule
Date Opponent Location Time/score
May 4 at Olympic 54, Sequim 50 (OT)
May 7 North Kitsap 83, at Sequim 48
May 8 Sequim 46, at North Mason 42
May 10 at Sequim 64, East Jefferson 40
May 12 at Port Angeles 7 p.m.
May 18 vs. Kingston 7 p.m.
May 22 at Klahowya 7 p.m.
May 26 at Bremerton 7 p.m.
June 2 vs. Central Kitsap
June 3 vs. Bainbridge
Wolves rebound from losses, top Bulldogs and Rivals
After opening the season with a pair of losses — one a nail-biter, the other a lopsided affair — Sequim’s boys hoops squad got into the win column with wins over North Mason on May 8 and East Jefferson on May 10.
Erik Christiansen led the Wolves with 16 points while Tyler Mooney had 12 as Sequim won on the road at North Mason Saturday.
SHS coach Greg Glasser said Sequim got up by 20 points at one point, but the Bulldogs rallied in the second half.
“It was one of those games where we had to hold on,” Glasser said. “That’s the kind of team they are. They like to shoot the three. We didn’t do a good job of getting our hands up.”
Glasser said Mooney had a great game coming off the bench.
“He brings instant energy. That was one of his best games I’ve seen him play.”
He said Jayden Possin also had a great game at point guard, making a pair of 3-pointers.
The Wolves added a 64-40 win over the East Jefferson Rivals, a team composed of players from Chimacum and Port Townsend, on Monday night.
Mooney started his first game for the Wolves and led the team with 19 points and six rebounds, while Christiansen scored 17.
Lonnie Kenney led East Jefferson with 16 points. Pryce Glasser added 10 rebounds for Sequim and Isaiah Moore had nine points and seven rebounds.
“That’s a well-coached team. It’s neat to see two rival schools come together,” Glasser said. “We were fortunate to come out with a win. Our defense was the key.”
Michael Petta had seven points for East Jefferson, while 6-foot-4 freshman Keidan Guzman had five points. Glasser called Guzman East Jefferson’s best player and said Mooney did a good job guarding him.
Sequim opened the season with a 54-50 overtime loss to Olympic on May 4.
Christiansen knocked down 16 of his 27 points as Sequim built a 22-7 lead after one quarter, but the Wolves couldn’t keep the advantage.
“Their top guy (Kai Holland) did not play in the first quarter, so that was part of the reason we were able to build an early lead,” Glasser said.
The Wolves went to overtime but were hampered by foul trouble.
“(We were) a little too content shooting the 3 and not getting the ball inside to our bigs, but the main issue was turnovers,” Glasser said. “Their defense and our poor timing, which led to turnovers.”
Moore had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Hayden Eaton led the team with 12 boards. Christiansen added seven rebounds and three steals.
On May 7, North Kitsap spoiled the Wolves’ home-opener with a 83-48 romp.
North Kitsap is the defending 2A state champion and returns several juniors and a couple of seniors from that team.
“They kind of threw a punch at us … and our guys got back up; our guys kept on answering the bell,” Glasser said.
“We have to clean up a whole lot; our passing is not great (and) we have to limit our turnovers. We have to move the ball and trust our teammates.”
Christiansen led the Wolves with 15 points. Eaton, Moore and Pryce Glasser added eight points apiece.
The Wolves are at Port Angeles on May 12 and host Kingston on May 18.
“Even though it’s a five week season, it’s still a long way to go,” Glasser said.