Sequim’s Isaiah Moore shoots a jumper over the Forks defense in a 65-45 win over the visiting Spartans on Dec. 3. 
Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Isaiah Moore shoots a jumper over the Forks defense in a 65-45 win over the visiting Spartans on Dec. 3. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Winter sports preview: SHS boys hoops looks to harness energy for postseason run

Poise: it’s a trait Sequim High coach Greg Glasser said he expects to have to emphasize with this years energetic group of Wolves as they look to improve on last year’s 3-9 season.

“Sometimes we get going a little too quick,” Glasser said with a half-smile, half-grimace after his team’s 20-point win over Forks in Sequim’s season-opener on Dec. 3.

“I like the effort out there; both teams had a lot of energy,” he said. “We have to learn to be a little calmer.”

In the offseason, Sequim lost all-league sharpshooter Erik Christensen and athletic big man Hayden Eaton but return the rest of the pieces of a team that struggled early on in last yea’rs COVID -shortened season but showed marked improvements in the second half.

“These guys have a lot of experience,” Glasser said.

Looking to match up with opposing big men is returning 6-5 junior Cole Smithson and newcomer Lars Wiker, a 6-3 sophomore. Senior Pryce Glasser, a 6-4 post, is dealing with an injury from the football season and may not be back in full until January, his coach-father noted.

Pacing the offense is versatile, 6-foot 4-inch junior guard Isaiah Moore, while guard Tyler Mooney plays bigger than his listed 5-10 frame as he finds ways to score inside. Quarterbacking the offense is returning senior point guard Jayden Possin.

Glasser, now in his 15th season, said the Wolves will get a boost from others in the lineup such as senior Kristian Mingoy, a ball-hawking 5-7 guard, and 6-2 freshman guard Charlie Grider.

While Wolves fans may see plenty of long-range shots from the SHS junior varsity squad, Glasser said it’ll be more of a mix from his varsity crew.

“The 3-point shooters are the youth of our program,” he said, noting sophomore Garrett Little’s barrage of triples against Forks last week. “I like (our offense) to work inside out.”

While the upper echelon of the Olympic League may rest in familiar hands — North Kitsap is the defending state 2A champion (2019-2020) and went 14-2 last season, while Port Angeles went 12-3 — Glasser said he has hopes Sequim can battle for a third or fourth seed to districts.

It shouldn’t take too long to find out, he noted: last year’s 2020-2021 “COVID season” got bumped into May, which ran right into summer league ball, and so many hoop players have been on the hardcourt for most of the past six months.

Wolves win opener at home

The Sequim boys basketball team got off to a hot start and got 21 points from Tyler Mooney in a 65-45 season-opening win on Dec. 3 over Forks.

The Wolves were up 36-20 at the half against the Spartans. Forks rallied in the second half, but Sequim’s lead was too big to overcome.

“I was pretty happy with the overall performance of the team,” said Sequim coach Greg Glasser. “Although at times it was pretty obvious that it was our first game of the year.”

In addition to Mooney’s big game, Jaydin Possin had 11 points for the Wolves while Cole Smithson had 10.

“I thought our bigs did a great job,” Glasser said.

Sequim fell the following day, 62-50, at Fife. The Wolves were within a point (39-38) before the Trojans pulled away. Keenan Green led the team with 20 points while Mooney had 12.

The Wolves (1-1) were scheduled to play at Bainbridge on Dec. 9. They host Bremerton on Dec. 9 before a pair of away games early next week: Dec. 13 at Central Kitsap and Dec. 14 at North Kitsap.

Winter sports preview: SHS boys basketball

Head coach: Greg Glasser (15th season)

2020-2021 results: 3-9; 0-2 in postseason

Returning players: Isaiah Moore (jr.), Pryce Glasser (sr.), Kristian Mingoy (sr.), Cole Smithson (jr.), Tyler Mooney (sr.), Jayden Possin (sr.)

Newcomers: Duke Anderson (sr.), Adrian Brown (sr.), Keenan Green (so.), Charlie Grider (fr.), Zach Thompson (jr.), Lars Wiker (so.)

Sequim High boys basketball 2021-2022 schedule

Date Opponent Varsity JV

Dec. 3 Forks 7 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Dec. 4 at Fife 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 7 at Bainbridge 7 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Dec. 9 Bremerton 7 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Dec. 13 at Central Kitsap 7 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Dec. 14 at North Kitsap 7 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Dec. 16 North Mason 7 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 6 Olympic 7 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 8 at Kingston 5 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

Jan. 11 at Port Angeles 7 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 13 Bainbridge 7 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 14 Crosspoint Academy 7 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 20 North Kitsap 7 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 22 at Bremerton 5 p.m. 3 p.m.

Jan. 25 at North Mason 7 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 27 Kingston 7 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 28 at Klahowya 5:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 29 at Olympic 4 p.m. 2:15 p.m.

Feb. 3 Port Angeles 7 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Sequim senior Tyler Mooney passes to a teammate in the Wolves’ 65-45 win over Forks on Dec. 3 to open the 2021-2022 season. Mooney had a game-high 21 points. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim senior Tyler Mooney passes to a teammate in the Wolves’ 65-45 win over Forks on Dec. 3 to open the 2021-2022 season. Mooney had a game-high 21 points. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim senior guard Jayden Possin, left, tries to sprint past Forks’ Logan Olson in the Wolves’ 65-45 win on Dec. 3. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim senior guard Jayden Possin, left, tries to sprint past Forks’ Logan Olson in the Wolves’ 65-45 win on Dec. 3. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

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