Chilly temperatures outside? Sure. But the action inside the gyms, quite the opposite.
Sequim’s prep basketball squads each earned splits in their winter break mini-tournaments.
Sequim’s boys rebounded from a defeat to Lynden Christian on Dec. 28 with a 55-52 win against Sehome the following day.
Sequim’s girls dropped a 60-34 decision to Bishop Blanchet on Dec. 27 before knocking off Tyee on Dec. 28.
Sequim’s Wolves went head-to-head with Lynden Christian and came up short. Not hard to do when the Lyncs have the agile, dexterous Isaac Reimer, a 6-foot 7-inch post who tallied 21 points and 17 rebounds in LC’s 68-52 victory on their home court.
“I think we defended him in the first half (but) he killed us in two areas: he rebounded the ball really well and defended extremely well,” Sequim coach Greg Glasser said.
“Defensively he really hurt us. (Sequim guard) Corbin Webb finishes really well and (Reimer) made it tough for him.”
Reimer also finished 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
Webb still managed to score 17 points, tied with teammate Gabe Carter, who had missed the previous seven games to a finger injury.
Tim Guan added 10 points. Evan Hill added three steals and four assists.
The Wolves held a 24-23 lead at halftime but, got outscored 45-28 in the second half after Lynden Christian secured 13 offensive boards in the third and fourth quarters.
“We really lacked our normal intensity during that first half,” Reimer told the Bellingham Herald. The Lync post scored 10 points in a decisive third quarter.
“The first game got a little out of hand,” Glasser said.
Sequim responded with a win against a strong Sehome team, led by Carter (13 points, 15 rebounds) and Jayson Brocklesby (16 points, five rebounds, three steals).
“They come out with a lot of pressure,” Glasser said of Sehome. “They brought full court pressure. They look for as many opportunities to trap you as possible. We had some trouble with that. In the same vein, we were able to attack their pressure and get some baskets down low.”
Sequim jumped out to a 26-22 lead by halftime and a 44-34 lead before Sehome cut the lead late.
That’s when Brocklesby came up with a pair of critical steals to seal the win.
Sehome was coming off a slim victory against Class 4A Edmonds-Woodway the previous night. Noah Cyr-Moore led the Mariners with 10 points.
“I thought Sequim brought a lot of energy and they just about beat us in every facet of the game,” Sehome coach A.J. LaBree told the Bellingham Herald.
Sequim’s Brocklesby, Carter and Webb had four assists each. Carter sank four 3-pointers in six tries.
“We wanted to go up there and show we can compete with the schools from Whatcom County,” Glasser said. “I think we did that. It also prepared us and forced us to come out and prepare for two games.”
Sequim also saw the return of Carter and Anthony Pinza, both of whom missed nearly four weeks of play.
“They looked good,” Glasser said. “Gabe played a little more than we expected. He was able to maintain a lot of his conditioning. He came in and shot the ball real well.”
The Sequim coach hoped the non-league games help Sequim be prepared for Olympic League play, which began last night (Jan. 3).
Sequim’s boys (5-1 in league, 8-2 overall) were slated to play at Kingston while the Sequim girls (1-5, 2-7) were to host the Bucs — results of both games were unavailable at press time.
Sequim’s boys are at Olympic on Jan. 6 and at Port Townsend on Jan. 10 before hosting Port Angeles’ Roughriders on Jan. 13.
Sequim’s girls have the same schedule, only they host Olympic and Port Townsend before joining the boys in hosting P.A.