One team came in smarting from a loss and seeking some revenge on its home court.
The other team was playing its fourth game in five days.
In a reversal of their disappointing loss to Kingston the night before, Sequim’s Wolves seemed to hit anything and everything they put up Saturday night in an 88-52 win against Bremerton.
“We didn’t just throw the first punch; we threw the first four punches,” Sequim guard Evan Hill said.
Jayson Brocklesby was 11-for-11 from the field, mostly on put-backs at or near the rim, and finished with 24 points to lead Sequim.
But it was truly a team effort, as Sequim rocked the Knights’ defense for the game’s first 11 points, a 24-6 advantage after one quarter and 48-25 halftime advantage.
After that, it was icing on the proverbial cake.
“We did exactly what we needed to do,” Sequim coach Greg Glasser said. “I was very pleased with how we shared the ball. We were able to get some easy looks … and give some of our stars a break.”
Gabe Carter had 13 points, Corbin Webb had 12 and reserve sophomore Rory Kallappa added 11 points, most of them in Sequim’s 20-point fourth quarter.
“Handling the pressure and playing as a team [were key],” said Sequim’s Tim Guan, who had a pair of key first-half 3-pointers and finished with eight points.
Sequim’s second unit not only kept Sequim’s lead but also helped it grow, thanks to Kallappa and guards Alex Barry and Anthony Pinza.
“I think we just mesh really well,” said Pinza, who finished with seven points after leading Sequim’s reserve unit from the point guard spot.
After suffering a finger injury early in the season — the same time and same injury as Carter — Pinza looks at full strength.
“We worked out with each other, just trying to stay in shape,” Pinza said.
Deonti Dixon and Mikey Lawrence led Bremerton with 14 points each, but the beleaguered Knights — seeking their fourth win in five days, thanks to make-up dates — seemed a step behind all night.
Sequim’s 88 points were the most by the Wolves in more than a decade; they did score 87 against Chimacum in 2005.
Sequim was scheduled to finish the regular season with a home date against rival Port Angeles on Feb. 7; results were not available at press time. See www.sequimgazette.com for details.
“It’s a huge game, the next closest thing to a league championship,” Glasser said of the match-up.
The winner takes on Clover Park, the South Puget Sound League champ, in a district seeding game on Feb. 10 at Klahowya.
The West Central District tournament starts Feb. 14 with games at Foss and Lakes high schools in Tacoma.
The big effort to knock off the preseason Olympic League favorite never materialized.
Unfortunately, Sam Byers did.
The dynamic Kingston Buccaneer post tallied 20 points and 11 rebounds, and his Bucs earned at least a share of the league crown with a 67-45 win at Sequim on Feb. 3.
KT Deem added 13 points and Connor Wall hit a pair of key 3-pointers off the bench in a decisive third quarter for Kingston.
Webb led the Wolves with 13 points and Brocklesby added nine points and eight rebounds, but Sequim couldn’t get into rhythm on the home court.
“We missed some shots early on,” Glasser said. “Kingston’s a good team. They answered our runs.”
Kingston, which finished third at the class 2A state tournament last season, held Sequim to 16-of-49 shooting (33 percent) and just four-of-20 from the 3-point line.
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