Despite a pair of losses at the West Central District seeding tournament in Silverdale last week, Sequim’s boys have a shot to qualify for the regional round of the class 2A state tourney.
The Wolves (15-7) dropped a 66-55 decision to defending state 2A champion Clover Park on Feb. 10, then fell to Olympic League champ Kingston 69-56 on Feb. 11.
The defeats drop Sequim to the No. 4 seed heading into the West Central District tourney. Sequim will take on either White River or Renton at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Lakes High School in Lakewood.
(Fifth-seeded White River and No. 12 seed Renton were scheduled to play Feb. 14).The winner of that game earns at least a No. 5 seed to the state tourney regional round, while the losing squad needs three consecutive district tourney wins to advance.
And the kid is just a sophomore?
Scoring phenom Ahmaad Rorie scored 27 points to lead Clover Park to a 66-55 win Friday night at Klahowya Secondary School in Silverdale.
The Warriors pushed a lead of 19 points in the second half before Sequim closed to just under double digits in the closing moments.
“(Rorie) is a pretty special talent — probably one of the best guard I’ve seen in a long time in high school,” Sequim coach Greg Glasser said. “I was really happy with the way our kids competed for 32 minutes.”
Clover Park jumped out to a 16-9 lead after eight minutes and 37-24 lead by halftime.
“They pressured us (in the) half court a little bit, turned us over early,” Glasser said. “We turned some of those into some good shots (but) I think we were a little anxious.”
Jayson Brocklesby led Sequim with 18 points, Corbin Webb had 17 and Gabe Carter chipped in with 13 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
With the Olympic League’s top two seeds losing Friday night, the Wolves found themselves matched up with Kingston for the third time this season.
And for a third time, Kingston had Sequim’s number.
Sam Byers scored a game-high 18 points and K.T. Deam had 14 as four Buccaneers reached double digits in scoring, leading to a 69-56 Bucs victory Saturday afternoon.
Kingston held a modest 37-33 lead before a 14-0 run in the third quarter cinched the game.
“There’s something about Kingston; they play great defense … (and) throw us out of whack,” Glaser said. “They’re strong inside and defend well on the perimeter.”
A quartet of Wolves — Brocklesby, Webb, Tim Guan and Evan Hill — led Sequim with nine points each. Anthony Pinza added eight points.
“This game was like the game at our place,” Glasser said, recalling Kingston’s 67-45 victory in Sequim on Feb. 3. “We dug ourselves a hole early and had to battle back.
Glasser, the Sequim coach, rarely gets nervous before games.
But he was a little uneasy heading into the Feb. 7 Olympic League finale against Port Angeles.
“There was so much on the line,” Glasser said. “They have some good athletes and when they defend like they did, they’re tough to beat.”
Fortunately for the Sequim coach and Wolves fans, they have Corbin Webb on their side. The senior guard torched Port Angeles for 25 points — 19 in the second half — as the Wolves held off a late Roughrider run for a 58-51 victory on their home court.
“We knew we were in for a dogfight,” Glasser said. “What a game. What an atmosphere.”
The win not only gave Sequim (12-4 in Olympic League play, 14-5 overall) second place in the Olympic League’s final standings, but also a No. 2 seed going into the subdistrict tourney.
Sequim and Port Angeles had locked up berths in the West Central District tourney by virtue of their top three finishes in league, but both teams had eyes on that district playoff bye last week.
Unlike Sequim’s overpowering win in Port Angeles on Jan. 13, the Feb. 7 contest was a seesaw match with both squads making big runs. Sequim fired the opening salvo, taking a 15-8 lead late in the first quarter, but Port Angeles closed the gap to just one point (23-22) by halftime.
The Roughriders crept ahead at 30-27 before Brocklesby’s steal and one-handed dunk swung the momentum in Sequim’s favor.
Webb, who battled through foul trouble in the first half and nearly picked up a fourth moments before his teammate’s dunk, began heating up. The Wolves’ leading scorer each of the past two seasons, Webb lit up the scoreboard in a variety of ways, hitting short-range baseline jumpers, driving to the hoop, sinking mid-range shots and even allowing a smile after hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
From the 4:50 mark of the third quarter to halfway through the final period, Webb scored 17 of Sequim’s 25 points and saw the lead balloon to a 51-38 advantage.
“The ball felt great in my hands,” Webb said. “That [getting into foul trouble] happens. I’ve just got to learn from my mistakes.”
Port Angeles simply wouldn’t go away, however, as Reggie Burke led a spirited comeback. The 6-foot senior guard hit a pair of 3-pointers late and scored 11 in the fourth quarter, helping the Roughriders close to within 53-49 with under a minute remaining.
But Carter, Hill and Alex Barry sealed the win late with free throws and the Riders’ shooting went cold.
Webb and Hill joined senior center Frank Catelli in playing their final game on the Rick Kaps Gymnasium floor.
“Once I got in the game I didn’t think about it [being my last home game],” Webb said. “Great way to end it.”
Said Hill, “This feels great. Beating P.A. twice? Very few teams get to do that.”