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   Wolf frosh Daniel Olson banked home three points Saturday in a narrow JV loss. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“This game will lay the foundation for our continued improvement over the remainder of the season.”

The Coupeville High School JV boys basketball squad came up a play or two shy of a win Saturday, but Wolf coach Chris Smith walked away largely satisfied.

Despite missing several players and being restricted on how they could use others, CHS chased visiting Bellevue Christian to the very end of a narrow 47-43 loss.

The Wolves survived and thrived despite suffering through a cold spell in the second quarter — when they were outscored 16-4 — “winning” every other eight-minute period.

Coupeville jumped out to a 15-13 lead after one quarter, with Mason Grove going off for 13 points by himself.

Smith could only call on his sophomore gunner in two quarters, leaving Grove available for varsity play.

He still finished with a game-high 18 points, including four balls from behind the three-point arc.

Grove wasn’t Coupeville’s only weapon, though, as fellow sophomore Koa Davison dropped in 10 of his 13 points during a third-quarter run.

Koa hit the gear I have been waiting to see,” a satisfied Smith said.

After falling behind by 10 at the break, the Wolves steadily chipped away at the lead in the second half.

“I was thrilled that at the end of the game we were thinking about strategy and what we needed to do to win down by four with :47 left on the clock,” Smith said. “We came up a little short, but the energy and excitement were there.”

Ulrik Wells banged home six points in support of Grove and Davison, while Daniel Olson and Jean Lund-Olsen added three apiece.

Sage Downes, Gavin Knoblich, Alex Jimenez, David Prescott and Jacobi Pilgrim also saw floor time for the Wolves, who have played much better than their 1-6 record might indicate.

“I may call this one of our best games of the season,” Smith said. “This was the most balanced game we have played offensively and defensively.

“We went into the game with the goal of playing patient/attacking offense and aggressive/efficient defense,” he added. “For the most part that is what we did and it was working.”

As the Wolves get ready for their final game before the winter break, next Wednesday at home against Concrete, their coach likes the direction they are headed.

“Overall an extremely positive game for us,” Smith said. “If this group plays fundamental basketball, while playing together as a team, they will be tough to beat.”

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   Hunter Smith singed the nets for a game-high 20 Saturday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Facts are facts – Bellevue Christian has a very strong boys basketball squad.

Blessed with a six-foot-six guy who can play inside, shoot three-balls and get out and run the floor, plus a pack of speedy gunners to fly cover for him, the Vikings are 7-0 for a reason.

And yet, Coupeville, missing two starters and playing a lineup made up entirely of sophomores at one point Saturday, didn’t get embarrassed.

The Wolves, led by a game-high 20 points from senior Hunter Smith, stayed close through the first half and “won” the fourth quarter.

But, a poor third quarter, in which the visitors went on a 17-3 run and CHS scored on exactly one play in eight minutes, doomed any upset bids and BC left the Island with a 61-38 win.

The non-conference loss, the second in as many nights against a top-level Nisqually League foe, drops Coupeville to 2-5.

The record is a bit deceiving though, as the Wolves sit atop the Olympic League standings at 1-0, and are enduring a rough non-league schedule which should, hopefully, make them stronger when the games start counting towards playoff positioning.

First-year coach Brad Sherman is preaching patience, and using non-conference games as building blocks, and you can see the Wolves making strides.

Saturday, even without starters Cameron Toomey-Stout and Joey Lippo, Coupeville held its own against the much-taller, quicker Vikings.

With Smith rattling home eight points in the first quarter, and Hunter Downes and Jered Brown chipping with a bucket apiece, CHS forced five first quarter ties, and trailed just 14-12 with seconds left on the clock.

Bellevue cashed in with a last-second three-ball to cap the quarter, however, then stretched the lead out to double digits early in the second period.

Coupeville responded by showing toughness in the paint, with Downes converting a put-back off of a rebound before Kyle Rockwell got dynamic.

Taking a pass down low, the senior enforcer squared up Bellevue’s biggest player, backed him down and drained a bank shot while getting hammered on the arms.

Swishing the ensuing free throw, he pulled CHS within 23-17, the closest it would get the rest of the way.

BC, which has eliminated Coupeville from the playoffs the last two years, proved to be too deep and too talented on this night, turning an 11-point bulge at the half into a 25-point lead exiting the third.

The Wolves couldn’t get a thing to drop in the third, with several would-be buckets popping back out under pressure.

Smith broke the skid with a coast-to-coast romp, turning a steal into a breakaway layup, then slipping home a free throw after being mugged on his way to pay dirt.

In the fourth, Sherman gave his young guns some precious floor time, with Brown being joined for several minutes by fellow sophomores Gavin Knoblich, Ulrik Wells, Mason Grove and Jakobi Pilgrim.

Wells earned a well-deserved roar from the crowd when he soundly rejected a BC shot into the cheap seats, while Grove toasted the net on a three-ball for his first-ever varsity points.

Smith’s 20 points gives him 594 for his stellar career, allowing him to pass Gabe McMurray (592) and tie Mike Syreen (594) at #31 on the Wolf boys career scoring list.

Rockwell (5), Downes (4), Brown (4), Grove (3) and Ethan Spark (2) rounded out the scoring attack, while Dane Lucero chipped in with a solid effort on defense.

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   Sophomore Jacobi Pilgrim and Coupeville’s other young varsity players got plenty of floor time Friday at Vashon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The scoreboard doesn’t always tell the whole story.

If that’s all you looked at Friday, it might be a bit of a letdown, as a Coupeville High School boys basketball squad coming off of an emotional overtime win came back down to Earth.

Unable to mount much of a sustained offensive charge against a strong Vashon Island defense, the Wolves fell 52-27 deep on the road.

The non-conference loss drops CHS to 2-4 heading into a home tilt against undefeated Bellevue Christian Saturday. Tip-off is 3 PM.

What knowing just the score won’t tell you is the Wolves were missing starters Cameron Toomey-Stout and Joey Lippo.

One of their replacements, Jered Brown, made it through the first half, before illness left him on the bench after the halftime break.

With three key players either missing or only able to play reduced minutes, CHS coach Brad Sherman went deep into his bench.

Sophomore Mason Grove made his varsity debut, while other young guns like Ulrik Wells, Gavin Knoblich and Jacobi Pilgrim saw substantial playing time.

“Lots of young guys stepped up tonight and gave us some good minutes, which was really nice to see,” Sherman said.

“Getting them some time now, before we hit the league schedule hard, is ultimately a good thing, if we can develop a little more depth in some areas.”

Vashon, which spread its scoring out across the roster, came out on fire in the early going, shooting the Wolves out of the gym before they could get their legs fully under them.

The Pirates turned a 16-4 lead after one quarter into a 35-10 bulge at the half.

Things were different in the second half, however, as Coupeville battled Vashon to a 17-17 stalemate over the third and fourth quarters.

“Really a lot of credit to Vashon. That’s a good basketball team,” Sherman said. “Our guys fought hard. They always fight hard. I love that about them.”

Hunter Smith went for 10 of his game-high 14 points in the second half, including draining 8-10 free throws.

In a game where neither team spent too much time at the free throw stripe, both teams shot especially well when they did wind up there.

Vashon was a flawless 6-6, while Coupeville finished 9-12.

Ethan Spark added eight points, including a pair of three-balls, to back Smith, while Kyle Rockwell banged down low for a season-high four points.

Kyle played tough, he’s doing well,” Sherman said. “It’s been nice to see.”

Dane Lucero tickled the twines on a free throw to round out the scoring and defensive buzz-saw Hunter Downes spent the night terrorizing the Pirates on the boards and in the paint.

Coupeville, which plays its next five games at home, sits atop the Olympic League in the early going, tied at 1-0 with Klahowya. Port Townsend (1-1) and Chimacum (0-2) bring up the rear.

With the Wolves playing virtually all their league games at the end of the schedule — eight of their final 10 games are conference clashes — the early part of the season gives CHS a chance to prepare for the games which will dictate their playoff fate.

“Always hurts to leave without the win, but we have to be forward-looking,” Sherman said. “What’s ultimately important in these is that, win or lose, we are getting ourselves ready for our league schedule.

“We play a tough non-league schedule and that’s a good thing,” he added. “These are good tests for us and each time we get to evaluate where we can improve, to get to where we know we want to be sitting at the end of the year.”

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   Koa Davison dropped in four points Friday in a Wolf JV loss at Vashon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The trip to Vashon Island can be a brutal one.

Case in point – two separate ferries, and a considerable chunk of time spent on the bus, might have conspired to sap the legs of the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball players Friday night.

Run off the floor in the first quarter, they worked their way back into contention the rest of the way, but couldn’t overcome an early deficit, falling 54-30.

The loss drops the Wolves, who return to action Saturday at home against Bellevue Christian, to 1-5 on the season.

Not only were they fighting the after-effects of an epic journey, but the CHS young guns were also at less than full force.

Leading scorer Mason Grove and bangers Ulrik Wells and Gavin Knoblich all saw limited playing time, so they could be available to swing up and also play varsity.

With Jake Pease gone on vacation, that left Wolf coach Chris Smith missing much of his scoring and rebounding.

Vashon exploded out to an 18-4 lead after one quarter, then stretched the lead to 29-12 at the half.

Grove caught fire in the third quarter, one of just two periods where he saw floor time, outscoring the host Pirates 14-13 by himself.

That included four successful shots from behind the three-point arc for the Wolf gunner.

He finished with a team-high 16 points a game after raining down 10 three-balls and banking 34 points in a full game against Port Townsend.

Wells and Koa Davison backed him up with four points apiece, while Tucker Hall, Jean Lund-Olsen and Knoblich each added a bucket to the cause.

Edgar Hernandez, playing the entire JV game, went off for a game-high 23 to pace Vashon.

While Coupeville struggled with Vashon’s press in the first half, the Wolves responded much better after the break, something their coach hailed as a positive.

“Overall I was happy how we responded in the second half, moving the ball around well and continuing to play tough defense,” Smith said. “Everyone on the bench saw the floor tonight, so that was a small victory!”

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Ty Hamilton wheels and deals in a recent game. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   CMS coach Bob Martin gives Isaiah Bittner his marching orders. “Go destroy some fools, son!!”

They came, they saw, they conquered.

Delivering their best performance of the season right as they head into winter break, the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads rolled to big wins Thursday at Chimacum.

The Wolf JV ran past the Cowboys 36-26 to claim its first victory of the season, while the CMS varsity left the court carrying a 55-42 triumph.

The wins lift the varsity to 3-2 and the JV to 1-4, and those records will stay in place for a bit.

Coupeville has a three-week gap on its schedule, not returning to action until Jan. 4, when Forks makes the long trek to Whidbey to kick off the second half of the 10-game schedule.

Until then, the young Wolves can bask in the glow of victory, thanks to strong defensive efforts in both Chimacum games.

Varsity:

The Wolves put the hammer down early, with Caleb Meyer and Hawthorne Wolfe both tossing in six points apiece in the first period, part of a 17-point CMS explosion.

Other than a brief dip in the third quarter, Coupeville continued to pour in the buckets all afternoon.

Wolfe finished with a game-high 21, netting seven of his points via the free-throw line.

CMS hit 15 shots from the charity stripe as a team, one of its best performances this season.

Meyer knocked down 11 points to back Wolfe, while Grady Rickner popped for 10 and Xavier Murdy banked in six.

Logan Martin (5) and Cody Roberts (2) rounded out the scorers.

JV:

Coupeville put this game away with a 14-point run in the second quarter, keyed by six from the fingertips of point guard Aiden Burdge and a pair of buckets from enforcer Isaiah Bittner.

A three-ball from Tony Garcia in the fourth quarter put a cap on the win for the Wolves.

CMS spread its scoring around, with Bittner leading the way with 10.

He was followed by Burdge (8), Damon Stadler (8), Garcia (5) and Gabe Shaw (5).

Alex Murdy, Dominic Coffman, Levi Pulliam, Kevin Partida and Ty Hamilton rounded out the Wolf roster.

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