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Brayden Coatney played strongly for a C-Team which ended its season Tuesday with a win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They closed with a bang.

Playing deep on the road at Sultan Tuesday night, the Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball squad pulled out a thriller.

The young Wolves scored only once in the fourth quarter, but that bucket from Alex Wasik was the difference in a 28-26 win.

The victory, coming in the season finale for the C-Team, lifts it to 2-7 in North Sound Conference play, 3-10 overall.

Trailing 11-6 at the first break, Coupeville made its move in the second quarter Tuesday, ripping off a 14-3 run to grab control of the game.

Playing for coach Patrick Upchurch for the final time this season, the Wolves got hot shooting from a trio of freshmen, as Ty Hamilton, Dominic Coffman, and Wasik combined to drill the Turks.

Hamilton popped for seven points in the second quarter, hitting a pair of free throws, a field goal, and a three-ball.

Coffman was hot on his heels with five, while Wasik, who scored in all four quarters, dropped in a bucket to round out the assault.

With the lead in hand at 20-14, the Wolves battled Sultan through a 6-6 third quarter, then held on for the win with a solid defensive effort down the stretch.

Hamilton finished with a game-high 11 points on mom Shannon’s birthday, while Coffman banked in nine, and Wasik slapped home a bucket per quarter while recording eight.

Also seeing floor time for the Wolves during their sweet finale were Nick Armstrong, Josh Upchurch, Coen Killian, Caleb Sonntag, and Brayden Coatney.

 

Final (unofficial) season scoring stats:

Dominic Coffman – 83
Ty Hamilton – 73
Chris Cernick – 41
Alex Wasik – 39
Brayden Coatney – 38
Coen Killian – 23
Ben Smith – 17
Nick Armstrong – 14
Josh Upchurch – 13
Simon Shelley – 3
Andrew Aparicio – 2
Alex Murdy – 2
Caleb Sonntag – 2

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Freshman Ty Hamilton splashed home a team-high nine points Friday as Coupeville’s C-Team battled with visiting Granite Falls. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Fewer bodies, more improvement.

As the season has gone on, the Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball squad has taken a hit in roster size, but the players who remain continue to show great growth.

Playing with seven players Friday, Patrick Upchurch’s squad hung tough all night before falling 45-29 to visiting Granite Falls.

The young Wolves drop to 1-7 in North Sound Conference play, 2-10 overall, heading into their season finale this coming Tuesday at Sultan.

Win or lose, the C-Team is a scrappy band of ballhawks, and they showed that once again Friday while making their season debut in the big gym.

Down 6-0 at the start, the Wolves clawed their way back into the game, closing the first quarter on a 6-2 tear.

The surge kicked off with Coen Killian draining a three-ball from the top of the arc, then continued through Ty Hamilton slashing hard to the hoop for a bucket, before Killian came back around to net a free throw.

The second quarter was the one frame where Coupeville’s shooting touch vanished, and it hurt.

With just a pull-up jumper on the move from Dominic Coffman, the Wolves found themselves on the short end of a 9-2 stretch, and never were able to fully recover.

CHS made a stand, however, with both teams pouring it on in the third quarter.

After combining to score 25 points in the first half, Coupeville and Granite united to put 23 more up on the board across the eight-minute frame.

Four different Wolves banked home a bucket in the quarter, with the prettiest coming from freshman Nick Armstrong, who rolled under his defender, then popped up and nailed a jumper which barely rippled the net on its way through.

Coupeville got the lead back down to 10 early in the fourth, courtesy an Alex Wasik layup set up by a bullet pass off of Coffman’s magic fingers, but time eventually ran out on the young Wolves.

Hamilton finished with a team-high nine points, with Coffman (6), Brayden Coatney (4), Wasik (4), Killian (4), and Armstrong (2) also scoring.

Josh Upchurch rounded out the Wolf roster, hitting the boards hard and earning a nod of approval from his coach/father.

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Ty Hamilton pumped in a team-high 10 points Tuesday night for Coupeville’s C-Team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They saved their best for last.

Playing with just seven guys Tuesday, and facing a very-strong foe, the Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball squad got stronger as the game wore on.

While the Wolves fell 70-33 to visiting South Whidbey, the scrappy seven pumped in almost 50% of their offense in the fourth quarter, winning the final frame.

It’s positives like that which point to a strong future for Patrick Upchurch’s very-raw team, which sits at 2-9 on the season.

The Wolves get two more chances to rumble this season, with a home game Friday against Granite Falls, then a trip to Sultan Feb. 4.

Tuesday night, South Whidbey held an early 13-6 edge after one quarter of play, then put the game in the W column with 23-3 and 19-8 runs across the next two frames.

Coupeville rallied, however, scrambling to outscore the Falcons 16-15 in the fourth behind scoring from five of its seven players.

Freshman Ty Hamilton went off for six points in the final quarter, part of his team-high 10 on the night.

Everyone in uniform scored for Coupeville, with Dominic Coffman and Alex Wasik backing Hamilton up with six points apiece.

Coen Killian (4), Nick Armstrong (3), Brayden Coatney (2), and Josh Upchurch (2) also scored, with Armstrong netting his points on a three-ball.

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Caleb Sonntag netted his first bucket of the season Monday. (Photo courtesy Tara Armstrong)

Treasure the small moments, because they could be the start of something big.

This year’s Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball squad is very green, with not a lot of experience spread among its players.

But that hasn’t stopped the young Wolves and first-year head coach Patrick Upchurch from returning to the gym, day after day, intent on growing and developing.

There will be rough nights, yes, such as Monday’s 65-10 loss to visiting Cedar Park Christian.

The Eagles had more depth, more experience, and are further along in their development.

But the Wolves, who will play five games this week, including a doubleheader Saturday, showed no quit.

Six of their eight active players scored Monday, with the highlight coming from Caleb Sonntag, who netted his first bucket as a member of the CHS hoops program.

Coen Killian, Brayden Coatney, and Dominic Coffman each added a basket, while Josh Upchurch and Nick Armstrong both swished a free throw to round out the scoring.

With several players missing in action, Ty Hamilton and Alex Wasik rounded out the active roster, both seeing floor time and bringing their customary hustle and grit to the action.

The C-Team, now 0-3 in North Sound Conference play, 1-6 overall, returns to action Tuesday with a trip to Shoreline to play King’s.

After that comes a rematch with Cedar Park in Bothell Friday, then a twin-bill Saturday in Granite Falls. CHS will play both the host Tigers and Sultan.

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Nick Armstrong, seen during football season, scored six points Friday as Coupeville’s C-Team basketball squad battled South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Every time out, a positive.

A fairly-inexperienced band of Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball players continue to show improvement, and Friday’s trip to Langley was no exception.

While the young Wolves fell 56-28 to host South Whidbey, it was one of their best offensive performances of the season.

Plus, a huge chunk of the points came from two guys who haven’t had much chance to put the ball in the hoop this season, always a good sign.

Friday night it was time for Nick Armstrong and Coen Killian to shine, and the duo came through, dropping in a season-high six points apiece.

Add a team-high eight points for go-go guard Dominic Coffman, six for inside enforcer Ben Smith — back in action after a sustained bout with illness — and two for Brayden Coatney, and the offensive attack was nicely-balanced.

While they didn’t score Friday, Coupeville also got strong work from Ty Hamilton, Caleb Sonntag, Josh Upchurch, and Alex Wasik.

The Wolf young guns are set to see tons of floor time this coming week, unless Mother Nature rears her vindictive head.

The C-Team hosts Cedar Park Christian Monday, travels to King’s Tuesday and CPC Friday, then plays a doubleheader in Granite Falls next Saturday.

The Wolves will face-off with both the host Tigers and Sultan that day.

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