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Jered Brown (John Fisken photo)

   Wolf freshman Jered Brown made an auspicious debut Tuesday night. (John Fisken photo)

This could be the start of something big.

Proving he’s ready for the spotlight from moment one, Coupeville High School freshman Jered Brown wasted no time.

Making his varsity debut Tuesday in the fourth quarter of an opening night loss to visiting Blaine, the Wolf gunner touched the ball for the first time and promptly drilled a three-bomb bomb from the right side.

It was the one moment the crowd truly went bonkers all night, and provided a ray of sunshine on an otherwise stormy evening.

Brown also slid a pair of free-throws through the twines, but even his perfection with the rock wasn’t enough to save Coupeville.

Hammered by a 22-0 run in the second quarter, the Wolves lost their grasp on a once-close game and fell 72-28.

CHS, which returns just two varsity players in Gabe Wynn and Hunter Smith, looked and played like a squad still adjusting to each other and the faster, more physical style of varsity basketball.

The Borderites, a deep, aggressive 2A team, won the battle in the trenches — hitting the boards with a fury — and on the outskirts, dropping seven treys, primarily on kick-outs to wide-open guys in the corners.

Coupeville actually led early (really early) when Wynn knocked down a pull-up jumper to kick off his senior campaign.

A bucket from Brian Shank, on a sweet roll to the hoop on which he sliced through a pack of Blaine defenders, knotted things at 4-4 and gave hope that the sizable opening night crowd was in for a fight to the finish.

Unfortunately things got away from the Wolves in a hurry.

Blaine dropped in a pair of three-balls to stretch the lead out to 14-7 after the first eight minutes of play, then went into lock-down mode in a second quarter that was brutally efficient.

In between a pair of free-throws from Ariah Bepler and a bucket in the paint from Steven Cope, the Borderites ripped off a game-busting run of 22 consecutive points.

After hitting three straight bombs from behind the arc, Blaine made off with back-to-back running layups off of steals, as they used their full-court press to utterly confound the inexperienced Wolves.

Things didn’t get much better after the break, as frequent steals and treys propelled the Borderites on another run, this time to a tune of 24-7.

Smith provided all the offense for the Wolves in the quarter, dropping in seven of his team-high 11 points.

The highlight came on a play where he juked his defender out of his shoes, then pulled back and nailed a soft trey from the top.

Coupeville made a stand in the final quarter, “winning” the fourth 10-9 using a sharp eye at the charity stripe and Brown’s smooth touch.

While he wasn’t a fan of the final score, CHS coach Anthony Smith knows he has a team that is very much a work in progress.

“They (Blaine) came to play. They can take you out of your game, and we have some guys who haven’t played at this level before. It’s a different game,” he said.

“It was a good thing it was a non-conference game,” Anthony Smith added. “We’ll watch some film and get back in the gym and get ready for Sultan Friday. We will get better.”

Hunter Smith (11), Wynn (5) and Brown (5) combined for 21 of Coupeville’s 28 points, while Shank added three and Cope and Bepler chipped in with two apiece.

Joey Lippo hit the boards hard in his return to the court after a year off, while Hunter Downes and Cameron Toomey-Stout contributed with scrappy defense and hustle.

JV falls:

Much like the varsity, the young guns, who have 12 freshmen on a 13-man roster, are a work in progress.

After Sean Toomey-Stout banged home a jumper from the right side, the Wolves were within 5-4 and looked to be right in the thick of things.

Then came a 26-0 run by the Borderites, stretching over chunks of the first and second quarters, and things got progressively bleaker en route to a 67-17 defeat.

Toomey-Stout paced CHS with four points, also banking in a silky runner, while Jacobi Pacquette-Pilgrim (3), Brown (3), Ulrik Wells (2), Koa Davison (2), Nikolai Lyngra (2) and Aiden Juras (1) all chipped in.

Mason Grove, Elliott Johnson, Aram Leyva and Kyle Rockwell all saw playing time as well.

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Jered Brown banged home a team-high 12 in the 8th grade game

   Jered Brown banged home a team-high 12 in Coupeville Middle School’s 8th grade game Monday. (John Fisken photos)

Dakota Eck

   Wolf 7th grader Dakota Eck knocked down a bucket and played strong defense as his squad rolled to a win.

The big boys held court.

Coupeville squared off with visiting Blue Heron Middle School (Port Townsend) Monday afternoon in a pair of boys’ basketball games, and both contests came down to who had the biggest player on the floor.

In the opener, the Wolves did, and, sparked by a 22-point, 11-rebound performance from 7th grader Jake Mitten, CMS rolled to a 47-38 win in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score might indicate.

But once the two schools swapped out 8th graders for 7th graders, Coupeville ran into Noah Montoya.

Unable to contain the big, burly rebounding fiend, especially in the fourth quarter, when he keyed a 14-2 run that broke open a one-point game, the Wolves fell 48-39.

Montoya finished with a game-high 26 in the nightcap, with almost all of his points coming off of layups, as he cleaned the offensive glass like a machine.

Trailing just 30-29 coming into the fourth, Coupeville suddenly couldn’t seem to get a rebound for anything, giving Blue Heron five shots on one possession alone.

The final shot? Yep, a put-back by Montoya, and it was the basket which seemed to break the Wolves remaining spirit.

Up until then, Coupeville had held its own, using a pair of buckets from Koa Davison to build an early 8-4 lead.

After Blue Heron rallied to claim the lead midway through the second quarter, the Wolves didn’t flinch.

Point guard Jered Brown, who dropped in a team-high 12 while playing with an injured leg, completely owned the final two minutes of the half.

First he scored on a give-and-go, then pilfered the ball from a Blue Heron ball-handler and made a sensational pass to Mason Grove on the move for another basket.

Not content to stop there, he staked Coupeville to a 16-14 halftime lead, hitting a slicing runner while sliding between three defenders right before the buzzer.

Montoya started to roll in the third, though, breaking Blue Heron out to a six-point lead, before the Wolves closed the quarter with a 9-4 run.

Jacobi Pacquette-Pilgrim scored five of those points, collecting a bucket off of a hard-fought rebound before stepping outside and softly drilling a three-ball the next time down the floor.

Grove, showcasing nerves of steel, slipped a pair of free throws through the net with just a few ticks left on the clock to close out the third, setting up what seemed like it would be an epic fourth-quarter duel.

It wasn’t to be, though, as Montoya went wild down the stretch, raising one question — what’s the chances his family decides to move to Coupeville before high school?

Hey, it could happen…

For the guys who are undeniably Wolves, Pacquette-Pilgrim banked home 11 to support Brown’s 12, while Grove (8), Sean Toomey-Stout (4) and Davison (4) rounded out the scorers.

Aiden Juras and Jean Lund-Olsen also saw serious floor time for Coupeville.

While the 8th grade game was close until a late collapse, the 7th grade game was a runaway win made a little closer by a late Blue Heron rally.

The Wolves, riding 17 first-half points from Mitten, were cruising at the break, up 31-15.

With Matthew Kelley wheeling and dealing, threading passes to Mitten and running mate Daniel Olson for quick buckets, Coupeville had its foes back on their heels.

Getting a little something from everyone — Sage Downes went off for six in the third, while Dakota Eck banked in a bucket from deep in the corner — the Wolves stretched the lead out to 20 early in the fourth quarter.

But then, after Olson hit a trey that rattled around, managing to hit seven different parts of the rim before flopping through for three, Coupeville went a little cold from the field.

Part of it was pulling most of its starters, as the subs, coming off of a long vacation break, were a bit rusty. The other part was having Blue Heron suddenly find its shooting touch en route to closing on a 14-3 tear.

While the final three minutes weren’t flawless, a win is a win, though, and this was one in which five different Wolves put their name into the scoring column.

Mitten added five steals and three blocks to go with his 22 points, while Olson hit for nine, Kelley dropped in eight, Downes netted six and Eck collected a bucket.

Michael Laska, Ben Smith, Gage Powers and Alex Jimenez also played for Coupeville, which now hits the road for back-to-back games Thursday (Forks) and Friday (a rematch with Blue Heron in Port Townsend).

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