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Logan Downes let fly from the corner. (Morgan White photos)

Harlan Mouw flies to the bucket.

Cole White surveys the scene.

Hunter Bronec shoots over Granite Falls imposing defense.

No one threw up, so that’s a start.

A game after a Langley player let fly in the Coupeville Middle School gym, the only heaving on display Thursday involved players chucking the basketball at the rim.

Facing off with rugged Granite Falls in the season finale, the Wolf boys won a game, came close in a second one, and pushed a very-strong Tiger squad hard in the showcase contest.

How the day played out:

 

Level 1:

The final score is a bit deceptive, with Coupeville falling 51-22 to finish the season with a 3-7 record.

The Wolves were within four points after Logan Downes popped a jumper to open the second half, but then the Tigers found a different level.

Ripping off a 17-1 run, Granite, otherwise known as the “Man Bun Boys” for the number of players they had who took the court with their hair piled atop their heads, was a very-solid team.

The Tigers had height, speed, threw down their layups with conviction, and played smart, aggressive ball.

Coupeville answered with the sizzlin’ scoring touch of Downes, who banged home every one of his team’s points on this night, and it worked, at least for a bit.

The CMS 8th grader opened the game by netting a lil’ jumper from the left side, off of a very-nice kick-out from Zane Oldenstadt, then quieted a spirited Tiger cheering section by dropping four straight free throws.

Each charity shot sank through the net with a quiet little whisper, and sat Granite’s boisterous players back down in their seats on the rock-hard CMS bleachers.

Tied 6-6 with under a minute to play in the opening quarter, Coupeville stayed close, but was stung twice by Granite at the very end of quarters.

The first time it was a three-ball from the top of the arc right before the first quarter buzzer, the second time an offensive rebound put back up and in to stake the Tigers to a 19-13 lead at the half.

Granite’s game-busting run in the third came thanks to a varied offensive attack.

Mixing three-balls with steals which fueled breakaway buckets, the Tigers eventually overpowered Coupeville.

The Wolves didn’t go down easily, however, and we’re not just talking about Downes and his 22 points.

Oldenstadt and William Davidson pounded away on the boards and scrapped for loose balls, while guards Cole White, Landon Roberts, Ryan Blouin, and Timothy Nitta harassed the Tiger ballhandlers all game.

Also seeing action for the Wolves were Hunter Bronec and Johnny Porter, who brought hustle to the floor for a team which played far better this season than its win/loss record might indicate.

 

Level 2:

Coupeville’s middle squad was its most-successful this season, and the finale offered one more rousing curtain call.

Riding the red-hot shooting of gunner Nick Guay and big buckets in the final moments from Blouin and Mikey Robinett, the Wolves closed on a 10-2 run to capture a 24-22 nail-biter.

With the win, the second squad finished 7-2-1.

No, middle school hoops teams don’t play overtime, and yes, a tie in basketball is stupid, but that’s a long time past. Back to today.

In a game with big swings, the Wolves found themselves trailing 20-14 midway through the fourth quarter.

Granite had all the momentum, having scored the final six points of the third quarter and the first four in the final frame.

Not to worry, as the guys with ice water in their veins all wore Coupeville jersies.

The first to strike was Blouin, who swished a three-ball from the top after Davidson ripped down a rebound and kicked the ball out to his waiting teammate.

The Tigers responded with a bucket off of a power move down low, stretching the margin back out to 22-17, but, whether they knew it or not, they were officially DOA at that moment.

Robinett knocked down a roller off the glass to start the surge to victory, then Guay, who finished with a game-high 17 points, stepped up to claim the mantle of being The Man.

Flicking the ball skywards, he sank his fourth three-ball of the night to tie the game at 22-22, then made off with a steal for a go-ahead breakaway bucket.

Clinging to a two-point lead, Coupeville operated through the game’s final minute in exactly the opposite way most middle school teams do with the lead.

It’s rarely seen at this level (or, quite often, in high school play), but the Wolves LISTENED to their coaches, held on to the ball instead of flinging off a shot, and wore the clock down, daring Granite to foul them.

The Tigers instead played for the steal, but never got it, setting off a celebration from the pro-Wolf crowd.

It was a sweetly-satisfying win for CMS, especially coming in a game in which they almost went scoreless for the entire first quarter.

Trailing 6-0 thanks to a pair of Granite three-balls, and numerous shots of their own which popped out at the last second, Coupeville was struggling a bit.

But then, in one fluid motion, the lanky Guay pulled in the ball, went skyward and netted his own three-ball, the orb dropping through the net at literally the exact moment the first quarter buzzer sounded.

That shot seemed to be the spark the Wolves needed, as they reclaimed the lead in the second quarter thanks to two more Guay treys and a Davidson put-back.

Up 11-8 at the half, CMS stretched it to 14-10 midway through the third, then hit the dry spell talked about earlier in the article.

Guay’s 17 was huge, but every bucket greatly mattered for the Wolves, who also got three points from Blouin, and two apiece from Davidson and Robinett.

Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim, Jack Porter, Hurlee Bronec, and Johnny Porter chipped in with hustle and general scrappiness.

 

Level 3:

Coupeville trailed by 13 late in the third quarter, rallied strongly, but fell 30-24, dropping its final record to 1-7.

The Wolves best stretch of play came over the final eight minutes of play, when they outscored the Tigers 14-7.

Back-to-back buckets to close the third, with Harlan Mouw slapping a rebound back home, and Justin Jansen going coast-to-coast off of a steal, started the rally.

From there, the Wolves used the inside/outside combo of Mouw and Nathan Ginnings to cut away at the lead, getting the margin all the way down to five with about two minutes to play.

Granite needed to make a play to seal the deal, and, to their credit, the Tigers stood tall.

A bucket off of an offensive rebound, pulled down in a crowd, stopped the bleeding and ended Coupeville’s final hope.

The young Wolves finished with a balanced scoring sheet, with six of nine players scratching their names into the scorebook.

Mouw paced CMS with nine points, while Ginnings (6), Chris Villarreal (4), Jansen (2), Carson Fields (2), and JP Edoukou (1) also scored.

Rounding out the active roster were Jesus Madrigal, Jordan Bradford, and Alex Clark, who all saw solid floor time in the finale.

 

Final (unofficial) season scoring stats:

Logan Downes – 193
Timothy Nitta – 76
Cole White – 55
Hunter Bronec – 40
Harlan Mouw – 39
Nathan Ginnings – 37
Mikey Robinett – 34
Nick Guay – 33
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim – 30
Justin Jansen – 28
William Davidson – 27
Zane Oldenstadt – 25
JP Edoukou – 21
Ryan Blouin – 20
Hurlee Bronec – 20
Johnny Porter – 18
Jack Porter – 14
Carson Fields – 12
Chris Villarreal – 10
Landon Roberts – 6
Jordan Bradford – 2
Alex Clark – 2

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Jack Porter swoops in to nab a runaway basketball. (Morgan White photos)

Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim goes strong to the hoop.

Cole White can’t be stopped.

Logan Downes flies in for a bucket.

Mikey Robinett has the magic touch.

Big wins, big excitement, big cleanup.

Playing in front of their home fans Monday, the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads swept three games from visiting Langley, claiming Island supremacy.

But the basketball wasn’t the only thing hitting the floor, as one fan related.

“You missed an epic night of middle school basketball … one poor soul playing for South Whidbey couldn’t handle the dominating pressure of our offense and upon exiting the court vomited all over the place.

“It was like something out of the movies, crowd reaction and all.”

Sadly, I wasn’t front row center for the unexpected side show, as I was down in Freeland clearing land for my sister and offering up plenty of dead trees and gnarled stumps to the great fire god Beavis.

However, having been trapped in the Coupeville gym during the Great Food Poisoning Game a couple years back, when Wolf players were heaving into trash cans on the bench, I’m pretty sure by “sadly” I mean “sweet sassy molassy, I dodged a bullet.”

But anyway, the basketball was good, from what I hear, so there’s that.

How it played out Monday (as deduced from scanning score-books):

 

Level 1:

Coupeville added to its roster, then went and blew out Langley 54-24 in the afternoon’s biggest romp.

The win lifts the Wolves to 3-6 headed into their season finale Thursday at home against Granite Falls.

CMS coach Greg White promoted several players from Level 2, and liked what he saw.

“Team 1 saw some new energy from Tim (Nitta), Hunter (Bronec), Hurlee (Bronec), and Johnny Porter,” he said.

“Those boys have been playing too well in practice and games to not move them up.”

The Wolves came out hot, jumping on Langley in the first quarter behind the shooting of ace gunner Logan Downes.

With the 8th grader popping for 11 of his game-high 27 in the opening frame, Coupeville went to the first break up 13-6.

After a 9-9 second-quarter battle royal kept things in place, the Wolves put the game away in the third, mashing the Cougars 22-4 behind the triple threat trio of William Davidson, Downes, and Cole White.

With his 27-point explosion, Downes brings his season average to 19 a night, while White chipped in with nine Monday and Davidson banked home seven.

Nitta (5), Zane Oldenstadt (4), and Hunter Bronec (2) rounded out the scoring, while Landon Roberts, Ryan Blouin, Nick Guay, Porter, and Hurlee Bronec all saw solid floor time.

 

Level 2:

The third quarter was magic for the Wolves one more time, as an 11-2 run broke open a tie game.

Coupeville’s most-successful team held on down the stretch, capturing a 29-21 win to run its record to 6-2-1 on the season.

Up until the third quarter, the game was a tense, back-and-forth affair, with CMS up by two at the first break, before Langley knotted the game up at the half.

Mikey Robinett did much of the damage for the Wolves, pounding home four of his 13 points in the third.

Blouin (5), Guay (5), Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim (4), and Davidson (2) all scored, with Jack Porter, Hurlee Bronec, and Johnny Porter chipping in with tough-nosed defense.

 

Level 3:

The big break-through.

After coming close several times this season, the young Wolves nabbed their first win of the season, winning 29-22.

Now 1-6 overall, the third CMS squad put the game away thanks to … wait for it … a strong third quarter.

Up 8-4 after one frame, then 12-8 at the half, the Wolves went on a 14-8 tear coming out of the break and that was that.

Five different Coupeville players scored in the third quarter, as the Wolves shared the ball and made smart choices.

Harlan Mouw and Nathan Ginnings led the way, tossing in 10 and nine points, respectively, and Justin Jansen popped for six.

Carson Fields and JP Edoukou each added two points to the attack, while Jesus Madrigal, Chris Villarreal, Jordan Bradford, and Alex Clark brought the hustle and heart.

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Timothy Nitta hit big buckets Wednesday as Coupeville went toe-to-toe with Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The seats don’t get any softer the longer you hang out in the Coupeville Middle School gym.

Bur rock-hard bleachers or not, the games did get closer with each passing hour Wednesday.

And while the Wolves weren’t able to pull out any wins against visiting Sultan, losing two of three by a single play, they did provide local fans with a lot to feel good about.

How the day played out:

 

Level 1:

Sultan’s top team is the best middle school hoops squad I’ve witnessed in person, and yes, that includes any number of King’s teams from years past.

The Turks have played together as a group over the past several years, both in and out of school, and it’s paying dividends.

There are no weak links, every Turk on the floor has a high basketball IQ, they are proficient and deadly, and they will kill you in any of 1,000 different ways.

That being said, Coupeville fought back hard, and used a second-half run against the Sultan bench to keep the final score halfway reasonable at 44-22.

The loss drops the Wolves to 2-6, with a pair of home games left on the schedule.

Langley travels to Coupeville Dec. 16, then Granite Falls pop in for the season finale Dec. 19.

Wednesday’s game was essentially over after one play, as Sultan came thundering down and hit a silky-smooth pull-up jumper from the right side.

Attacking ferociously on defense, the Turks blitzed the Wolf ball-handlers into submission, converting turnovers into quick buckets and blowing out to a 13-0 lead seemingly before the official scorer could get her pencils unpacked.

Cole White finally stopped the bleeding, hitting his own pull-up jumper, but Sultan stretched the lead out to 19-2 at the first break and 39-8 by the half.

CMS sharpshooter Logan Downes tickled the twines three times in the second frame, hitting buckets on a variety of moves, but Sultan had an answer for everything.

Drop back on defense, and the Turks launched three-balls with abandon, hitting six of them in the first half, including one which dropped through the bottom of the net right at the buzzer.

Come up to meet Sultan, and it used super-sharp passing to zip the ball around, before depositing the ball right onto the fingertips of a player in exactly the right place at exactly the right time.

It was sort of demoralizing, but also sort of inspiring, in a twisted way – proof rural public schools can build a powerhouse program just the same as big-city private ones can.

Sultan’s current high school program isn’t tearing up the North Sound Conference, but just hold on a year or two. Things are about to get interesting.

After one more looooooooong three-ball stretched Sultan’s lead out to 44-8 early in the third quarter, Coupeville buckled down and closed the game with conviction.

With the Turks starters having departed, the Wolves actually scored the game’s final 14 points, getting 11 from Downes, a runner from Ryan Blouin, and, finally, a sweetly-swished free throw from Nick Guay.

Downes finished the game with 17 points, just off of his season average of 18 a night, while Blouin (2), White (2), and Guay (1) also scored.

Zane Oldenstadt and William Davidson worked hard on the boards for the Wolves, while fan favorite Landon Roberts merrily crashed through anyone who got in his way, fighting for loose balls until the final buzzer.

 

Level 2:

We was robbed.

A fourth-quarter comeback fell just short, as Coupeville lost 24-23 in a game which ended with Wolf gunner Timothy Nitta being severely hammered right in front of the ref on the final contested shot.

Sadly, the man in stripes swallowed his whistle, and instead of Nitta shooting free throws, CMS headed back to the locker room having taken a rare loss.

The most-successful Wolf squad sits at 5-2-1 on the season.

The game was extremely close through the first two quarters, knotted at 6-6 after one, then 15-13 in favor of Sultan at the half, before taking wild mood swings down the stretch.

Nitta banked home a three-ball to open the third quarter, but then he and his teammates went ice cold the remainder of the frame, allowing Sultan to build a 22-16 lead heading into the game’s final seven minutes.

At which point the switch got flipped, as the Turks started clanking shots in the fourth, and the Wolves mounted a comeback.

Hunter Bronec slipped away from his man under the basket and threw down a bucket to open the final quarter, then Nathan Ginnings, wandering out in the parking lot, sank a gorgeous three-ball from the corner.

Clamping down on defense, Coupeville forced numerous turnovers, converting one into what seemed like a game-busting basket.

Getting out fast ahead of the crowd, Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim hauled in a long pass from Bronec, cut back inside and pounded home a layup while multiple Turks thumped him around the shoulders.

Up 23-22, CMS held on for a minute, but needed to make it a full two minutes.

Sultan slipped in a runner lofted in the paint to reclaim the lead, then things got dicy.

With the ball in the hands of the Turks and the clock running under 10 seconds, Coupeville needed to foul.

Instead, Mikey Robinett made a sensational play, getting his hands on the rock and forcing a jump ball, which returned the ball to the Wolves for one final play.

And it could have been something special, as Nitta, under heavy pressure, pulled in the inbounds pass and got off a shot.

As he let the ball go, at least two Turks made solid contact with his arms, something everyone in the gym except the ref standing a foot away seemed to see.

While the non-call astonished Wolf coaches, they will be able to look back on a solid team effort, one in which seven of eight players scored.

Nitta finished with seven points, while Johnny Porter (4), Hunter Bronec (4), Ginnings (3), Jack Porter (2), Simpson-Pilgrim (2), and Hurlee Bronec (1) also scored.

The only Wolf not to notch a point was Robinett, who merely made the defensive play of the game, more than earning his keep.

 

Level 3:

It was there, then it was gone.

Led by a strong all-around effort from Harlan Mouw, the Wolves carried a lead into the fourth quarter, before falling 23-21.

The razor-thin loss drops CMS to 0-6 on the season.

Coupeville played most of the game like a team very, very interested in getting its first win of the season.

In the opening quarter, JP Edoukou shone brightly, scoring off of an offensive rebound, then flat-out killing a hapless Turk on a later play.

Setting a nasty, beautiful screen, the Wolf big man stood tall and never moved a millimeter, while the Sultan player unlucky enough to come face-to-chest with Edoukou flew backwards several feet.

Landing flat on his back, the Turk stayed down, muttering about how they needed to stop letting semi trucks drive through the gym.

With Edoukou and Mouw playing forcefully in the paint, the Wolves stayed close through the first half, trailing just 14-11, then shot out to a 19-16 lead by the end of the third quarter.

Mouw was a one-man wrecking crew coming out of the locker room, dropping six of his season-high 12 points in the third frame, but it was Ginnings who had the prettiest bucket.

Snagging an offensive rebound, the Wolf guard flipped the ball back up and in while crashing backwards, landing prone on his rear as the ball trickled through the net.

Sultan got its mojo back in the final quarter, using a three-ball and consecutive put-backs to retake the lead, before Mouw scored one final bucket to keep things close.

With just a small handful of fouls to its credit, Coupeville couldn’t get the ball back by sending Sultan to the free throw line, however, and the Turks ran out the clock.

Edoukou and Ginnings both finished with four points, backing up Mouw and his 12, while Justin Jansen added a free throw to round out the scoring.

Carson Fields, Jordan Bradford, Jesus Madrigal, Alex Clark, and Chris Villarreal also saw floor time for Coupeville.

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Timothy Nitta has put the ball in the bucket for CMS basketball this season. (Morgan White photos)

Hunter Bronec plays strong defense.

Time to head home.

The Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads reached the halfway point of their 10-game seasons, and now the Wolves can finally get off the bus.

After opening with four of its first five on the road, including Monday’s match-up against Lakewood, Coupeville flips the script in the second half of the campaign.

The Wolves host King’s Wednesday, make a final trip to play Northshore Christian Academy Dec. 9, then close with three straight games in the CMS gym.

That final home-stand includes Coupeville’s lone battle with next door neighbor Langley (Dec. 16), and the Wolves don’t play Lakewood a second time.

Which is probably a good thing, as the Cougars, who eventually will head off to play ball for a large 2A high school, ran pretty wild Monday afternoon, sweeping all three contests.

How things played out:

 

Level 1:

The closest of the day’s three games, and it wasn’t all that close.

While Coupeville fell 50-30, stung badly by a rough third quarter, the Wolves didn’t go down quietly.

“Team 1 played tough tonight, but Lakewood was really good,” said CMS coach Greg White.

Now 1-4 on the season, Coupeville’s top squad was hanging around, down just 22-17 at the half, but the host Cougars powered up their offense in the third quarter, rolling to a 19-5 advantage in the frame.

Cole White and Logan Downes paced the Wolf attack with eight and seven points, respectively, with both gunners netting a three-ball.

William Davidson (5), Zane Oldenstadt (4), Nick Guay (4), and Landon Roberts (2) also scored, while Ryan Blouin brought hustle on defense.

 

Level 2:

The Wolves entered the game boasting an undefeated record, but came out flat in the first quarter and never recovered.

Down 16-1 at the first break, Coupeville eventually fell 51-21, dropping its record to 3-1-1 on the season.

CMS, which played its best ball during an 8-8 dogfight in the second quarter, was led in the score-book by Timothy Nitta, who rattled home a team-best seven points.

Hunter Bronec banked home five in support, while Jack Porter (4), Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim (3), and Hurlee Bronec (2) also netted points for the Wolves.

Johnny Porter, Nathan Ginnings, and Mikey Robinett rounded out the CMS roster.

 

Level 3:

Very little went right for Coupeville in a 50-6 loss which drops it to 0-4 on the season.

The game was actually close through one quarter, with Lakewood clinging to just a 6-4 lead.

But 17-0 and 8-0 runs over the next two quarters sealed the deal, and a 19-2 fourth-quarter surge by the Cougars was salt in the wound.

Chris Villarreal, Justin Jansen, and Harlan Mouw each had a bucket for CMS, with Jesus Madrigal, JP Edoukou, Jordan Bradford, Alex Clark, and Carson Fields also seeing action.

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William Davidson rolls to the hoop. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Logan Downes leads CMS hoops players in scoring, averaging a tick over 15 a night. (Morgan White photo)

They’re filling up the hoop.

Four games into a 10-game schedule, 21 Coupeville Middle School boys basketball players have chucked the rock through the net.

The Wolves are off for a few days over the Thanksgiving holidays, but are back in action this Monday, when they travel to Lakewood.

After that, they play four of their final five games at home, starting with a match-up Dec. 4 against King’s.

The scoring race through Nov. 29:

Logan Downes – 61
Timothy Nitta – 27
Cole White – 22
Hunter Bronec – 20
Mikey Robinett – 15
Justin Jansen – 14
Johnny Porter – 12
Nathan Ginnings – 11
JP Edoukou – 10
Hurlee Bronec – 8
William Davidson – 8
Zane Oldenstadt – 7
Carson Fields – 6
Nick Guay – 6
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim – 6
Ryan Blouin – 4
Harlan Mouw – 4
Jack Porter – 4
Alex Clark – 2
Landon Roberts – 2
Chris Villarreal – 2

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