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TJ Rickner was one of nine players to score Monday as Coupeville’s JV whacked Cedar Park Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They could have bent. They could have broke. They could have lost.

But they did none of those things.

Closing with fury and passion, the Coupeville High School boys JV basketball squad stepped back from the abyss Monday, then smacked the crud out of visiting Cedar Park Christian.

They might have lost a fourth quarter lead, but they never lost their heads, or their shooting touch, and the Wolves exited the floor with a very-satisfying 61-53 win.

The fourth-straight victiory for Coupeville, it lifts them to a flawless 4-0 in North Sound Conference action, 8-3 overall.

As sweet as the end result was, for one agonizing moment it looked like things might slip away from the Wolves.

CHS charged into the final quarter up 46-39, then watched it all go away, with Cedar Park using an 8-1 run to open the fourth and knot things up at 47-47.

The Wolves had led all the way since Sage Downes strolled through the paint and slapped home a layup to make it 8-6 in the very early going, and hadn’t surrendered the lead since that point.

And they never did.

Keeping the subtle cockiness in their walk, the Wolves looked up at the scoreboard, saw the 47-47 score, and laughed.

As quickly as the game had been tied, it was untied, with Cody Roberts popping a three-ball from the top of the arc to restore sanity and the lead.

Cedar Park got one more moment to dream about a comeback win, grabbing an offensive rebound and putting it back up and in to slice the margin to 50-49, but then Coupeville dropped the nuclear bomb.

Or bombs with an S, since there was more than one.

Many more.

Daniel Olson slipped a silky jumper through the net, Grady Rickner took a steal the length of the floor, crashing through a too-slow defender for the layup, and then it was Olson again, slicing to the hoop for another bucket.

Cedar Park had no answers for the 11-0 run which broke the game open, though the greatest agony the Eagles seemed to endure came when Logan Martin arced home a three-ball from the far left corner.

One of eight treys the Wolves knocked down, it was the final, and most heart-rending sucker punch, eliciting a small wail from the CPC coach as he turned away, not able to witness any more.

While Chris Smith’s squad closed like assassins, the Wolves played strongly all night long.

Once it had the lead, Coupeville dared Cedar Park to take it away, then, time after time, smacked them in the face, Three Stooges-style.

Holding a 13-12 lead with time running out in the first quarter, CHS got a miracle bucket from fab frosh Alex Murdy, who went airborne, then fell backwards while floating, Matrix-style, yet somehow got his shot off around a clingy defender.

The ball evaded at least three hands, kissed the top of the glass, then tumbled through the net.

Off to the side, Murdy’s uncle, former Wolf scoring sensation Allen Black, nodded ever so slightly in approval.

Which for him is like most other fans running across the court, shirtless, screaming “USA, USA, USA.”

The first quarter ended, but not the human highlight reel.

Sage Downes, who banged home four three-balls in the game, banked one in from an impossible angle, Chris Cernick converted back-to-back offensive rebounds into big buckets, then Martin got bonkers.

He went off for Coupeville’s final 10 points of the second quarter, slinging back-to-back three-balls to pay dirt before slashing inside for a couple of old-fashioned, and very-effective, two-point buckets.

Logan’s kind of feeling it,” CHS varsity coach Brad Sherman chuckled as he walked by, and it was a feeling which spread team-wide.

Downes finished with a game-high 18, while Martin banked in 15 and Olson came alive to net seven.

Cernick (6), Grady Rickner (4), Murdy (4), Roberts (3), TJ Rickner (2), and Miles Davidson (2) also scored, while Alex Jimenez, Andrew Aparicio, and Chris Ruck all saw floor time.

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Daniel Olson tossed in six points Saturday as Coupeville’s JV battled Nooksack Valley. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was like the steady pitter-patter of rain hitting the roof.

Nooksack Valley kept dropping shots Saturday night, a basket here, a basket there, and steadily pulled away from host Coupeville in a boys JV bout.

By the time the game was done, the Wolves had taken a rare ding on the ol’ win/loss record, falling 55-26 to the visiting Pioneers.

With the defeat, Coupeville’s JV heads into winter break sitting at 4-3 on the season.

The Wolves are off for 12 days, not playing again until Jan. 3, when they travel to Chimacum for another non-league match-up.

After that, the CHS boys move into North Sound Conference play, with the remainder of the schedule against their main rivals.

Saturday’s tilt was relatively close through one quarter, as the Wolves, behind seven points from Sage Downes, trailed just 16-9.

That changed a little too quickly for Coupeville’s liking, as Nooksack used a 13-3 tear in the second frame to stretch the halftime margin out to 29-12.

After that, the Pioneers continued to methodically pound away at their hosts, using 14-8 and 12-6 advantages over the final two quarters to set the final score.

Downes paced the Wolves, netting a team-high 12 points, while Daniel Olson backed him up with six.

Grady Rickner (3), Cody Roberts (3), and Miles Davidson (2) rounded out the scorers, while Alex Jimenez, Logan Martin, Andrew Aparicio, and TJ Rickner all saw floor time for CHS.

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Big man TJ Rickner provides Coupeville’s JV hoops squad with a strong defensive presence in the paint. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Unleash the beasts.

Raining down death ‘n destruction from all angles, the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team torched the nets for 28 points in the third quarter Saturday, blowing open their hardwood rumble with visiting Orcas Island.

That explosion, in which seven different Wolves tallied points, turned a modest eight-point halftime lead into a 32-point bulge.

By the time the final buzzer mercifully sounded, Coupeville was on top 60-23, claiming a win in its home opener, and improving to 2-1 on the season.

Chris Smith’s squad came out focused early, turning a 12-9 lead at the first break into a 20-12 edge by halftime.

But it was the third quarter, a 28-4 reign of beautiful terror, which really sealed the deal.

Sage Downes had the hottest hand of any Wolf shooter, rattling the rim for nine of his game-high 16 points in the frame.

He had plenty of help, however, as Grady Rickner tossed in six in the quarter, while Alex Murdy banked home four.

For the game, the Wolves put three guys into double digits, as Downes (16), Daniel Olson (10), and Rickner (10) split the primary scoring load.

Murdy (8), Logan Martin (5), Cody Roberts (4), Andrew Aparicio (4), Chris Cernick (2), and Alex Jimenez (1) scored as well, while TJ Rickner, Miles Davidson, and Chris Ruck also saw floor time.

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Sage Downes went for 19 Tuesday, including hitting one of the better buzzer-beaters seen in the CHS gym. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There were 98 points scored, but the final three will be the ones remembered.

Capping a splendid one-man shooting show in a losing cause against a powerhouse foe Tuesday, Sage Downes went from on-fire shooter to professional arsonist in the flick of a wrist.

And while his shot for the ages, and his 19 points, weren’t enough to save the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball squad against visiting King’s, you would never know it from the crowd reaction.

Sure, the scoreboard showed a 58-40 advantage for the Knights at the final buzzer, but what happened a millisecond ahead of said buzzer is what we’re here to talk about.

Charging up court, the clock running out on him, Downes, about a billion miles away from the basket, had no time and no chance.

But he had a shot.

Flipping the basketball high in the air, just as he neared the half-court line, while jammed tight against the scorer’s table, Downes arced a rainbow.

And promptly found the bucket of gold waiting underneath it.

His shot dropped from somewhere high up in the rafters, splashing home for a miracle three-ball which should have been worth four or five points for creativity, derring-do and how-the-heck-did-that-go-in.

The crowd went bonkers, the Wolf bench flooded the floor and JV coach Chris Smith about jumped out of the gym, arms pumping like a madman unleashed.

And Downes?

A little grin, a little shrug, a little stare-down of his defender, and then he strolled away, the thought bubble above his head plainly saying, “I can do this every day, any day, baby.”

The shot capped a strong performance for Downes, and his teammates, as they took the best hay-makers King’s could fire, and didn’t break.

The Knights JV, while not having the towering height of their varsity counterparts, are an exceptionally speedy bunch, and they used their jets to bust open the game.

Mixing running layups with net-rustling three-balls of their own — King’s hit five of its six treys in the opening quarter — the visitors led almost from start to finish.

Coupeville actually got on the board first thanks to a pretty pull-up jumper from Xavier Murdy, but then the Knights went to work.

Despite eight points from Downes, including the first two of his five three-balls, the Wolves trailed 19-10 at the first break and couldn’t make up the deficit.

CHS had its moments in the second quarter, though, primarily a three-ball from Logan Martin and a resounding blocked shot from the ever-busy Downes, then played King’s almost even in the second half.

The Wolves closed the third quarter on a 12-5 run, with Downes banking in eight, but he got help.

Grady Rickner also rattled the rim on his own successful trey, while Tucker Hall put on a show doing all the small things which turn into bigger things.

Fighting on the boards, hitting free throws, and twice making great kick-out passes which translated into Wolf three-balls, Hall was the night’s unsung hero.

“Great, great game for Tucker,” Chris Smith said. “Love to see that!”

While Downes was the big man on offense with his 19, Coupeville got balanced scoring, netting points from seven of its 10 players.

Grady Rickner (5), Hall (4), Murdy (4), Martin (3), Daniel Olson (3), and Cody Roberts (2) all chipped in, while Chris Ruck, TJ Rickner and Miles Davidson also saw floor time.

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Sage Downes tossed in a team-high 11 Friday for the Coupeville JV boys basketball squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Toss out the first quarter, and it was a one-point thriller.

Unfortunately for the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball squad, the refs insisted on counting every point Friday night.

And that one brief hiccup, when they were outscored 14-9 over the game’s first eight minutes, sent the Wolves to a 40-34 loss to visiting South Whidbey.

The defeat drops the CHS young guns to 2-4 in North Sound Conference play, 6-7 overall.

The first time the Island rivals have faced this season (they play in Langley Jan. 29), Friday’s rumble was edge of your seat all the way.

The Falcons used a 6-5 “run” in the second quarter to take a 20-14 lead in at the half, then the two squads played even after the break.

Coupeville got a fair amount of its points thanks to shots from behind the three-point arc, raining down seven treys to four from the Falcons.

But those four were killers, as South Whidbey’s Ben Lind hit a pair in the opening frame, and two more in the final quarter en route to a game-high 13 points.

Answering for the Wolves was sophomore Sage Downes, who tickled the nets for 11 points, including a trio of three-balls.

Much of his support came from freshman Xavier Murdy, who netted all nine of his points thanks to nothin’ but three-balls, while Daniel Olson hit Coupeville’s final trey and had seven points.

Grady Rickner knocked down three points, with Cody Roberts and TJ Rickner adding a bucket apiece to round out the scoring attack.

Tucker Hall and Logan Martin also saw floor time for the Wolves.

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