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   Hunter Downes was a wild man on the boards Saturday in Sultan, as the Wolves battled to the wire in a close non-conference game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was there, then it was gone.

After leading for much of the game Saturday, the Coupeville High School boys basketball squad went cold from the field late and paid for it, falling 54-49 at Sultan.

The non-conference defeat drops the Wolves to 4-9, but was a good test under fire for a team which now heads into the heart of Olympic League play.

CHS, which sits in a second-place tie with Klahowya at 2-1 in conference action, a game off of Port Townsend (4-1), plays three games in five days next week in a stretch which will tell much about their league title hopes.

The Wolves travel to Klahowya Tuesday, host Chimacum (0-5) Friday, then turn right back around and return to Silverdale Saturday for another match-up with the Eagles.

Facing a former Cascade Conference rival Saturday, Coupeville held its own with the Turks until a final, fateful minute and a half late in the fourth quarter.

Having used the world’s slowest 10-0 “run,” connecting on 10 consecutive free throws, the Wolves were clinging to a 44-42 lead with 2:30 to play.

Despite the fact that it hadn’t hit a field goal in nearly 11 minutes, Coupeville was where it wanted to be.

And then it all fell apart in a matter of seconds.

Give the Turks credit, as they won the game, and CHS didn’t lose it.

Sultan drained back-to-back three-balls from deep in the right corner, then added a reverse layup and three free throws, putting together an 11-0 surge to turn a nail-biter into a semi-runaway.

Hunter Smith knocked down two buckets in the final seconds, on a pull-up jumper and a long trey, but the damage was done by that point.

It was a bit of a disappointing end, after the Wolves looked so good for so long.

Dominating on the boards, with Hunter Downes crashing through the paint and cleaning the glass like a man on a mission, Coupeville escaped a low-scoring first quarter (7-4), then surged in the second.

Cameron Toomey-Stout buried a three-ball from the right side, followed by Smith notching the 700th point of his stellar career on a banker, and the Wolves were holding the Turks at bay.

Sultan got as close as a single point at 19-18, but Smith swished another jumper, before Ethan Spark drove a dagger through the heart of Turk Nation.

Collecting the ball on the right side, he faked, then pulled back and lofted a long trey, which caught all four sides of the rim (yes, a rim is round, go with it…) before flopping home.

Spark’s shot hit the bottom of the net just as the halftime buzzer sounded, sending Coupeville to the break up 24-18 and creating a buzz of dissatisfaction which rippled through the home fans.

The third quarter got off to a dramatic start, as the two teams combined to hit five straight three-balls, including two more from the locked-in Spark.

The second one pushed the Wolves up 30-21, marking their biggest lead of the game.

Enter the refs, who called everything, and I mean everything, sending both teams to the line a staggering amount of times.

That helped Sultan greatly, because the Turks, after missing all five of their free throws in the first half, suddenly got red-hot at the charity stripe.

Connecting on 9-10 freebies, including eight straight, Sultan regained the lead for the first time since it led 8-7 for three whole seconds in the first half.

Back in front 36-34 heading to the fourth, the Turks pushed the lead out to eight, before Coupeville responded with its own impressive display of free throw marksmanship.

Spark hit 6-6, while Joey Lippo and Smith each netted a pair during the Wolves 10-0 “run,” allowing them to finish 18-28 at the line on the night. Sultan went 13-21.

Smith’s late three-ball gave him a game-high 18, pushing his career total to 713. He is the 17th Wolf boy to top 700 points in the 101 years of CHS basketball.

His running mate, Spark, netted 15, which raises his season average to 11.1 points a night.

With Smith scoring at a 19.1 clip, the duo are combining to drop 30+ each game.

Lippo went off for six in support, while Toomey-Stout (5), Downes (4) and Dane Lucero (1) rounded out the scoring. Kyle Rockwell and Jered Brown also saw floor time.

Coupeville coach Brad Sherman would have preferred a win, but liked a lot of what he saw.

“Really thought we were going to pull that one out. Guys fought hard for that one,” he said. “Proud of that effort and their determination.

“Sultan shot the ball very well when they needed it and we just couldn’t respond there at the end.

“I thought our defense played well, mixing up looks and made it pretty hard on their guards at times,” Sherman added. “Boys did a nice job at the free throw line when it mattered. I love seeing that. A lot of positives heading into our next league game.”

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   Mason Grove tossed in 33 points Tuesday, with seven three-point bombs, in a narrow JV loss. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mason Grove has solved the Port Townsend defense.

Scorching the RedHawks for a second time in as many games this season, the Coupeville sophomore rained down 33 points, and seven three-balls, Tuesday in a narrow 56-52 road loss for the Wolf JV boys.

That performance comes on the heels of a 34-point, 10-trey showcase back in mid-Dec., and Grove will get a final run at PT Jan. 26.

While the loss drops the young Wolves to 0-2 in Olympic League play, 1-9 overall, they didn’t give up without a considerable fight.

“Heart breaker! Great battle right up to the end,” said CHS coach Chris Smith. “We had a number of chances to put the game on ice but just couldn’t get it done.”

If nothing else, the Wolves were remarkably precise, scoring exactly 13 points in each of the four quarters.

“The defense ran a zone press all game and that gave us a lot of offensive opportunities,” Smith said. “Mason flat-out went off.”

Grove mixed things up, scoring 11 in the first quarter while hitting just a single three-ball.

After that, he added nine, seven and six going forward, with his most productive stretch from behind the arc coming in the second quarter, when he rained down a trio of treys.

Ulrik Wells backed him up, banging down low for six points, while Alex Jimenez (3), Koa Davison (3), Daniel Olson (3), Jacobi Pilgrim (2) and Jean Lund-Olsen (2) also scored.

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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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   Mason Grove scored 34 points, with 10 three-pointers, in Tuesday’s JV game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mason Grove can shoot. End of story.

The Coupeville High School sophomore has a quick, deadly stroke from three-point land, something he has demonstrated all season.

Tuesday night, though, Grove took it to another level.

Raining down 10 (count ’em) three-balls, he had arguably the greatest single offensive game any Wolf JV player has ever recorded, scoring 34 points in a 59-48 loss to a high-powered Port Townsend squad.

The loss drops a young, mostly inexperienced CHS team to 1-4, but the Wolves didn’t fall easily.

Trailing 15-7 after one quarter of play, a period in which the offense came from Daniel Olson, Ulrik Wells and Jake Pease, Coupeville (and Grove) lit up the joint in the second.

It started with a trey from the top, and then the balls started falling from every direction.

By the time he was done, Grove had hit five three-balls in the quarter, scored 17 and helped keep the Wolves alive as the two teams battled to a 21-21 stalemate over eight furious minutes.

The few times the long-range shots weren’t falling, Pease cleaned the glass effectively, knocking down a pair of shots.

Three consecutive Grove treys to kick off the third quarter pulled CHS to within a single point at 38-37, but that was when the more-polished RedHawks began to assert themselves.

A 20-5 Port Townsend surge that began at the midway point of the third and crested late in the fourth doomed any chances of a Wolf win, but Coupeville stayed scrappy until the end.

Free throws from Wells and Grove helped, and then the fans, who had been counting down, got what they wanted when Grove splashed home his 10th three-ball in the final minute.

Coupeville’s record for a varsity game is seven treys, set by Gabe Wynn last season. Until then, Brad Sherman, the current CHS head coach, was the high man, with six during a 2001 game.

Grove’s 34 points, very likely a single-game scoring record for a JV game, were just 14 off the Wolf varsity record of 48, set by Jeff Stone (without the three-point line) way back in 1970.

Pease chipped in with six points Tuesday, while Wells and Olson knocked down three apiece.

Jean Lund-Olsen rounded out the scoring with a basket, while David Prescott, Alex Jimenez, Gavin Knoblich, Tucker Hall and Sage Downes saw floor time.

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   Jake Pease (left), seen here in an earlier game, was a beast on the boards Saturday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mason Grove has a love affair with the bottom of the net.

Continuing his hot early-season shooting, the Coupeville High School sophomore went for 19 points, including five three-balls, Saturday in a 52-34 loss at South Whidbey.

That gives him 22 treys through the first four games of the season for a Wolf JV squad which sits at 1-3.

Coupeville’s young guns came out strongly against the host Falcons, jumping to a 13-9 lead after one quarter of play.

The Wolves couldn’t keep it up, however, as South Whidbey used a 32-13 surge over the middle two quarters to take control of the game.

“We played tough and I am very proud of the guys and how we played,” said Coupeville JV coach Chris Smith. “We played hard all game and I just couldn’t outwit some of the adjustments they made to slow down our offense.”

While Grove has been the go-to man for the Wolves, Smith has been working on mixing things up, combining strong inside play with the rainbows from behind the arc.

“I like how we attempted to get our big guys involved in the offense,” he said. “Jake (Pease) and Jean (Lund-Olsen) were rebounding machines on both ends of the court.”

Lund-Olsen dropped in six points to back Grove, while Sage Downes (3), Pease (3), Ulrik Wells (2) and David Prescott (1) also etched their names in the book.

Alex Jimenez and Daniel Olson also saw floor time for the Wolves.

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