SPORTS: Wolves claim trophy: Sequim boys basketball grabs sixth place in 2A
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Sequim's Rory Kallappa attempts a shot against Burlington-Edison's Daron Browning (34) and Austin Van Herbulis (54) in the 2A fourth-place semifinals at the Yakima Valley SunDome on Friday.
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Sequim wraps up special seasonBy Lee Horton
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YAKIMA — Seldom-used senior Sequim guard Jedd Posadas stepped to the free-throw line Saturday after a technical foul was called on Clover Park for hanging on the rim after a dunk.
After Posadas made the first, and then the second, Sequim coach Greg Glasser flashed a big grin, despite his team trailing 73-45 with 2:14 to play in the game.
It was a moment that in many ways exemplified the 2012-13 Sequim Wolves, a tightknit group on and off the basketball court.
Glasser became emotional when asked after the game about Posadas' free throws.
“You're going to make me choke up,” Glasser said. “Just to see him go up there and do that . . .
“He hasn't complained at all.
"He hasn't played in I don't know how many games, and always has a smile on his face.
"So, I couldn't help but smile at him knocking them down.”
The Wolves were also a team of achievement this year.
Although its season ended with a 73-47 loss on Saturday, Sequim took home the sixth-place trophy from the 2A state tournament.
“This season's gone great,” Jayson Brocklesby said.
“We had some ups and downs. This is probably one of our [biggest] ups, though, because sixth place in state's pretty good.
“We set goals before the season to come to state, and we did that.”
The Wolves were able to complete the checklist they had for 2012-13.
“These guys set three goals before the season,” Glasser said.
“They wanted to be league champions, they wanted to place high at districts and they wanted to place at state.
“They did all three of those things.
"There's not too many teams in the state that can say they reached their goals.”
Only three other Sequim teams have placed higher in the state tournament than the Wolves did this year, and sixth is the school's best finish since the 1A state runner-up team of 1988.
“That's a big deal because we've had some really great teams come through here,” Gabe Carter said.
“I feel honored to be in a group like that.”
Carter and Brocklesby, two of Sequim's six seniors, both conclude historic careers.
Carter broke Derrin Doty's school rebounding record in January, and although it is not yet official, it is believed he also surpassed Ryan Kaps' career assist record on Saturday.
Brocklesby broke another of Kaps' records — the most games of scoring 30 points or more, which Brocklesby did six times this year.
Carter and Brocklesby have played basketball together since they were fifth-graders.
Glasser hopes their impact on the Sequim basketball program — along with fellow seniors Tim Guan, Andrew Shimer,
Donovan Lee and Posadas — will stretch beyond these last four seasons.
“Through all their hard work and time . . . they were able to reach their goals and get here to state their senior year,” Glasser said.
“Hopefully that sends a message and a ripple effect throughout the community and the kids who are playing [Sequim youth] basketball right now that if you work hard you can reach your goals.”
While noting the losses of Brocklesby and Carter, Glasser points out that the cupboard for next season isn't exactly bare.
The Wolves will return four players who either started or played significant minutes and made considerable contributions this year: juniors Anthony Pinza, Rory Kallappa, Erik Christensen and sophomore Alex Barry.
“I'm really going to miss our seniors. I've spent a lot of time with them working in the offseason,” Pinza said.
“But I'm looking forward to next year.
"We're getting a couple of our key guys back, and it'll be fun.”
Before departing the Yakima Valley SunDome on Saturday, Carter bid farewell to assistant coach Larry Hill and told him he would see him in class on Monday.
They won't be seeing nearly as much of each other in the gym after school, though.
“It hasn't hit me yet, because it seems like I'm going to go to practice on Monday,” Carter said of the end of his high school basketball career.
“But I'm not. This is my last game, this is my last time in a Sequim jersey.
“Even though we lost, I wouldn't want to go out with any other guys.
"I'm glad I have all these guys on my team with me.”
Sequim beat Burlington-Edison 52-47 on Friday before falling to Clover Park 73-47 on Saturday to finish.
The Wolves (22-6) opened the state tournament with a 59-56 loss to Renton on a 42-foot shot at the overtime buzzer on Thursday.
The sixth-place finish is Sequim's highest at state since the 1988 team took second, and the first placing since the 2001 team finished eighth.
Sequim 52, Burlington-Edison 49
In Friday's game, the Wolves held off a late charge by the Tigers courtesy of clutch free-throw shooting by a number of players.
Sequim also overcame a record-setting rebounding performance by Burlington-Edison center Austin Von Herbulis.
The 6-foot-7 Von Herbulis grabbed 27 rebounds to break the 2A state tournament record previously held by Brandon Klump of Cascade (Leavenworth), who had 24 rebounds in 1998.
Sequim's Jayson Brocklesby drew two fouls on Von Herbulis within 40 seconds of each other and made all four free throws to give the Wolves a 46-38 lead with 1:46 to play in the game.
Brocklesby was 10 for 15 at the free-throw line and scored a game-high 20 points, including 15 in the second half. He also had 10 rebounds.
The Tigers managed to decrease the deficit to two points at 49-47, but Anthony Pinza pushed Sequim's lead back up to four with a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left.
“Pinza's been shooting clutch free throws for us all year,” Sequim coach Greg Glasser said after the game.
“[Against Renton] we were in the game because he makes two big free throws, and then [this game] his shots were big again.”
With 13 seconds to play, a foul shot by Alex Barry made it 52-49, and Burlington-Edison's missed 3-pointer by Isaak Davies in the final second clinched the win for Sequim.
The Wolves went 11 for 14 at the free-throw line in the second half after making 6 of 11 in the first two quarters.
“That's all coaching, right?” Glasser joked about his team's late-game free-throw shooting.
“They've got great-looking shots, and you know they're going to go down eventually.”
Of Von Herbulis' 27 rebounds, 15 came off the offensive glass.
However, only two of those offensive rebounds came after halftime as the Wolves' rebounders managed to tip the ball away from Von Herbulis.
“He was tough because every time he got in a spot low to the basket, he was able to get a hand on the ball and tip it either to himself or a teammate,” Glasser said.
Von Herbulis' rebounding numbers were padded a bit by grabbing his own misses right at the hoop.
The Wolves weren't able to grab the rebounds, but they did distract Von Herbulis' shots.
He scored 13 points, but made just 6 of 18 from the field.
Sophomore Alex Barry scored eight points for Sequim and had five rebounds and two blocks, while Rory
Kallappa scored six and grabbed eight rebounds.
Senior Gabe Carter scored just one point, but pulled down 12 rebounds and had four assists.
“It's a great feeling to win at state because all the teams here are such high-quality teams,” Glasser said.
“Burlington is a very good team — they're big, they've got some good guards, too.”
Davies led the Tigers with 15 points.
Clover Park 73, Sequim 47
The Warriors took home the fourth-place trophy by beating the Wolves for the second time in less than two weeks.
Clover Park also beat Sequim 60-45 in the West Central District championship game at the ShoWare Center in Kent on Feb. 18.
“I want to play Clover Park 10 times next year,” Greg Glasser said.
“I think it's what our kids need, to see that type of defense, and that type of intensity, that type of quickness.
“If you do see that type of team, you're going to get better from it.”
The Warriors' full-court press overwhelmed Sequim early on, and Clover Park jumped out to a 11-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game.
Early in the second quarter, the Wolves got within 21-17 on a Jayson Brocklesby 3-pointer.
But a minute later, Brocklesby, Sequim's leading scorer, picked up his third foul and went to the bench for the remainder of the half.
The score was 25-17 when Brocklesby sat. By halftime, Clover Park's lead was up to 40-22.
The Warriors cruised from there, building up a lead as big as 31 points.
“There's no shame in the loss,” Glasser said. “We could have done a few things better, obviously.
“Even though the score wasn't [as close] as when we played them at the ShoWare Center, I actually thought we played a little bit better.
“We just didn't shoot the ball as well as we did there. We just missed too many shots.”
Playing Clover Park (22-7) again next year could prove even more daunting than it was for the Wolves this season.
The Warriors return most of their team, including David Crisp and Phillip Winston, who averaged 23.9 and 22.3 points per game, respectively.
Winston scored 23 points on Saturday, and Crisp added 16.
Xavier Means, one of the team's three seniors, had 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
“They're a really, really talented squad,” Sequim senior Gabe Carter said of the Warriors.
“I was surprised they lost to Anacortes, but anybody can beat anybody at the state tournament.
“I'm glad that we were one of the teams that got a trophy, though.”
Carter finished with seven points and seven rebounds in the last game of his high school career.
Brocklesby led the Wolves with 15 points, 10 in the second half.
Sophomore Alex Barry had another strong showing, finishing with eight points, while junior Rory Kallappa had five points and six rebounds.
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