SPORTS: Port Angeles holds off spirited Chimacum in boys basketball action at Crush in the Slush tournament; other prep reports

PORT TOWNSEND — Ian Ward and Colin Wheeler combined for 35 points to spark the Port Angeles boys basketball team to a nonleague victory over Chimacum at the fifth annual Crush in the Slush tournament Wednesday.

Ward swished the nets for 20 points and Wheeler added 15 as the Class 2A Roughriders held off the game 1A Cowboys 62-51.

It was the second round of the 14-team boys and girls tournament. The Riders (9-2) lost 88-76 to 4A Puyallup and the Cowboys (3-4) lost 51-41 to archrival Port Townsend on Tuesday.

In Wednesday’s game, Chimacum shot out to a 7-2 lead but Port Angeles chipped back and took an 8-7 advantage and never trailed after that.

“Chimacum came out and played with a lot of intensity and hit a couple of big shots,” Port Angeles coach Wes Armstrong said.

“They hung around and played us pretty tough.”

The Riders led 15-10 at the end of one quarter and 29-22 at halftime.

“Port Angeles is a good team,” Chimacum coach Jim Eldridge said. “They gave us a good test.”

Ward and Wheeler made the big shots for the Riders.

“They played very well,” Armstrong said.

Ward had a double-double with 10 rebounds while Wheeler also dished out a team-high four assists.

Armstrong also was impressed with the play of Keenen Walker.

“Keenen came off the bench and had a couple of great defensive plays and he hit a couple of key baskets for us,” Armstrong said.

Walker ended up with nine points.

Chimacum ace Landon Cray led the Cowboys with 17 points while Dylan Brown-Bishop was right behind with 15.

The Riders now have more than a week off before they play Kingston for a share of first place in the Olympic League on Friday, Jan. 7.

The Buccaneers are 6-0 in league while the Riders are 6-1.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, get back into Nisqually League play Tuesday at Seattle Christian.

Port Angeles 62, Chimacum 51

Port Angeles 15 14 16 17 — 62

Chimacum 10 12 14 15 — 51

Individual Scoring

Port Angeles (62)

Ward 20, Wheeler 15, Porter 1, Phair 1, Walker 9, Antioquia 5, McCartney 4, Smith 5, Marshall 2.

Chimacum (51)

Cray 17, Brown-Bishop 15, Eldridge 7, Miller 2, Ajax 2, Riggle 6, Mannix 2.

Eatonville 40, Port Townsend 28

PORT TOWNSEND — The Class 2A Cruisers held off 1A host Redskins in the second round of the Crush in the Slush basketball tournament Wednesday night.

Eatonville, which beat Sequim the day before in the tourney, had a 20-12 lead at halftime and never trailed after that.

“We couldn’t drop a peanut in the ocean,” Port Townsend coach Tom Webster said.

“We missed a lot of wide-open shots,” Webster added. “We did play good defense, though.”

Eatonville guard Erik Swartout was the game’s leading scorer with 14 points.

“We held him way below his average,” Webster said.

Port Townsend, 2-8 overall, next plays Bremerton in an Olympic League game Tuesday.

Eatonville 40, Port Townsend 28

Eatonville 7 13 8 12 — 40

Port Townsend 6 6 6 10 — 28

Individual Scoring

Eatonville (40)

Hancock 10, Swartout 14, Need 2, Schmidt 3, Davis 6, Waddles 5.

Port Townsend (28)

Thielk 5, DeBerry 9, Juran 2, Solvik 7, Kelly 5.

Sequim 70, Orting 52

PORT TOWNSEND — The Wolves (5-1, 9-2) took control early on as they extended their lead to 25 points at halftime over the Cardinals at the Crush in the Slush tournament Wednesday morning.

“Overall, I am pleased with the way we played,” Sequim coach Greg Glasser said.

“We did a great job executing and controlled the whole rest of the game.”

Corbin Webb led Sequim with 24 points as the game’s leading scorer as well.

Sequim next hosts Olympic League-leading Kingston (6-0 in conference) on Tuesday starting at 7 p.m.

Sequim 70, Orting 52

Orting 25 24 9 12 — 52

Sequim 12 12 14 14 — 70

Individual Scoring

Orting (52)

Fox 13, Rios 9, Chandler 9, Moreno 8.

Sequim (70)

Webb 24, Brocklesby 12, Carter 9, Guan 6, Hill 6, Meier 6.

Forks 41, Rainier Chr. 32

OCEAN SHORES — The Spartans (1-1, 4-3) were able to hold off the Rainier Christian Mustangs after a rough two-point second quarter on Wednesday morning at the North Beach Invitational.

“We started out great, then had a terrible second quarter,” Forks coach Scott Justus said.

“Then we turned it on and were able to show some character and overcome the adversity.”

Frank Noles led Forks with a double-double, scoring 13 points along with 14 rebounds, four steals and two assists while having to sit for a portion of the game because of foul trouble.

The Spartans next face host the Hyaks of North Beach High School today for the tournament championship starting at 5:30 p.m.

Forks 41, Rainier Christian 32

Rainier Chr. 10 7 4 11 — 32

Forks 17 2 17 10 — 41

Individual Scoring

Rainier Christian (32)

G. Green 15, S. Green 6, Helmer 4, Olsen 3, McIntre 2, Watson 2.

Forks (41)

Noles 13, Decker 8, Castellano 6, Watson 4, J. Penn 4, T. Penn 4.

Girls Basketball Chimacum 50, Seattle Acad. 40

PORT TOWNSEND — Freshman Lauren Thacker stepped up to lead the Cowboys (1-1, 2-6) to a victory over the Seattle Academy Cardinals, scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter at the Crush in the Slush tournament on Wednesday afternoon.

“We are a young team and are improving really fast,” Chimacum coach Brad Burlingame said.

“And we are on track for a playoff spot.”

Thacker led her team with a total of 19 points, 12 rebounds and three steals as the game’s leading scorer as well.

Chimacum next travels to Seattle Christian High School on Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. in Nisqually League action.

Chimacum 50, Seattle Academy 40

Seattle Acad. 10 15 12 13 — 40

Chimacum 10 14 7 9 — 50

Individual Scoring

Seattle Academy (40)

Reynolds 14, Perlin 13, Taylor 5, Brooks 4, Pickering 2.

Chimacum (50)

Thacker 19, Castillo 11, Cossel 7, Nelson 4, Hathaway 3, Johnson 2, Baird 2.

More in Sports

Ryana Moss, Neah Bay girls basketball.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Ryana Moss, Neah Bay girls basketball

Neah Bay’s Ryana Moss is a big part of the reason that… Continue reading

Scarlett Sullivan of Port Angeles competes in the bars at the state gymnastics meet at Sammamish High School. (Kevin Hanson/Enumclaw Courier-Herald)
STATE GYMNASTICS: (Updated) Trio of area gymnasts compete at state

The Sequim and Port Angeles gymnastics teams got three gymnasts… Continue reading

Peninsula Pirates.
COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Pirates face potentially muddy playoff scenarios

However, if the Pirates win, they can avoid tiebreaking mess

WEST COAST LEAGUE: All-star game to be played in Bellingham

The West Coast League unveiled its plans for the highly… Continue reading

Peninsula's Jenilee Donovan sets up for a trey as Everett's Jada Andresen looks on during Saturday's home finale in Port Angeles.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: PC women win as records fall

Jenilee Donovan hits eight 3-pointers

Peninsula's Ese Onakpoma, left, shoulders into Everett's Derek Smith on Saturday in Port Angeles.
MEN’S BASKETBALL: Peninsula College still in hunt for postseason berth

The Peninsula College men’s basketball team came back with… Continue reading