Boys basketball: Wolves pop PT, advance to tri-district

A strong finish helped the Coupeville High School boys basketball team put away host Port Townsend 49-41 Thursday, Feb. 10, and punch the Wolves' ticket to the tri-district tournament.

After winning two loser-out, play-in games in two days, Coupeville (10-12) now faces another loser-out contest in the first round of tri-district. The Wolves travel to the state's ninth-ranked 1A school, University Prep of North Seattle, Saturday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m.

The Pumas (18-4) were upset in the Emerald City League playoff championship game by Seattle Academy 49-34 Thursday.

University Prep defeated Coupeville 49-32 in a nonleague game Dec. 18.

The winner of the Coupeville-University Prep game advances to the double-elimination portion of the tournament and goes to Nooksack Valley Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.

Port Townsend led 8-7 after the first period, and then outscored the Wolves 15-8 in the second period to go ahead 23-15 at halftime.

The Redskins hit the first two hoops of the second half and upped its lead to 12. At that point Coupeville switched to a 2-3 zone and limited PT to only one point the remainder of the quarter.

When Ian Smith popped in a three at the third-quarter buzzer, Coupeville had its first lead, 30-28, since making the game's first basket.

Smith had six points in the third period, Ben Hayes five and Hunter Hammer four as the Wolves mounted their comeback.

In the final period, Coupeville pounded the ball into the 6-7 Hammer for eight points. Tyler King cemented the win with two fast-break buckets.

Smith led the Wolves' defense with four steals in the quarter, and Coupeville was on its way to tri-district.

Hammer finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Smith had 12 points and six steals, Hayes nine points and seven boards, King six points and Nevin Miranda three points.

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