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Coupeville rolls into playoffs

A basketball team making preparations for post-season competition should bring its “A” game to the table, especially in front of the hometown fans on Senior Night.

The Coupeville High School boys played their final regular season game of the campaign against the Cedarcrest Red Wolves Friday night — and what a game it was.

In front of a packed gymnasium, the Wolf Pack lit up the basket in the first quarter scoring 22 points, and went on to defeat Cedarcrest 49-39 to finish the regular season 7-7 in Cascade League games and 11-9 overall.

Coming off a 48-35 win over Archbishop Murphy Feb. 5, Coupeville coach Randy King said he was very pleased with the way the team played in its final two games.

“We played really well in tonight’s game and we’re starting to get there,” he said. “We had a lot of good moments and a lot of good things happened out there.”

Senior Alex Evans had the hot hand for the Wolves in the opening quarter, knocking down a trio of 3-point baskets.

“I just came out and kept shooting,” Evans said. “They kept feeding me the ball and the shots just kept going down. This was a big win for us going into the playoffs and a big morale booster.”

He finished the game with 13 points.

Brian Miller was a tough customer at both ends of the floor in his final regular season game, and recorded a double-double. The 6-foot, 7-inch senior scored a game-high 14 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked two shots.

After a fast start, the pace of the game slowed down and both teams managed to score just six points in the second quarter.

Coupeville was able to maintain its eight-point, 28-20, advantage at halftime.

Zepher Loesch opened the third period with a 3-point play to give the Wolves a double-digit, 31-20, lead, and the Red Wolves were never able to get any closer than five points for the remainder of the game.

“If we keep playing hard like we did tonight, I think we can make a big run in the playoffs,” Loesch said. “Hopefully we can stay explosive, continue to play hard on defense and attack the hole. If we take our time, we’re a good team.”

Loesch, a junior, tallied nine points for Coupeville and senior Kramer O’Keefe had eight.

“Our defense is improving a lot,” King said. “We held them to 39 points tonight and we held Archbishop Murphy to 35 in our last game. I was really pleased with that and that’s where we wanted to be at the start of the season. This is just how we want to be heading into the playoffs.”

Louie LeBate was the only player in double figures for Cedarcrest with 11 points.

Coupeville 49, Cedarcrest 39

Cedarcrest 14 6 13 6 — 39

Coupeville 22 6 12 9 — 49

Cedarcrest (39) — Louie LeBate 4 1-2 11, Cameron Pardon 3 2-3 8, Matt Coltom 2 2-2 7, Alex Fromm 3 0-2 6, Jake Leland 2 0-0 5, Travis Cook 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 5-9 39.

Coupeville (49) — Brian Miller 6 2-4 14, Alex Evans 5 0-0 13, Zepher Loesch 3 2-3 9, James Smith 0 1-2 1, Kramer O’Keefe 3 2-2 8, Cody Peters 2 0-2 4, J.D. Wilcox 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 7-13 49.

Three-point goals — Cedarcrest 4 (LeBate 2, Coltom, Leland); Coupeville 4 (Evans 3, Loesch). Turnovers — Cedarcrest 14, Coupeville 12. Total fouls — Cedarcrest 17, Coupeville 13. Fouled out — none.

Scores Feb. 8

Coupeville 49, Cedarcrest 39

Archbishop Murphy 63, Lakewood 38

King’s 87, Sultan 55

South Whidbey 51, Granite Falls 41

Cascade League boys basketball

Games through Feb. 8

Team League Overall

W L W L

King’s 14 0 16 4

Cedarcrest 8 5 13 7

So. Whidbey 7 5 11 7

ABM 7 6 9 10

Coupeville 7 7 11 9

Sultan 5 8 6 13

Granite Falls 2 10 5 13

Lakewood 2 11 4 15

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