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Injury puts pall over Coupeville game | Boys basketball

Whidbey News-Times Sports editor
January 28, 2013 · 9:18 AM

The outcome of the boys basketball game between Archbishop Murphy and host Coupeville Friday, Jan. 25, became secondary when the Wolves' Aaron Trumbull suffered a scary fall and head injury just before halftime.

Saturday morning Coupeville coach Anthony Smith said Trumbull will be "okay."

Trumbull's mother, Shelli, said in an email Monday that Aaron "has a concussion, but he is doing well. We are thankful it wasn't more serious." He will miss the remainder of the season.

Aaron Trumbull, who was defending on a fast break, jumped to block a shot and was undercut by the ATM shooter. Trumbull went parallel with the ground and hit his head on the floor.

Smith called the scene "horrific."

After being checked out by paramedics, Trumbull was taken to Whidbey General Hospital for observation. He was released Friday night.

The Wolves' injury list keeps growing. Starter Gavin O'Keefe has been out since breaking a bone the first week of the season. Leading scorer Ben Etzell missed his second straight game with a staph infection. Several others have missed games because of illness.

Archbishop Murphy (8-4, 10-5) won Friday's game 68-28.

Smith said, "They improved since the first time we played them. They really get up and down the floor."

The Wildcats used their fast break to zip to a 23-5 first-quarter lead.

Coupeville hung with ATM the second quarter, being outscored 18-14, but struggled in the second half after Trumbull's injury.

"After Aaron went down," Smith said, "it took the wind out of our sails."

The Wildcats led 41-19 at halftime and 59-23 after three periods.

Smith said Nick Streubel and Aaron Curtin played well for the Wolves. Streubel scored 10 points and snared seven rebounds. Curtin added seven points and seven boards.

Morgan Payne finished with five points, Caleb Valko four and Cason Risner two.

Joel Walstad and Wiley Hesselgrave moved up from the junior varsity and saw some varsity time, Smith said.

Coupeville (0-12, 1-17) travels to Granite Falls (4-8, 8-10) Tuesday, Jan. 29, and then finishes the regular season at home at 7 p.m. with King's (10-2, 13-5) Friday, Feb. 1.




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