The Coupeville High School boys basketball team lost the regular season finale to visiting King's 66-36 Friday, Feb. 1, but the result on the scoreboard doesn't reflect the effort left by the Wolves on the court.
Coupeville's Aaron Curtin ran into the baseline wall trying to save a loose ball during the final minute of the game with his team down 30 points. Even with three of their top player out with injuries and even with the game out of reach, the Wolves played full throttle.
"That's our M.O.," said coach Anthony Smith. "We are going to play hard. We are going to go after them, with mistakes or without mistakes. We are going to let them know they are in a battle."
He added, "The score isn't indicative of the game. We went in the game thinking we could beat them. "
King's (12-2, 15-5) came to Coupeville in first place of the Cascade Conference to face the one-win Wolves (0-14, 1-19). As expected, the Knights took control early and, as expected, Coupeville never quit.
King's led 15-7 after the first quarter and the lead grew to 22, 34-12, with 2:57 left in the half thanks to a handful of transition baskets from Coupeville turnovers against the Knights' press. It was 35-19 at the break.
Coupeville finished the game with 33 turnovers to King's 12.
Once King's went up by 20, Coupeville held its own until the final moments when the Knights finished the game on a 15-2 run.
Caleb Valko hit the first two baskets of the second half and the Wolves were within 12, 35-23. The Knights recovered and led 48-29 at the end of the quarter.
The Wolves were hurt by fouls, with three of its eight players fouling out and another finishing the game with four fouls.
King's hit 22 of 35 free throws. Coupeville was 9-for-15.
Nick Streubel led Coupeville scorers with 10 points. Curtin had seven, Wiley Hesselgrave six, Valko five, Morgan Payne four and Carson Risner four.
Before the game, Coupeville honored seniors Valko and Drew Chan.
The Wolves head off to district tournament play and face the No. 1 seed, Lynden Christian (15-5), at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Lynden.