Wolves knock off MVC; team moves to 4-1 behind Sherman's 27 points

The Coupeville Wolves boys basketball team doesn’t have a different leading scorer every game, it just seems that way.

It was junior shooting guard Brad Sherman’s turn on Tuesday. Sherman poured in 27 points to lead the Wolves to a 70-57 non-conference victory over Mount Vernon Christian.

“Brad had a good game, he was hitting on all cylinders,” said head coach Randy King. “He had three three-pointers, and he could do anything all game. It was all going in for him.”

Sherman dueled with Mount Vernon Christian’s Kris VanderKooy all game long. VanderKooy, also a junior, finished the game with 28 points. The difference was that Sherman had a supporting cast to back him up, while the Hurricane guard had to do everything himself. MVC would isolate VanderKooy and let him create either with an outside shot or a drive to the basket.

“He was pretty much a one-man show,” King said. “With him and Brad it was a pretty exciting game between two junior guards. Brad got all his points through the offense, while with their kid they were running every play for him.”

The Wolves had two additional players in double figures, seniors Geoff Hageman with 15 points and Chris Good who contributed 14 points and 14 boards. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t sure until game time that he would be able to play. Good suffered a leg injury in the Wolves’ win against Overlake last week, but he was able to suit up against the Hurricanes.

“Geoff Hageman had his best game of the year,” said King. “And Chris wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to go. He wasn’t 100 percent, but it was nice to have him out there. We got him some baskets near the end.”

After a 19-19 first quarter in which VanderKooy drilled three of his four three-point field goals on the night, the Wolves were able to break the game open by gaining an eight-point advantage in the second period. During the second, Coupeville controlled the Hurricanes by switching up their defense. They held Mount Vernon Christian to just three field goals with two of them coming in the final 10 seconds before halftime.

“We mixed up our defense and shut them down,” said King. “We figured out where No. 35 (VanderKooy) was. We threw some different guys at him and played some zone. ”

MVC wasn’t able to figure out the Coupeville zone and the Wolves took it from there, maintaining their lead until the end of the game.

“Their club played pretty well especially in the first quarter, but they never really threatened in the second half,” King said. “We played a nice passing game and really moved the ball well. They tried to press us and we broke it.”

The contest was held at the Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, where the larger playing floor was an advantage for the Wolves.

“It was nice to play on the big floor. We could spread them out and that makes our offense more effective. There’s more room between the guards and forwards, that way you have to pick your poison. Our guards had a real nice game. A lot of kids contributed.”

Coupeville traveled to Sequim to face the 3A Wolves last night. Results will be in next Wednesdays edition of the News-Times. Next Tuesday the squad hosts the Darrington Loggers with tipoff at 7:30 p.m.

Coupeville 70, MVC 57

At Skagit Valley C.C.

Coupeville – 19 18 17 16 – 70

MVC – 19 10 14 14 – 57

Coupeville: Clark 5, Sherman 27, Meek 3, Hageman 15, Callahan 4, Kelley 2, Good 14 MVC leading scorer: VanderKooy 28

Records: Coupeville: 0-0 in league, 3-1 overall; MVC 0-0, 0-5

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