Third quarter woes hurt Wolves

If Coupeville boys basketball head coach Randy King had his way he wouldn’t even take a halftime break.

After setting the nets ablaze in the first half of Friday night’s game against Friday Harbor, the Wolves came out ice cold in the third quarter leading to a 71-62 loss.

“We went in and we sat on the bench and we really cooled down,” King said.

Coupeville only scored four points for the entire third quarter, and shot a combined 1 of 12 from the field. Senior Brad Sherman hit the Wolves’ first bucket with 2:10 remaining in the quarter. The only other Coupeville point came off senior Casey Clark’s free throw.

“That was a real tough quarter,” King said.

Until its third quarter collapse, Coupeville maintained a 38-32 lead at halftime. The team’s lead was built off the near flawless second-quarter shooting performance by senior Brian Fakkema. At one point in the second quarter, Fakkema scored 13 consecutive points for the Wolves, giving them a four point lead. He finished the quarter with 16 points, including three three-pointers and a three-point play.

“Brian just had an outstanding performance shooting in the second quarter,” King said. “That was unbelievable, he was on fire. It was a lot of fun to watch.”

Sherman also had an impressive second quarter scoring the team’s other nine points on three deep three-point shots.

Despite the third quarter struggle, Coupeville was still in the contest only trailing by five at the start of the fourth quarter. They just seemed to be unable to get that one score to put them over the top.

Trailing by as many as ten in the fourth, the Wolves kept battling back with three-point shots. Senior James Jorgenson hit two huge three-pointers on back-to-back possessions for the Wolves, keeping the game within reach. Freshman Michael Bagby and senior Casey Clark also hit three-point shots in the closing minutes of the game.

With 24.2 seconds left Sherman pulled the Wolves as close as they would get, skying over a defender for a lay-up and the foul. After hitting the free-throw, Coupeville was only down three, 65-62. However, the Wolverines’ ability to knock down their free throws allowed them to hold on to the lead. Friday Harbor finished the fourth quarter shooting 10 for 11 from the free-throw line, ruining any chances of a Wolves comeback.

Sherman ended the game with 27 points, including five three-pointers.

“Brad had a great game with his 27 points,” King said.

Fakkema followed with 18 points on three three-pointers.

It was the first league win of the season for the Wolverines. Previous the most they have lost a game by was the five points Coupeville beat them by earlier in the season.

“They’re capable of running the table,” King said. “They could be 5-5 at the end of the season.”

With the loss, the Wolves are 3-3 in league and remain one game behind Archbishop Murphy for the second spot in the Northwest 1A conference. La Conner is undefeated and in first place. Only the top two teams in the league will receive a district berth and with five league games remaining, virtually any one of five teams could receive the second and final spot.

“It’s a fight every night,” King said. “It really makes for a lot of fun.”

Next for Coupeville is a game at 5:15 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31 at Orcas Island, who as of Tuesday was only one-half game behind Coupeville.

Coupeville— 13 25 4 20—62

Friday Harbor—16 16 15 24—71

Scoring—CV: Sherman 27, Fakkema 18, Clark 9, Jorgenson 6, Bagby 3.

FH: Smith 22, Cowell 20, Andersen 13, Roberts 6, Herbert 4, Grah 4, Ryan 2.

Records: Coupeville 3-3 in league, 5-12 overall; Friday Harbor 1-4 in league, 2-8 overall.

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