Playoff hopes dashed

It’s been a hot and cold season for the Coupeville boys basketball team.

When their outside shots were on, they were unbeatable. When they struggled from the perimeter, it often got ugly.

It was a case of both scenarios for the Wolves on Thursday night, as they were bumped from the playoff picture in an unusual three-team, loser-out tie-breaker at Oak Harbor High School.

The Wolves, who ended the regular season on Tuesday with a 5-5 league record, were deadlocked with both La Conner and Concrete for third place in the Northwest A. The tie resulted in a three-team playoff at a neutral site for the opportunity to play in a “pigtail” game against the Chinook league number three team today, Feb. 14.

Due to the rarity of the situation, each game was scheduled for two eight minute halves, with the possibility of four minute overtime periods.

“I can’t say that I’ve seen that before,” CHS head coach Randy King said. “That’s a first time for me.”

A pre-determined coin flip matched Concrete and Coupeville in the opening loser-out contest. The winner of the first game earned the right to play La Conner in the final loser-out game of the night.

Despite a bumpy start, Coupeville prevailed in game one, defeating Concrete 37-29 in a double-overtime thriller.

“That was a great contest between two evenly matched teams,” King said.

After only scoring two points in the first overtime period, the Wolves exploded for 14 in the next four-minute period.

Senior Alan Black, who had a team-high 16 points in game one, got things rolling for the Wolves in the second overtime. Black nailed his third three-pointer of the game on Coupevilles’ first possession, for a 26-23 lead. From that moment on CHS never surrendered the lead on its way to victory.

“The kids executed very well,” King said.

Sophomore’s J.J. Marti and Mike Bagby added seven and six points respectively in game one.


Coupeville 10 11 2 14—39

Concrete 6 15 2 6—27

Scoring—CV: Black 16, Marti 7, Bagby 6, Day 4, Mouw 3, Taylor 2.

La Conner 37, Coupeville 18

Waiting in the wings for an hour and a half, the La Conner Braves came out a focused team in game two.

La Conner never trailed against Coupeville, as they jumped out to a 6-0 advantage to start the game. The Braves ended the first half on a 9-0 run, nailing three straight three pointers for a 19-5 halftime score.

“That was the best I’ve seen them shoot the ball all season,” King said.

Coupeville, who shot 8-for-27 (29-percent) in the game, couldn’t work its way back into the contest in the second half. Marti hit a three-pointer to make the score 19-8 at the start of the second frame, but a suffocating La Conner defense didn’t allow them to get any closer than 11.

“They just pack it in so tight and they get out to the shooters so quick,” King said.

Although the season ended on a rough note, King is happy with what his young team was able to accomplish this season with a 10-10 overall record.

“I’m proud of them for winning 10 games,” he said. “I think there is a bunch to look forward to next year.”

Coupeville 5 13—18

La Conner 19 18—37

Scoring—CV: Marti 8, Mouw 5, Black 3, Day 2.

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