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Wildcats snap losing streak

Surrounded by Coupeville defenders in the lane, Oak Harbor’s Mike Washington, Jr. passes the ball out of trouble. Washington scored a game-high 26 points in the Wildcats’ 63-51 victory that snapped a five-game losing streak.  - Tim Adams/Whidbey News-Times
Surrounded by Coupeville defenders in the lane, Oak Harbor’s Mike Washington, Jr. passes the ball out of trouble. Washington scored a game-high 26 points in the Wildcats’ 63-51 victory that snapped a five-game losing streak.
— image credit: Tim Adams/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville head basketball coach Randy King said everything that needed to be said: “We just had too much Mike Washington, Jr. today.”

The freshman point guard scored a game-high 26 points, including three consecutive 3-point baskets in the final 90 seconds of the third period, as the Wildcats notched their first victory of the season Wednesday afternoon with a 63-51 win over the Wolves.

The matchup was the final game of the abbreviated Santa Slam tournament that began Dec. 26, and the three-day wait was a big benefit to Oak Harbor.

After a 53-41 loss to Sedro-Woolley on Saturday, Oak Harbor coach Mike Washington said the team needed to make some changes and come up with some answers, and that’s exactly what the Wildcats did.

“We shuffled the lineup a little bit and moved Mike to point,” coach Washington said. “He handles the ball pretty well and sees the court pretty well, and we thought moving him to point would get him more shooting.”

The Wildcats held a 17-14 lead after the first eight minutes and were up by four points, 30-26, at halftime thanks to Aaron Boesch knocking down a basket at the buzzer.

“We worked hard the whole game and never gave up,” said Oak Harbor sophomore Jay Stout. “As soon as Aaron hit that last- second shot, we knew we were going to change it around and put it away.”

Coupeville shaved the lead to a single point late in the third quarter before Washington, Jr. unleashed his 3-point barrage to give Oak Harbor a 10-point advantage heading into the final period.

“He had a nice little streak there,” King said. “We didn’t have a lot of answers for him today.”

Washington scored 15 points in the third quarter and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the fourth period.

“I wasn’t really hitting anything in the first half,” he said. “I knew if I kept shooting they would start falling in the second half. It’s good to win and it sure feels better than a loss.”

Faced with defending against the Wolf Pack’s big man, Cody Peters, junior Rashaad Smith held the 6-foot, 5-inch senior to just 13 points.

“Our coach always tells us to play strong and play big, and that’s what I did,” he said.

Tim Walstad also scored 13 points for Coupeville and Jason Bagby was the third player in double figures with 11 points.

“Defensively, we played well,” coach Washington said. “We’ve played good defense in all our games except the first one of the season against Glacier Peak.”

Stout and Beaux Haley tallied nine points apiece for the Wildcats and Josh Fikse scored seven.

“All of their kids played well today and handled the pressure,” King said. “They did a nice job and it was a good game.”

Oak Harbor returns to WesCo North action Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Arlington.

Oak Harbor 63, Coupeville 51

Coupeville 14 12 12 13 — 51

Oak Harbor 17 13 18 15 — 63

Coupeville (51) — Cody Peters 4 5-10 13, Tim Walstad 6 1-3 13, Jason Bagby 4 2-4 11, J.D. Wilcox 1 3-4 4, Tyler King 0 0-0 0, Geoff Wacker 1 0-0 3, Ian Smith 0 2-2 2, Matt Potrich 0 1-2 1, Chad Brookhouse 0 0-0 0, Zeb Williams 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 14-26 51.

Oak Harbor (63) — Mike Washington Jr. 8 7-8 26, Jay Stout 3 3-3 9, Beaux Haley 4 0-0 9, John Fikse 2 3-3 7, Aaron Boesch 2 0-0 4, Rashaad Smith 1 2-4 4, Jimmy Edens 0 0-0 0, Zac Cole 1 0-0 2, Phil Nadrau 1 0-0 2, Stevie Bratt 0 0-0 0, Brooks Waller 0 0-0 0, Blake Schulle 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 15-18 63.

Three-point goals — Coupeville 3 (Peters, Wacker, Bagby), Oak Harbor 4 (Washington Jr. 3, Haley).

Total fouls — Coupeville 15, Oak Harbor 20. Fouled out — Wilcox.

Coupeville14121213—51

Oak Harbor17131815—63

Coupeville (51) — Cody Peters 4 5-10 13, Tim Walstad 6 1-3 13, Jason Bagby 4 2-4 11, J.D. Wilcox 1 3-4 4, Tyler King 0 0-0 0, Geoff Wacker 1 0-0 3, Ian Smith 0 2-2 2, Matt Potrich 0 1-2 1, Chad Brookhouse 0 0-0 0, Zeb Williams 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 14-26 51.

Oak Harbor (63) — Mike Washington Jr. 8 7-8 26, Jay Stout 3 3-3 9, Beaux Haley 4 0-0 9, John Fikse 2 3-3 7, Aaron Boesch 2 0-0 4, Rashaad Smith 1 2-4 4, Jimmy Edens 0 0-0 0, Zac Cole 1 0-0 2, Phil Nadrau 1 0-0 2, Stevie Bratt 0 0-0 0, Brooks Waller 0 0-0 0, Blake Schulle 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 15-18 63.

Three-point goals — Coupeville 3 (Peters, Wacker, Bagby), Oak Harbor 4 (Washington Jr. 3, Haley).

Total fouls — Coupeville 15, Oak Harbor 20. Fouled out — Wilcox.

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