Coupeville boys roll by Sultan

After a season of many close games, it’s nice to get an easy win once and awhile.

The Coupeville boys basketball team ran over visiting Sultan 76-45 Tuesday.

Coupeville coach Randy King said, in reference to the rout, “It’s great for the kids and fun for the fans.” And, undoubtedly, the coach.

The Wolves (10-3, 15-5) wrap up the regular season at home Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. against Lakewood (5-6, 6-11). Next Tuesday, Feb. 16, they will host the first round of the district playoffs in a loser-out game with Nooksack Valley (9-10) of the Northwest Conference at 7 p.m.

Sultan scored the first basket of the game for its only lead. After two hoops by JD Wilcox and another by Hunter Hammer off a nice feed from Tyler King, the Wolves were off and running. They led 22-14 at the end of the first quarter, 41-20 at the half and 62-32 after three periods.

Whether attacking the hoop off the dribble, posting up or getting open looks from the outside, Coupeville had little trouble generating offense from throughout the lineup. The Wolves’ offense also took care of the ball and committed only six turnovers.

Jason Bagby led the way with 16 points. Hammer netted 12, Ian Smith 11, Wilcox nine, Chad Brookhouse nine, Erik King eight, Tim Walstad six and Tyler King five.

Hammer also grabbed nine rebounds and Walstad six.

The Wolves had 21 assists, led by Tyler King with an impressive 10.

Coach King said, “I thought Erik King played well, and Tyler (King, the coach’s son) had one of his best games.”

While the Coupeville offense was rolling, its defense stymied the Turks. When it was pointed out that Sultan had a poor shooting night, coach King said, “I would like to think that we had something to do with that.”

King said he added some new wrinkles to the offense this week and he was glad to see his club’s execution. He said, “We ran it for the first time and it was effective.”

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