Ethan Spark looks through a sea of North Mason hands for a passing lane.	(Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Ethan Spark looks through a sea of North Mason hands for a passing lane. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Bulldogs sneak by Coupeville in overtime / Boys basketball

The North Mason High School boys basketball team escaped Coupeville with a 63-61 overtime win in a non-league game Friday, Jan. 5.

Coupeville’s home game with Klahowya Saturday, Jan. 6, was postponed because no officials showed up for the contest.

The North Mason game featured several big swings in momentum and comebacks by both teams.

Coupeville needed to score 4 points in the final half minute of regulation to send the game into overtime, but couldn’t recover from an 8-point deficit in OT to claim the win over the Bulldogs from Belfair.

The Wolves’ scrappy defense forced several first-quarter turnovers, and Coupeville zipped to a 17-5 lead. The difference was 18-11 at the end of the period.

North Mason (4-7) went on 15-2 run to knot the score at 20 midway through the second quarter, then Coupeville eased to a 27-23 lead at the break.

The Bulldogs dominated the third quarter like the Wolves controlled the first, outscoring Coupeville 14-6 and taking a 37-33 lead into the final frame.

North Mason, behind the hot hand of Trey Fisher, led 53-49 with 25 second left in regulation. Fisher scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and all of his game high 22 after halftime.

Hunter Smith sank two free throws to make it 53-51, then with eight seconds left, Hunter Downes came up with a steal on an inbounds play and fed Smith for the tying bucket.

The Bulldogs began the extra period with a pair of three-balls and pushed the lead to eight. Ethan Spark rallied Coupeville with a three-pointer and two foul shots, but the Bulldogs iced the game with a pair of free throws after hitting only seven of 18 to that point.

Coupeville’s offense was centered around three players. Spark ended with 20 points and five three-balls, and Smith and Joey Lippo each scored 18. Downes added 3 points and Kyle Rockwell 2.

Downes chipped in with 10 rebounds, six at the offensive end; Spark had five rebounds and five assists; Smith came up with four steals and five assists; and Lippo finished with five boards and two steals.

Ryan Pearson backed Fisher with 19 points.

Coupeville (1-0, 3-7) heads to Port Townsend (3-1, 6-5) for an Olympic League game at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Hunter Downes, left, fights North Mason’s Ryan Pearson for rebounding postion on a free throw. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Hunter Downes, left, fights North Mason’s Ryan Pearson for rebounding postion on a free throw. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Kyle Rockwell puts up a jumper against North Mason Friday.	(Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Kyle Rockwell puts up a jumper against North Mason Friday. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Coupeville’s Hunter Smith (4) deals with heavy defensive pressure.	(Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Coupeville’s Hunter Smith (4) deals with heavy defensive pressure. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

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