Sultan takes advantage of Wolves’ scoring droughts / Boys basketball

Two dry spells turned out to be the difference in Coupeville High School’s 47-36 boys basketball loss to visiting Sultan Friday, Dec. 2.

The Wolves led 10-7 after one quarter then went scoreless for the first five minutes of the second period and trailed 18-14 at halftime.

Ethan Spark sank a three-ball to start the second half, but Coupeville went cold again, this time suffering through a 13-2 run by Sultan.

The Turks built a 12-lead in the four quarter, then the Wolves scrapped their way back to within four, 37-33, before Sultan hit two second-chance hoops to stop the rally.

Cold shooting wasn’t Coupeville’s only problem, the Wolves were burned by 28 turnovers. Sultan also used sharp backdoor cuts to score several easy hoops out of its half-court offense.

For the game, Gabe Wynn paced the Coupeville offense with 15 points before fouling out. Hunter Smith and Spark added 7 each; while Joey Lippo, Steven Cope and Hunter Downes had 2 apiece. Ariah Bepler sank a free throw.

Sultan’s Elias Lopez recorded a game-high 20 points with the help of a trio of three-points and seven free throws.

Coupeville (0-2) begins Olympic League play this week, going to Chimacum (0-2) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, and Klahowya (0-3) at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

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