Sequim boys win overtime thriller at Olympic
January 18th, 2014 - 1:28am
(Silverdale) -- Sequim erased a 10 point fourth quarter Olympic lead and forced the game into overtime, where the Wolves won a 57-55 thriller over the Trojans at Olympic Gymnasium Friday night.
The victory keeps the Wolves in second place in the Olympic League standings, two games ahead of Olympic, Port Angeles and Kingston.
Alex Barry scored 18 points for the Wolves, including 4 in the extra session, hitting a pair of freebies with 12.8 seconds remaining that put Sequim ahead 57-53.
The Trojans' Makaleb McInnis missed a triple, but canned a 14-footer off his own rebound and was fouled by the Wolves' Vance Willis with 1.4 seconds left in OT, cutting the Sequim lead to 57-55.
McInnis' intentional free throw miss caromed off the rim into the left corner, where Shane Matheny's desperation heave sailed clean of the iron as the klaxon sounded.
Sequim was playing Friday without its second leading scorer, Rory Kallappa, who injured his back Wednesday night at Port Townsend.
The Wolves led after 11-8 after one quarter as Erik Christensen had 4 points.
The Trojans went ahead for the first time with 3:40 remaining until halftime on a basket by Jumier Johnson.
The lead changed hands four more times before Olympic ended the half on a 5-0 streak, taking a 25-20 advantage to the locker room.
In the third period, Olympic's McInnis scored 8 of his 9 points, including a pair of triples, the last extending the Trojans to a 35-27 bulge with 4:12 left.
Sequim was able to chop the deficit to 37-34 by the end of the period as Josh McConnaughey had a pair of hoops and Barry scored 7 markers in the frame.
Things looked grim for Sequim after Christensen fouled out with 5:17 left in the fourth quarter and Shane Matheny downed a pair of free throws, putting the hosts up 47-37.
However, the Wolves played rock solid defense the rest of the way, giving up just four more points in regulation.
Anthony Pinza scored 9 of his 13 points in the fourth, including a pair of charity tosses with 4:12 left that cut the deficit to 47-41.
Junior Alex Rutherford dropped a jumper with 2:55 remaining as the Wolves closed to within 47-43.
In the heart-stopping final minute of regulation, Alex Barry canned a shot with 55 seconds left that narrowed it to 51-49.
Pinza put the finishing touches on the comeback with a drive to the hoop, tying the contest at 51 with 6 seconds remaining.
A final Trojans shot went awry and the game went to the first extra session of the season for both squads.
Barry missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity with 3:33 left, but the 6-8 McConnaughey tipped the ball in for the Wolves on the rebound and Sequim was ahead 55-53.
McConnaughey had a career-high 10 points.
Barry knocked in a basket with 2:53, putting Sequim up 55-51.
Darren Towne converted 2 free throws at the 2 minute mark of OT, closing Olympic to 55-53.
Towne and Jumier Johnson paced the Trojans with 8 points each.
Olympic's Michael Lawver and Kyle Setten had a team-high 11 points apiece.
Olympic (8-6 overall, 6-4 in Olympic League play) will be at Port Townsend Tuesday.
Sequim (10-4 overall, 8-2 in Olympic League play) will be idle Tuesday night with a bye on the schedule before hosting Kingston Friday.
A free mp3 download of last night's Sequim - Olympic basketball game is available online at SequimSports.com.
Scoring by Period:
Seq - 11 09 14 17 6 -- 57
Oly - 08 17 12 14 4 -- 55
Sequim (57) -- Anthony Pinza 13, Jesse Francis, Alex Barry 18, Alex Rutherford 2, Vance Willis 6, Erik Christensen 4, Josh McConnaughey 10, George Johnson 4.
Olympic (55) -- Shane Matheny 2, TJ Mosely 6, Michael Lawver 9, Makaleb McInnis 11, Keshun McGee, Kyle Setten 11, Darren Towne 8, Jumier Johnson 8.
Junior Varsity: Olympic 61, Sequim 39.
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