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UPDATE | Spartans start season with a win over Sequim
It was raining three’s Tuesday night in the Bainbridge High gym, and the Sequim Wolves got drenched.
The Spartans used the deluge from downtown to win 84-67 in Bainbridge’s season opener in boys basketball at home. The Spartans sank 9-of-16 from beyond the arc, and finished with 30-for-63 shooting overall.
“I was overall really pleased,” said Spartan Coach Scott Orness.
“A lot of first games of the year are pretty sloppy,” he said, noting that the team went 2-for-9 from outside the arc in the first quarter.
“Once we got our focus on attacking the rim it really opened up some good shots from the perimeter,” Orness said.
Junior guard Joey Blacker paced the Spartans with 24 points and was the game’s high scorer. He had the Spartans’ two three-pointers in the first quarter, and Bainbridge led 16-12 at the end of the first stanza.
The Spartans pushed their lead to 40-28 at the half, but the Wolves kept it interesting. They rallied to cut a 56-44 Bainbridge lead to 56-50 at the end of the third quarter.
The Spartans kept their composure, however, and beat back the Wolves’ attack, outscoring Sequim 28-23 in the fourth quarter.
Blacker finished with four three-pointers and a career high in offense. He also shut down Gabe Carter, Sequim’s leading scorer, and held him scoreless in the first half and to only six points in the second.
Sophomore guard Trent Schulte contributed 20 points to the Spartan victory, and connected on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point land.
“Trent had a great game on the outside,” Orness said, adding that the sophomore guard has been having trouble with his shot but worked on it all this week.
“It’s really paid off,” the coach said.
Overall, Bainbridge shot 9-for-16 from behind the three-point line.
Blake Swanson and Oskar Dieterich knocked down 11 points each, and Nick Edens added eight for Bainbridge on 4-of-6 shooting. Swanson also had 10 assists.
The Spartans controlled the boards, and out-rebounded 41-24.
Bainbridge also took care of the ball, and had just 10 turnovers. The team goal is to have less than 15 per game.
Dieterich finished with 12 rebounds, while Blacker collected eight off the boards. Dieterich also finished the night with three blocked shots.