Sequim boys 51, North Kitsap 48
(Poulsbo) -- The Sequim boys basketball team got some clutch free-throw shooting from senior Jeremie Oliver as the Wolves downed the North Kitsap Vikings 51-48 in Poulsbo Tuesday night.
Oliver scored Sequim's final six points, hitting both ends of three consecutive one-and-one opportunities.
The fourth quarter comeback win for Sequim elevated the Wolves into a tie with Kingston for the top 2A Olympic League seed to the district tournament.
Sequim and Kingston are both 9-5 in league play with two games remaining, after Kingston lost 59-52 Tuesday at Olympic.
The Bucs would have the tiebreaker over Sequim with two victories against the Wolves this season.
North Mason lost at Port Angeles Tuesday 61-54, dropping the Bulldogs a game behind the frontrunners at 8-6.
After a nip-and-tuck start where the Vikings led 15-12 at the first quarter break, North Kitsap pushed ahead to a nine-point advantage 22-13 with 4 minutes left in the opening half.
Sequim closed on a 7-0 run trailed by just two -- 22-20 -- with 1:45 before intermission.
Oliver set off the streak with a pair of easy baskets off Viking turnovers.
NK led 35-20 at the break and 36-31 going to the fourth quarter.
John Textor scored 12 of his game-high 17 points in the second half.
The Wolves tightened their defense and rebounding in the final stanza and took the lead 39-38 with 3:37 left on Josh McMinn's basket.
A pair of costly NK turnovers led to consecutive Sequim hoops as the Wolves pulled ahead by five with 45-40 with a minute to go.
The Vikings tried to foul their way back into the game, but the strategy was spoiled by Oliver's free throw shooting heroics.
North's Berkley Nilles banked in a 23-foot bomb from the right wing, closing to 45-43 with 40 seconds to go.
Oliver was fouled in backcourt and hit both ends of the one-and-one, making it 47-43.
Jordan Seth cut it to 47-45 with 20 seconds remaining.
The Vikings sent Oliver back to the stripe, where he hit two more for a 49-45 Sequim advantage.
NK's Austin Abrahamsen hit the last North trey with 8 seconds left, cutting it 49-48.
Nilles and Abrahamsen shared team-high honors for the Vikings with 11 points apiece.
Oliver's last pair of charity tosses was perfect -- he finished the game 9 for 10 -- making it 51-48, the final score as North's desperation shot was missed at the buzzer.
Sequim nailed 13-of-19 from the line for the game, 11 of 13 in the second half.
Tuesday night's contest was the ninth Sequim game decided by fewer than 4 points this season.
Sequim travels to Belfair Friday night for a key 2A Olympic League matchup with the North Mason Bulldogs. Listen live online with a click of the Sequim Wolves banner at www.konp.com!
Score by Quarters:
SQ 12 8 11 20 - 51
NK 15 10 11 12 - 48
Sequim (51) -- Kenny Meier, Michael Dunning 5, Corbin Webb 4, Nick Camporini, John Textor 17, Clancy Catelli, Jeremie Oliver 15, Josh McMinn 4, Frank Catelli 6.
North Kitsap (48) -- Austin Abrahamsen 11, Berkley Nilles 11, Sheldon Drake 2, Tolen McGregor 4, Pat Mullen, Jordan Seth 8, Brandyn Winkley 8, Joey Patton, Will Nguyen, David Stock 4.
Ties 4, Lead Changes 11.
JV: NK won 52-40
C Team: NK won 44-38
Girls game at Sequim: NK 55, Sequim 41.