Wolves Basketball C-Team 2004-05
& Brian Berg
2004-05 Sequim Wolves C-Team
C-Wolves Finish With Huge
Season Start Erased with 5-1 Finish
The C-Wolves closed out their season on February 10 against the
Cowboys from Chimacum in spectacular fashion, scoring a season
high 78 points and allowing only 33. Coach Rap was trying to keep
the boys playing hard without running up the score on an
overmatched opponent, but they were just too good to hold back.
They scored 18 points in each of the first three quarters and
finished with 24 in the 4th. Everyone scored, even Kevin Munro
who got out of his hospital bed to drain a 3 before being carried
off on a stretcher. (Just kidding, but he was pretty sick!)
Leading the scoring was Kai Antrim with 12. Nathan Fuentes had a
career high 10 points and locked up the title for Most Improved
Player during the season. Jeffery Catton, who collected one more
take-a-charge milkshake, and Joe Keeler, who did not, also had 10
points each. Kevin Torres got off another over-the-shoulder no
look pass to Kyle Brenske, and tallied 6 points. Brenske got 7
points, Greg Dunbar and Nick Allen had 6 a piece, and Mike
Silliman tossed in 4. Jacob Blume has been one of the hardest
workers in practice all year, and was rewarded by getting 4 points
and scoring the last basket of the season.
With the win the C-Wolves ended their season with an overall
record of 5 wins and 10 losses, but against their future foes in
the Nisqually League they were 5-1, for the best C-team record in
the league. After starting the season by losing the first 9
games, the turn-around was nothing less than amazing as they won 5
of their last 6 games. Coach Rap had high praise for the boys for
staying positive, working hard, and believing they were winners
for the whole season. Most teams lose some enthusiasm as the long
season nears its end, and often shorten practices. Not these
future Wolves. The last practice on Wednesday went 2 hours and 10
minutes, and the team didn't want to quit then.
It was a great season! The Sequim coaches are excited about the
way these guys finished the year. Coach Rap said it was his
favorite team ever (it's only his second year; don't tell last
year's team). JV Coach Art Green is looking forward to taking
them to team camp this summer. Before you know it, some of these
young men will be putting on the Purple and Gold for Head Coach
Brian Roper, and taking their turn on the Sequim Varsity. The
winning tradition of Sequim Basketball continues!
February 8, 2005
- Kaps Gym
hosted the Eagles from Life Christian on February 8 and racked up
another league win by a score of 37-21. The full court pressure
of the Wolves has become a lethal weapon as they forced the Eagles
into several turnovers that converted into easy points. Kai
Antrim led the scoring with 13 points, from a nice mix of fast
break lay ups and mid range jumpers. Kevin Torres had his best
game with 10 points, a couple of steals and some tenacious
defense. Point guard Jeffrey Catton was on the money with a
couple of long range passes for easy transition hoops, and tossed
in 3 points. Greg Dunbar had a solid game, leading the team in
rebounding and scoring 4 points. Joe Keeler and Kyle Brenske each
got a bucket, and Kevin Munro, playing even though he was sick,
nearly hit a 3 the only time he touched the ball. Nathan Fuentes
ended the scoring with a rebound put-back and-one for a nice three
point play. Catton collected another milkshake for taking a
charge, while Joe showed once again that he doesn't like
milkshakes by stepping out of the way at the last instant.
The C-Wolves are now 4-1 against Nisqually League opponents and
can claim the C-League title by beating Chimacum on Thursday.
Coach Rap is really pleased with the improvement in team play that
the boys have shown this year. Beating Chimacum would be a great
way to ice the cake.
February 5, 2005 -
C-Wolves hosted South Whidbey on Saturday February 5 and saw their
fledgling winning streak fly away in the Falcons talons as they
lost 31-37. It was a close game for all 32 minutes, and the
difference was free throws made by the Falcons in the last 2
minutes. Defensively both teams were tenacious, with easy baskets
few and far between. At halftime the Falcons led 14-10, their
points coming mostly from posting up the smaller Wolves. During
the break Coach R told the boys to switch to a 2-3 zone, and the
Falcons struggled with their outside shots, scoring only 6 in the
third quarter. At the end of three Sequim trailed by just one
point at 19-20, but the ball just wouldn't fall for them in the
Nathan Fuentes had 2 strong
rebounds and put-backs for 4 points. Greg Dunbar played well,
scoring 10 points and controlling the boards. The backcourt duo
of Antrim and Catton combined for 10 points, and Kevin Torres, Joe
Keeler, and Mike Silliman each tossed in one hoop. Nick Allen
completed the scoring with a free throw. Coach R had the quote of
the game when he told the referee after a really late call, "If
that was any later it would have been yesterday." Kevin Munro
said he thought it should have been "tomorrow", but agreed that it
though the winning streak ended, Coach Rap told the players that
it was a game they could feel good about. On to Forks on Monday,
then Life Christian and Chimacum at home on Tuesday and Wednesday.
3 In A Row, Wolves
Collar Bulldogs 55-35
February 2, 2005 Kaps Gym
Winning isn't everything, but it beats the heck out of losing. Facing
the Bulldogs from North Mason for the third time after splitting the
first two games the C-Wolves kept their winning streak alive as they
came out hot and took the rubber match by a score of 55-35. The
Bulldogs never were in this one as the Wolves jumped out to a 9-0 lead
on the way to 19-5 at the end of the first quarter. Leading rebounder
Greg Dunbar had to sit the second quarter out with three fouls, but
the team still cruised to a 31-15 lead at the half. Coach Rap was not
taking anything for granted and warned the boys at halftime to expect
North to make some runs in the second half. Even with his team
leading after three by a score of 43-26 Coach R said, "This is still
not out of reach." Take a chill pill coach, because this time there
was no let down as the Wolves continued to outplay the boys from
Belfair down the stretch, increasing the final margin to 20.
Highlights included Kyle Brenske's long 2 (must have had a toenail
over the line), and his hustle play that saw him make a steal, bobble
the ball, and end up sliding headfirst into the end wall trying to
save it. Awesome effort! Jacob Blume pulled down 4 rebounds, and put
the ball on the rim twice only to see it trickle off to the side.
Kevin Torres got a loose ball on his knees at the baseline and somehow
threw a strike over everyone to Brenske heading for our basket at half
court. Nathan Fuentes led a flurry of offensive rebounding in the
the scoring again was "Mr. Jump-Stop", Kai Antrim, with 19 points.
Dunbar and Mike Silliman had 8 a piece; Nick Allen and Torres had a
pair of 5's; birthday boy Jeffrey Catton and Joe Keeler had 4 each;
and Brenske tossed in the long 2. At the line the team was 7 for 12.
league games against Life Christian and Klahowya next week the
C-Wolves are in position to claim the League Title if they win out.
Next up is an early 3:15 game with South Whidbey this Saturday
Yo Ho Ho, C-Wolves
Plunder Pirates 45-40
January 25, 2005 -
They say once a
farm-dog starts eating chickens it's hard to break him of the
habit. Well, the C-Wolves have the taste of victory now, and it
looks like they are going to keep doing it. They took the long,
foggy ferry trip to Vashon Island and plundered the Pirate's
treasure by a score of 45-40. The game was a mirror image of
several early season losses where the Wolves got in a big hole
early and clawed their way back for the rest of the game. This
time they pulled away steadily through 3 quarters, taking a 37-23
lead into the last frame. But the Pirates had some powder left,
and started sending the Wolves to the line. The boys had been
pretty good through 3 quarters, hitting 9 of 16. But in crunch
time they went only 2 for 11, and the Pirates outscored them 17-8
in the 4th quarter. Coach R reminded his players after the game
that sometimes you win according to the score, but lose if your
effort isn't as good as your opponents' for the whole game.
transition game was good for the Wolves as the starting guards,
Catton and Antrim, combined for 27 points, mostly off fast
breaks. Nathan Fuentes had his best game of the year with several
rebounds, a couple of steals, 3 points and no traveling
violations! Greg Dunbar had some important rebounds down the
stretch, and 8 Wolves scored in the game.
up is a rematch with Forks. The winning streak is at 2 and
(The Day Before Inauguration
January 19, 2005
Coach Rap said it all as the
buzzer went off on the C-Wolves first victory of the season. He
looked at Coach Berg, turned around, and said "Take this monkey off
my back!" The Wolves had lost a heart-breaker in overtime at North
Mason back in December, and they came out Wednesday night committed
to getting the win, and they got the job done 55-50.
uninspired first quarter by the Wolves, the Bulldogs went on a run
and pushed the lead up to ten points. Coach R called a time out,
and for the first time really lit into the team. He said "Look you
guys, win or lose I don't care. But you have got to play hard all
the time!" Sometimes it works. The Wolves came out fired up, and
led by Kevin Torres's example fought back to within 2 by the break.
Kevin had a great steal and put-back right under the hoop that
really got the team going. Kai Antrim had 8 points in the 2nd
quarter, and finished with 18 to again lead all scorers.
At half-time Coach R told the
boys that they had finished the half well, but they needed to go out
with intensity and get the win. And they did. The Wolves outscored
the Bulldogs 25-18 in the second half. Jeffrey Catton bothered
their point guards all night with relentless pressure defense, and
threw in 8 points too. Greg Dunbar had a break-out game, scoring 16
points and playing tough and smart down the stretch. Mike Silliman
played most of the 4th quarter with 4 fouls, and came up with some
huge rebounds when we needed them the most. Joe Keeler put up 6
points on 3 soft jumpers. As the buzzer sounded the team celebrated
a well deserved victory, and received a standing ovation from the
crowd (OK, it was their parents) as they headed for the
Varsity Coach Brian Roper said after the game that he was really
pleased with the progress this team has made, and he complimented
them on staying together and putting each other up, not down,
through the long losing streak. Which is officially over!!
Bainbridge Snares Wolves 48-41
January 18, 2005, Kaps Gym
The C-Wolves took on Bainbridge for the third time, and they got
closer but couldn't get over the hump, losing by a score of 41-48.
The first half was excellent as the young Wolves beat the man to man
pressure easily, forcing the Spartans into committing 14 fouls
and making them drop back into a zone defense. Unfortunately the
Wolves went cold trying to shoot over it, and trailed at halftime
22-25. They stayed with Bainbridge in the second half, but just
couldn't put a run together to pull even. The team's leading scorer,
Kai Antrim, tossed in another 12 points, half from the charity
stripe. The clinic put on by 11 year-old Evan Hill during practice
last week definitely helped, as he showed the team how to shoot free
throws by drilling 8 in a row.
Kevin Munro hit a nice 3 in the 4th quarter. Greg Dunbar had 8 points
and some nice blocked shots. Coach R is still looking for Greg to
stand tall and take a charge. The Wolves dropped their three games
with Bainbridge by 21, 15, and 7 points and the improvement was not
lost on Coach Rap. He told the boys that they were playing good
enough to win, and the rematch with North Mason set for the next day
was going to be the one they've been working so hard for: their first
Forks Send Wolves
Home on Skidder 53-49
January 11, 2005
C-Wolves hosted Forks in a rematch of the third game of the season.
The Sequim boys fell in the first match 50-38 after leading at
halftime and were looking to take the Spartans down this time. For
three quarters they were on track to get that elusive first win as
they took an 8 point lead into the fourth quarter. Kai Antrim was
phenomenal, putting up 18 points through three quarters, and posting
20 for the game. Then in an all too familiar scenario they faltered
and the young Spartans roared back with an 18 point spurt to jump
ahead and take the game 53-49. Coach Rap observed that sometimes
learning how to play when you're ahead is hard. The team has learned
how to play from behind and catch up, but being ahead is still a new
Greg Dunbar had some nice blocks and tallied 9 points. Nick Allen had
7 and Jeffrey Catton tossed in 6. Coach R noticed we only got 2
points from our big guys in the post, and said we're going to need
more from them to get that number 1 in the "W" column.
December 18, 2004 - Kaps
January 6, in a rematch
the with the young Roughriders from PA, the C-Wolves continued to show
improvement, but came up short again on the scoreboard 47-33. The
boys from the Port were just a little bigger and stronger, and their
pressure defense created too many turnovers for the young Wolves. The
aggressive 'Riders sent the Wolves to the line for 30 free-throws, but
they only converted 14 into points. Coach Rap has set a team goal of
60%, and the boys are doing a lot of push-ups as they work to reach
it. Scoring was balanced as Jeffrey Catton, Joe Keeler, and Mike
Silliman each had 6, while Kai Antrim and Greg Dunbar had 5 each.
Coach R liked the pace of the fourth quarter when the Wolves were
pressing man-to-man full court, and he told the team that they'll be
doing a lot more of that from here on out. While the results in the
wins and losses columns are still disappointing, Coach Rap is still
pleased with the effort the boys are giving every game.
Spartans Gore Wolves 46-31
December 18, 2004 - Kaps
tipped it off with Bainbridge in Sequim Saturday, hoping to avenge a
loss from earlier in the week. Getting off to a better start the boys
played a good first half, trailing by three at the break. Bainbridge
used a half-court trapping defense that caused some problems in the 3rd
quarter when the Wolves got only a single bucket from Greg Dunbar, and
fell behind by 12. But after listening to Coach Rap’s adjustments
between the quarters, Joe Keeler came out with his best quarter of the
year, netting 6 points on some nifty moves down the lane. The Wolves
came up short 31-46, but Bainbridge has some huge kids for a C-team, and
Coach R was mainly pleased with his team’s effort. Dunbar and Antrim
both tossed in 7 points, and Kevin Torres had 4. Mike Silliman earned a
“take-a-charge” milkshake with some nice help defense in the paint.
C-Wolves are off for the Holiday Break, but they have a New Year’s
Resolution for their next game on January 4: Beat Chimacum!!
C-Wolves Knocking on Winning Door!!
(No Answer Yet)
December 17, 2004
- North Mason
The C-Wolves traveled to North Mason
on December 17 for their first game against a Nisqually League foe.
After an icy first quarter that saw Jeffrey Catton score the only 2
points for the team, they settled down and played their best game so
far. Going into the 4th quarter trailing by 5, the young
Wolves scrambled back with their full-court man-to-man press, out
scoring the Bulldog-pups 17-12. Trailing by one with less
than 5 seconds left, Kai Antrim drove the right side and was fouled in
the act of shooting as regulation time expired. Stepping to the line
with a chance to tie and win the game Kai drained the first free-throw,
making it 40-40, to guarantee at least overtime. As his teammates
watched intently, and the opposing fans went crazy making noise, Antrim
calmly arched the second free-throw into the hoop-only to see it hit the
back rim and bounce out. Overtime!
extra period the Bull-pups decided to make the Wolves win it from the
charity stripe, sending them to the line for ten free-throws.
Unfortunately they could only convert on 4, and lost the game 44-48.
Leading the scoring again was Antrim with 14 points, 7 coming in the 4th
quarter comeback. Catton had 11, and Greg Dunbar threw in 8. Kevin
Torres played solid again, and had a huge 3 pointer in the 4th
quarter. Overall the C-wolves were 17 for 36 from the free-throw line;
if they make just 5 more of those they win!
Coach R had high praise for the team after the game, saying that this
was the kind of game where you can feel like you won because of the
excellent effort, in spite of coming up short on the scoreboard.
C-Team Winning!! (At
December 14, 2004 - Bainbridge
The C-Wolves headed down the highway to Bainbridge
Island on Tuesday 12/14. Final results were not available at press
time, but in the 3rd quarter the young Wolves were leading the Spartans
31-29. Scoring was balanced, as 7 players got points in the book, led by
Greg Dunbar's 10. Joe Keeler and Kai Antrim both netted 6 points.
Jeffrey Catton handled the press well at the point and dished out some
pretty assists. Kevin Torres turned in another solid defensive effort
and added 4 points too. Matt Mustich was a force on the boards, pulling
down several rebounds and playing some tenacious D.
was pleased with the effort, but restated "We just need to put together
4 solid quarters in the same game."
December 10, 2004 - Kaps Gym, Sequim
For one half the C-Wolves continued
the improvement they showed in the second half of the PA game when they
hosted Forks, Friday. For the first half they were a well-oiled
machine, taking an 18-13 lead into half-time. Then the wheels fell
off. Several defensive miscues and some mental lapses allowed Forks to
take the lead by the end of the third quarter and coast to a 50-38 win.
Coach Rap talked about maintaining intensity for the whole game, not
just for a half.
There were some bright spots too.
Returning to spark the team’s effort was freshman Greg Dunbar, who
netted 10 points and some great blocks. Kai Antrim turned in another
strong game with 12 points and some good defense. Jeffrey Catton threw
in 9 points and also drew the first charge of the season, claiming the
first milk-shake reward from assistant coach Brian Berg. Kevin Torres
had a nice steal and took it coast-to-coast for the bucket.
Coach R told the team that they had
let one get away. They are fired up to get one in the W column soon.
The team traveled to PA on December
7 and got blitzed in the first half like the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor. At
halftime it was 41-14 for the young Roughriders. But Coach R rallied the troops
at halftime and they came out like a new team with fire in their eyes for the
second half. Playing a scrambling 2-3 zone led by the dervish-like efforts of
Kai Antrim and Jeffrey Catton the C-Wolves fought back, outscoring PA 27-17 in
the second half. Coach Rap waxed philosophically after the game that sometimes
you can win but really lose if you don’t give your best effort, and sometimes
you can lose according to the score but win because you gave it your all. Or
something like that. The game was much closer than the 58-41 final score
Leading scorers were Antrim with 14
pts and a pair of 3’s, Nick Allen with 9 sweet second-half points from the short
corner, and Catton with 7. Mike Silliman, who has been playing basketball only
6 months, continues to get better everyday. Kevin Torres had a solid game at
the 2-guard position.
Noticing that his team has been
out-fouled 36-19 in 2 games Coach Rap said “We’re just going to have to get more
The C-Wolves got off to a rocky
start at Franklin Pierce on Friday, 12/4, losing 61-34. The Cardinals had a
6’4” post player who lit it up for 18 points.
Coach Isaac Rapelje was pleased with
the team’s effort, but was quoted as saying “We have a lot to work on.” Leading
scorers for the C-Wolves were Jeffrey Catton with 13 pts. and Nick Allen with 8.