Wrangell varsity gives up two to Craig
The Wolves basketball squad lost two hard fought games last weekend as the Craig Panthers rolled to victories on Wrangell’s home court.
On Friday night, the Wolves led most of the game and came close to a win as they fell by a 56-50 final score, with senior Ryan Reeves blasting through for 20 points on the night – outstripping even Craig’s best offensive player who shot for 18 points. Reeves also went 11-for-14 from the line and dropped five deuces during the game.
Wrangell was hampered by turnovers and foul trouble for the majority of the game and a numbers of steals by the Panther defense led directly to successful scoring efforts by Craig.
Jacob Marshall ended the night with 9 points, including the single trey of the game for Wrangell, while Robert Marshall added 6 points and shot 100 percent from the line. Mason Dingwall put up 5 points and Blaine Wilson dropped a pair of buckets for 4 points on the night.
Michael Ottesen and Blake Stokes each put up 2 points and Devon Miller – who was double-teamed and held up by the Craig defense all night – ended the game with one point on a successful shot from the line.
“We’d get the ball and have possession and then turn around and turn it over,” said head coach Ray Stokes of the team’s performance. “It seemed like every time we did something good on defense we’d give them the ball back while we were on offense. We didn’t do a very good job on blocking out either.”
Saturday night’s game was much more of a heartbreaker, however, as the Wolves fell 58-38 – and saw the trio of Reeves, Ottesen and Aaron Howell held to just six points each during the match. Senior Blaine Wilson led the evening with 7 points.
Craig’s defense swarmed most of the game and it was also a tale of poor shooting from the line as Wrangell went 6-for-21 from free-throw land.
The Wolves travel to Haines this weekend, with the Glacier Bears returning to Wrangell over the Feb. 1-2 weekend.