Wrangell Wolves sweep Haines in defensive battle
A defensive battle was the name of the game this week as the Wrangell Wolves faced off against the Haines Glacier Bears in a two-day away game series that saw Wrangell walk away with a pair of wins for their effort.
The Wolves ended up playing the games on a rare Sunday-Monday series thanks to bad weather that left the team stuck in Ketchikan. The delay was due to bad weather in Juneau that socked in the team. They flew Saturday to Juneau and then took a ferry on Sunday to Haines.
After the long, weary trip, the Wolves were faced with a game on Sunday night – and what a game it was.
Senior captain Ryan Reeves led an offensive assault in the first game, scoring 20 points on his own. Blake Stokes also contributed 7 points, while Jacob Marshall was perfect from beyond the arc with six of his added to the score.
In the end, it was too much for the Glacier Bears as Wrangell walked to a 46-42 victory.
And then there was Monday night. Wrangell was tied for, or led the game at the end of each period, including a one-point halftime lead at 11-10.
While the game was low scoring, Aaron Howell led the Wolves offense with 9 points and Reeves was held to just 3 points from the line. The senior was denied any deuces or treys, however, by a swarming Haines defense.
In the end, with Haines trying to make a comeback, Aaron Howell was fouled with 22 seconds left on the clock. The foul gave him the opportunity to knock down a shot from the free throw line to keep the 28-26 final score and take home a pair of “W’s” for Wrangell.
Because of communication issues while traveling on the Alaska Marine Highway System, head coach Ray Stokes and his players were unavailable for comment by this story’s deadline.
Haines will return to Wrangell this weekend for a rematch. The games will be Friday and Saturday, with varsity action beginning after the 6 p.m. JV games.