Reeves puts up 27 points in loss to Vikings
Jacob Marshall easily cuts around a Petersburg defender on Saturday night during the Vikings’ varsity homecoming game.
The Wrangell Wolves traveled to Petersburg last weekend to play their final regular season games during the Vikings’ homecoming celebration and, unfortunately, were sent home packing with two losses.
Action began on Friday night, with the Wolves coming out the gate a little slower than expected. The team put up only 8 points in the first period, but were enthused right off the top by a deep three-pointer off the fingertips of Jacob Marshall.
The team trailed the entire game, but were able to come back to hold onto a one-point deficit at the end of the third period on a 39-40 score. The Wolves were able to put up 15 points in the period with a pair of treys from Blake Stokes and a solid, back-to-back pair of deuces by Devon Miller.
It was a tougher fourth period, with the Vikings outscoring Wrangell 17-4 to give Petersburg the win with a final score of 57-43.
Stokes led on Friday with 10 points, while Jacob Marshall added eight of his own, including a trey. Miller finished the night with 7 points and Ryan Reeves and Blaine Wilson each contributed 6 points. Aaron Howell shot 3-for-4 from the line to add three points to the board.
Head coach Ray Stokes said it was hard for his squad near the end of the game – and that Reeves’ fouls kept him lassoed most of the game.
“In the fourth, we just had a hard time buying a basket and we went cold,” Coach Stokes said. “As to Ryan being held to such low scoring, he was in a little bit of foul trouble on Friday night and it wasn’t really one of his better games either.
On Saturday night, Reeves made amends for his performance on Friday by being the only player to score in double digits for the Wolves. His blistering 27-point performance, with a pair of treys to boot, carried the water for the Wolves, who despite their effort lost the matchup 63-43 in favor of Petersburg.
Blaine Wilson added four points, while Marshall, Howell, Bryce Gerald and Tyler Gillen each contributed three of their own.
“Petersburg won that game because we have not been consistent all year with having every player on the same sheet of music at the same time,” Coach Stokes added on his team’s Saturday performance. “We dug ourselves a big hole, real quick. We could not score. We were able to get back within single digits and I thought we had a chance, but it just didn’t work out.”
The Wolves will travel March 5-6 to the Region V tournament at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.