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By Dan Rudy 

Boys take first win in Saturday night blowout

 

Vincent Balansag / Submitted Photo

It's anyone's ball as Caleb Groshong, Bryce Gerald and Tyler Gillen position themselves for a rebound during Saturday's win over Haines. During Wrangell's first home games of the season, the team chalked up its first win of the year in an 83-44 victory over the Glacier Bears on Saturday.

Wrangell High School finished its second weekend of the regular basketball season with a win, splitting games with Haines on its visit last weekend.

Playing Friday, the Wolves kept a close game with the Glacier Bears. Wrangell was leading at the start of the fourth quarter, but the final score hinged on free throws – Haines placed 10 of its 12 throws in the quarter, which with another 10 points put it two ahead at the last buzzer. Wrangell had the opportunity to win though, sinking only four of its nine free throws during the fourth. The game finished with Haines at 54 to Wrangell's 52.

The next evening Wrangell pounced back, with the Wolves racking up an early 22-point lead in the first quarter and building from there. Points scored by most of the team and high scores by Trent Stokes and Dawson Miller made the team's lead insurmountable, and though scoring only six points in the fourth quarter the Wolves won 83 to 44.

Blake Stokes led the team for points scored, sinking 27 over the weekend. Bryce Gerald cumulatively scored 20 points over Haines, as did Miller.

Vincent Balansag / Submitted Photo

Haines player Hudson Sage locks onto a rebound as Tyman Teat and Blake Stokes go on the defensive.

Only playing Saturday's game, Trent Stokes still was among the team's leaders for points over the weekend, scoring 20 overall and putting down five-for-five on free throws.

Other high scorers included Tyman Teat with 15 points and Tyler Allen with eight. Most of the team contributed points, with Garrett Miller with six; Jared Allen with five; Riley Blatchley with four; Chet Armstrong and Sam Prysunka with three; Davis Dow and Caleb Groshong with two.

Saturday's win was a first for the season, putting Wrangell 1-3 so far in the division. The team plays next in Metlakatla this weekend before hosting Craig the next. The Wolves will then have another crack at playing each of its division rivals during the season's second half, starting with Petersburg on Feb. 12 at Wrangell's homecoming weekend.

 

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