Wrangell falls in first round

Posted: Friday, March 24, 2000

ANCHORAGE -- Wrangell boys basketball coach Ray Stokes was blunt in his assessment of the Wolves' performance in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament Thursday at Sullivan Arena.

``We just stunk. We were pathetic,'' Stokes said after Wrangell dropped a 63-58 decision in overtime to the Monroe Catholic School Rams. ``We got outhustled. We got outrebounded. We missed free throws. We missed chippies. Cody (Angerman, Wrangell's star point guard) was short on all his shots the entire night. It was about as poor a performance as I've seen us have in about half a season.''

The Wolves, who entered the boys Class 3A tournament as one of the favorites to win the state title, had a woeful night shooting Thursday as they only made 21 of 71 shots from the field, including an abysmal two-for-20 performance from the 3-point line. Angerman shot a miserable five for 24 from the field (one for nine from the 3-point line), guard Cole Appleman made none of his seven shots even though he's usually one of the team's better shooters, and center Graham Gablehouse made only two of eight shots before fouling out in the third quarter even though most of his shots came within five feet of the basket.

``It was the worst game we've played all season,'' Wrangell forward Levi LaLonde said. ``We just barely got any shootaround time yesterday, just barely half an hour. The backdrop was affecting our depth perception, and the rims are the ones they use for the Great Alaska Shootout, with the springy rims. Some players can get that shooter's bounce on them, but we're a straight-on team and we're used to having tighter rims.''

The Wolves weren't much better at the free-throw line, as they made just 14 of their 26 foul shots. But the Rams were worse from the free-throw line, only making 14 of 29 shots.

``Usually we shoot 22 or 23 out of 25 in practice,'' LaLonde said. ``It's a ritual for me to shoot for a minimum of one hour before a game, but we couldn't do that here.''

Wrangell fell behind early and trailed nearly the entire game. Early

in the second half Monroe led 39-26, but the Wolves came back to forge a 41-41 tie early in he fourth quarter, the first time the Wolves hadn't trailed since two ties and their brief lead in the first quarter. Monroe regained the lead, taking a seven-point advantage with about two minutes left in the game.

The Rams still led by four points with 11 seconds left, when Cam Chase missed two free throws for Monroe to open the door for the Wolves' late rally. Wrangell was able to tie the game on a bucket with three seconds left by Colon Lee, then after Monroe turned the ball over on a five-seconds inbounds call, Wrangell ran a play where Appleman inbounded the ball to LaLonde for a reverse layup as time expired.

``That play went exactly as we drew it out,'' LaLonde said.

But forcing the overtime just prolonged the inevitable, as Monroe scored the first four points of the extra period and Wrangell could never catch up. It was still a one-possesion game with 51 seconds left, as Wrangell trailed by just three points, but Jeremy Evans made both free throws with 30 seconds left and the Rams made at least one shot on each of two more trips to the line over the final seconds to clinch the victory.

``It wasn't our best performance,'' Stokes said. ``I don't think you can say anyone really played the way they should have.''

Valdez 73, Metlakatla 40

The Buccaneers hit nine 3-pointers, seven in the first half, as they cruised to a victory over the Chiefs Thursday. Metlakatla made no 3pointers in the game.

``They shoot the three really well,'' Metlakatla's John Mackie said. ``Our team wasn't into it early on.''

``They're a good shooting team, but I think Wrangell can beat them,'' Metlakatla's Chevy Hayward said. ``Wrangell's defense is too strong.''

Valdez, which took second place in last year's state tournament and returns most of its team, jumped out to a 21-12 lead in the first quarter, then extended that lead to 43-19 at halftime. James Fletcher scored 15 points to lead the Buccaneers, while Ryan Jones and Todd Eide both added 14 points and James Shreve grabbed 12 rebounds. Jones also dished out five assists.

Richard Olin came off the bench to lead the Chiefs with 10 points and six rebounds, while Anthony Gogert and Apollo Marsden both scored nine points. Valdez outrebounded the Chiefs 41-28.

While the Chiefs were disappointed with the loss, the Metlakatla players were looking forward to today's consolation bracket game with the Barrow Whalers.

``Fourth place is a lot better than eighth,'' Olin said.

RAMS 63 WOLVES 58, OT

Thursday's Class 3A boys first-round game

MONROE CATHOLIC (63)

Cory Wilbur 3 2-4 9, Joe Stepovich 0 0-0 0, Simon Wells 0 1-2 1, Dave

Torres 0 0-1 0, Abe Siddall 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Evans 2 3-4 7, Brandon

Joseph 7 5-8 21, Alex Herfing 0 0-0 0, Cam Chase 6 2-8 14, Chris Low 5

1-2 11. Totals: 23 14-29 63.

WRANGELL (58)

Cody Angerman 5 2-4 13, Randy Churchill 0 0-0 0, Brian Wright 0 0-0 0,

Cole Appleman 0 2-2 2, Alec Pempek 0 1-2 1, Colon Lee 1 0-0 2, Tony

Marriott 0 0-0 0, Brad Angerman 9 3-6 22, Graham Gablehouse 2 2-5 6,

Michael Villarma 0 0-0 0, Jason Clark 2 3-5 7, Levi LaLonde 2 1-2 5.

Totals: 21 14-26 58.

MONROE CATHOLIC 18 14 9 9 13 -- 63

WRANGELL 16 7 13 14 8 -- 58

3-point goals -- Monroe Catholic 3 (Joseph 2, Wilbur 1), Wrangell 2 (C.

Angerman 1, B. Angerman 1). Fouled out -- Monroe Catholic 0, Wrangell 3

(Gablehouse, B. Angerman, Appleman). Technical fouls -- None. Total

fouls -- Monroe Catholic 18, Wrangell 23.

BUCCANEERS 73 CHIEFS 40

Thursday's Class 3A boys first-round game

METLAKATLA (40)

John Mackie 1 0-0 2, Chevy Hayward 1 0-0 2, Apollo Marsden 3 3-5 9, J.

Johnson 0 0-0 0, Brian Leask 0 0-0 0, Willie Taylor 1 0-0 2, Kenneth

Milton 0 0-0 0, Skyler Hudson 0 0-0 0, Amos Hudson 3 0-0 6, Aaron Didon

0 0-0 0, Richard Olin 5 0-0 10, Anthony Gogert 4 1-5 9. Totals: 18 4-10

VALDEZ (73)

Ryan Jones 4 3-6 14, James Fletcher 6 0-0 15, Brian Pickard 4 0-0 8,

Austin Engebretsen 1 0-0 2, Jeff Baldridge 2 1-2 6, Nick Paulson 0 2-3

2, David Dunham 0 0-0 0, Zach Raidmae 4 0-1 8, Jeremy Shreve 1 0-1 2,

Jesse Putnam 0 0-0 0, Todd Eide 6 0-0 14, Cody Dahlstrom 0 2-2 2.

Totals: 28 8-15 73.

METLAKATLA 12 7 9 12 -- 40

VALDEZ 21 22 16 14 -- 73

3-point goals -- Metlakatla 0, Valdez 9 (Jones 3, Fletcher 3, Eide 2,

Baldridge 1). Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls

-- Metlakatla 18, Valdez 11.



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