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i : j..: U il J&apos; Port Townsend edges Bulldogs Turnovers, missed shots cost North Mason boys basketball By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com The North Mason boys' basketball team had the lead Friday night heading into the final two minutes of its game. And then it fell apart. "We had a few costly turnovers and missed shots at the end of that kept us away from the victory," head coach Steve Hackett said. Port Townsend defeated the Bulldogs 51-48 in Port Townsend. Despite the loss, Hackett said this was the best the team has played in a few weeks. "I'm really proud of the fight of our guys," he said. "At this point in the season, it would be easy to just bag it in and start thinking about spring sports, but our guys battled all 32 min- utes." Sophomore Matt Becker led the team with 14 points, while senior Matt Duckworth and junior Daniel Burggraaf scored 12 points each. Burg- graaf also grabbed 11 rebounds. "With four games left, I hope we keep this in- tensity and fight up," Hackett said. The close loss came three days after Bremer- ton blew past the Bulldogs to win 85-40 on Jan. 21 in Bremerton. "We played an extremely athletic and skilled Bremerton team and they outplayed us in every aspect of the game," Hackett said. He said the Bulldogs need to do a better job on defense. "We can't be giving up 70 to 80 points a game and expect to win," Hackett continued. Duckworth led the Bulldogs with 15 points while Becker scored nine. Junior Hunter Hohm- ann put up six. "There is still time to get better and hopefully finish strong, but if we don't start stopping peo- ple, it will be a long last few weeks," Hackett said. The Bulldogs (4-12) play next at 7 p.m. tomor- row at Olympic. "We can't be giving up 70 to 80 points a game and expect to win ." Steve Hackett, NMHS head boys' basketball coach 3rd quarter a mystery for SHS Highclimbers search for answers By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com The Shelton boys' basketball team has a problem that head coach Del Sandberg is search- ing for a solution to. "Nobody has any an- swer for what happened in the third quarter," Sandberg said Jan. 22 after the Highclimb- ers' 62-40 home loss to Olympia. "We're leaving our energy in the locker room at halftime." Down 23-20 at half- time, Shelton was out- scored 19-7 by Olympia in the third quarter. It's not the first time that's happened this season, Sandberg said. "I've got to come up with a gimmick," he added. "I don't have the answer." The Highclimbers led the first quarter 9-8 behind scoring efforts from seniors Andrew Quantz and Marques Gonzalez and juniors Tyler Speaks and Mitch- ell DeAndre. Olympia opened the second quarter with a 3-point shot to take the lead, but Speaks made a layup to tie the game at 11 points. When Olympia fol- lowed with a jumpshot with 5 minutes, 50 sec- onds left in the first half, the Bears took the lead. Shelton never re- covered it. "Honestly, I think we needed more effort," senior Andrew Quantz said. Quantz led the High- climbers with 9 points. "We know we could've beaten that SUFFERING WITH KNEE OR HIP PAIN? Join us for a free seminar to better understand your knee and hip pain. Learn about the anatomy of the knee and hip joints, the causes of joint pain and treatment options available at Capital Medical Center -- the only South Sound hospital to earn a Gold Seal of Approval for knee and hip --,n replacement surgery from "Ihe Joint Commission, the CAPITAL nation's leading organization for health care accreditation. ,CL<: .................................................................... ,r ;,n,uun nd/ Monday, February 10 1-2:30 p.m. Rainier Room a d9  -m0-79a-ss 3900 Capital Mall Dr. SW, Olympia 360-754-5858 888-677-9757 ! Page B-4 - Mason County Journal- Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 Journallphoto by Emily Hanson Shelton senior Marques Gonzalez shoots a free throw Jan. 22 during the Highclimbers' home game against Olympia in the Mini Dome. / team," he added. "We needed more spirit." He said Shelton -- the didn't keep its energy was tI up in the second half. a row Although Sandberg get to said the first half was mates one of Shelton's best "We defensive halves all and fi: season, he added that Quant after the game, it was wejus the first time he's told gether the team this year that goal a it wasn't their best ef- resilie fort. The "They want to win shot so bad," Sandberg said. free-t "But that's not what we and a: need. We need to prac- percer Lice hard, have acom- Sandb petitive spirit in games Spe and give our best ef- seconc forts." for th Que ntz said the Highc] imbers' record loss to Olympia .e team's 14th in -- has started to rome of his team- need to let it go fish the season," added. "I think need to come to- with a common nd be able to be at." Highclimbers 2-of-6 from the row line Jan. 22 e shooting at 56  this season, rg said. aks, Shelton's leading scorer night with seven "Nobody has any answer for what happened in the third quarter, We're leaving our energy in the locker room at halftime" Del Sandberg, SHS head boys' basketball coach points, normally leads the team with an av- erage of about 13 per game. Sophomore Kevin Scott contributed six points, while Gonzalez and senior Colton Hub- ble had four each. Sophomores Drew Cruse and Nathan Ce- ballos scored three points each, while De- Andre and senior Nick Drinkall added two apiece. The Shelton offense remained steady Friday at home against Mount Tahoma until the fourth quarter. Despite being up 45- 43 heading into the final quarter, Shelton lost 67-51. "We didn't continue to play in the fourth like we did the rest of the game," Sandberg said. ',We didn't run our of- fense like we can and it cost the game." Shelton turned the ball over six times in about 2 minutes in the fourth quarter. Speaks led Shelton with 14 points, while Quantz put up 12. Scott contributed nine points, while DeAndre add- ed seven and Hubble scored six. The Highclimbers (0-15) play at 7 p.m. to- morrow at home against North Thurston.