Wolves drop two Region 16 games

North Sevier’s 6’1” Marshall Okerlund (21) drives the lane for a layup and a foul against North Summit’s 6’6” Quinton Jones (32) in this archive photo.

SALINA – The North Sevier High School boys’ basketball team lost two Region 16 games over the past week creating a 2-4-region record and an 8-9 record overall. The first loss was to the Braves, 69-59, in North Summit, Jan. 21, which was followed by a close, hard-fought home court loss in Salina to the Duchesne Eagles, 55-53, Friday night. 

The Wolves established a five-point lead by the end of the first quarter against the Braves putting 21 points on the scoreboard to North Summit’s 16 points. The Braves closed the gap by three points in the second stanza outscoring the Wolves 16-13. The squads split for the halftime break with the Wolves up 34-32. 

The Braves came back strong after the break posting 19 points and holding North Sevier to 13, which turned their two-point deficit into a four-point lead. North Summit extended that lead during the final eight-minute stretch scoring 18 points to the Wolves’ 12 points and securing the victory. 

While the Wolves have struggled from the free-throw line in past weeks, they shot 78 percent from the line sinking seven of nine free throw attempts and hit 21 out of 46 for 46 percent from the field. The Braves shot 73 percent from the line and 48 percent from the field. The Wolves shot 50 percent from behind the arc, while the Braves came in at 33 percent. 

Blocked shots and rebounds providing second shots for the Braves made the difference during the bout – North Summit chalked seven blocked shots and 31 rebounds to the Wolves’ zero blocked shots and 27 boards. 

Burke Mickelsen topped the Wolves’ scoring with 16 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds, had two assists and a steal. Brody Butler sank five from downtown for his 15-point contribution, as well as snagging two rebounds, two assists and a steal for the Wolves. 

In addition, Darian Johnson knocked down three 3-pointers on his way to 14 points. He also pulled down three boards, had an assist and stole the ball twice from the Braves. Marshall Okerlund nailed a trey for three of his 12 points, as well as five rebounds and assisting fellow Wolves seven times during the matchup. Off the bench, Ryker Frischknecht scored two points, nabbed five boards, had four assists and a steal for the Wolves. 

In a tough battle against Duchesne’s Eagles, both squads posted 16 points when the buzzer sounded ending the first eight-minutes. The Eagles pulled ahead during the second quarter putting up 14 points to the Wolves’ nine points. The Wolves hit the court hard during the third stanza and turned a one-point deficit into a one-point lead going into the final eight minutes. The Eagles came back to score 13 points and held the Wolves to 10 points to chalk the win. 

Middleman Mickelsen topped the Wolves’ scoring with 21 points. Butler drained two from behind the arc for six of his 10 points. Okerlund had one from downtown for three of his nine points. Ethan Fielding sank two from behind the arc for his six point contribution. Johnson also hit a trey on his way to five points for the Wolves. 

North Sevier will travel to Monticello to take the court against the Buckaroos Friday, Jan. 31. The Wolves’ regular season play will wrap up with a bout against Altamont on their home court in Salina, Wednesday, Feb. 5, followed by a road game against the Eagles in Duchesne Friday, Feb. 7. All tip-offs are slated for 7 p.m. 

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