SALINA – North Sevier High School’s boys’ basketball team fell to the Bulldogs, 61-52, in Gunnison, Jan. 29, and then defeated the Buckaroos, 64-45, in Monticello Friday.
While the Wolves have struggled from the free-throw line to date, they shot 85 percent from the line during both matchups making 11 of 13 attempts in each game.
During the bout with Gunnison, the Bulldogs jumped to a 26-20 lead during the front half of the game, and then continued to build upon their lead during the back half outscoring the Wolves, 35-32, to chalk the victory.
Marshall Okerlund led the Wolf pack with 17 points, three of which were earned from behind the arc. Burke Mickelsen followed with 11 points. Darian Johnson drained two from downtown for six of his 10 points. Ethan Fielding nailed two 3-pointers on his way to eight points, while Brody Butler posted four points for the Wolves.
Against Monticello, the Wolves jumped to an early lead outscoring the Buckaroos, 13-6, in the first quarter. Both squads added 17 points to the scoreboard during the second stanza for a 30-23 score at halftime.
The Wolves went on to build upon their lead during the back half of the game putting up 14 points in the third and 20 in the fourth to the Buckaroos’ 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Mickelsen led the charge in Monticello putting up 28 points, pulling down five boards, assisting four times and stealing the ball once. Fielding drilled two from downtown on his way to 13 points. He also snagged five rebounds and had three assists. Okerlund sank a 3-pointer for three of his nine-point contribution, in addition to grabbing 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Butler posted eight points and two rebounds. Johnson drained two from three-point land for his six points. He also nabbed five boards, had an assist and a steal in the Wolves’ winning effort.
The Wolves will wrap up the regular season on the road with a bout against the Eagles in Duchesne Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.