Wolves split games at tourney

North Sevier’s Marshall Okerlund pulls up for a jump shot and a bucket for the Wolves in this archive photo.

SALINA – North Sevier High School’s boys’ basketball team competed in the Cowboy Classic tournament held in Kanab Friday and Saturday where they picked up a win and a loss. The hard-fought 72-71 win was earned Friday over the Sports Leadership and Management High School’s Bulls from Henderson, Nevada. The 58-43 loss was to Kanab’s Cowboys Saturday.

The Bull’s built a 50-36 lead over the Wolves during the front half of the matchup. The Wolves had a big third quarter putting 25 points on the scoreboard and holding the Bulls to nine points, which turned the 14-point deficit into a two-point advantage. The Bull’s added 12 points during the final eight-minute stretch to the Wolves’ 11-points, falling a point short of pushing the bout into overtime and two points short of the win.

North Sevier’s Burke Mickelsen led the Wolf pack making 10 of 14 field goals and two three-point foul shots for 22 points. He also had six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Ethan Fielding drained five from downtown for 15 of his 21-point contribution. Fielding nabbed three rebounds, and had an assist and a steal. Marshall Okerlund put up 16 points, nine of which were earned from behind the arc. He also pulled down seven boards, assisted nine times and stole the ball from the Bulls once during the matchup. Darian Johnson hit two treys for six of his eight points, in addition to three rebounds, two blocks and seven assists. Brody Butler chalked five points, nine boards, an assist and a steal in the Wolves’ winning effort.

The Cowboys of Kanab established a 25-10 advantage over the Wolves during the front half of the bout against the Wolves. North Sevier fought back during the third quarter putting up 22 points to the Cowboy’s 21 points. Kanab added 12 points to the scoreboard during the final stanza to the Wolves’ 11 points to secure the victory.

The Wolves’ shot 78 percent from the line against the Cowboys making seven of nine attempts. Okerlund drilled two from three-point land for six of his 13 points. Mickelsen and Johnson both contributed nine points to the Wolves’ scoreboard, while Butler added seven and Fielding had five.

Mickelsen and Okerlund were named to the Cowboy Classic all-tourney team.

The Wolves’ next two bouts will be on their home court in Salina. The first will be against Monticello Wednesday, Jan. 8, and then North Summit Friday, Jan. 10. Both games are slated to tip-off at 7 p.m.

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