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Moore shines on Senior Night
This is when hardwood stars are supposed to shine: playoff time.
And that’s exactly what Klahowya’s Andre Moore did Tuesday on Senior Night, putting up 29 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead the Eagles past Port Angeles in the Olympic League regular-season finale, 68-53.
Coupled with a 86-68 victory against Kingston Feb. 13, Klahowya (8-12 overall, 7-10 league) ends the regular season on a two-game win streak. The team begins postseason play with a seeding game against Seqium at home at 8 p.m. tomorrow. A win would give the Eagles a No. 2 seed to the Class 2A West Central District tournament.
“Beating Kingston and winning this game is giving us a little bit of fire,” said Moore, who was introduced before the game as Klahowya’s all-time leading scorer with more than 1,000 career points. “I feel good.”
There was no reason for Moore not to feel good following the victory. The 5-foot-11-inch guard scored 17 first-half points and came up with a handful of steals to help the Eagles build a healthy 36-24 halftime lead. Port Angeles committed 15 turnovers in that same span.
“They were a little anxious with the ball,” Klahowya coach Spike Hopper said of the Roughriders (3-15, 2-14), who ended the game with 22 turnovers.
Port Angeles committed just seven turnovers in the third and fourth quarters combined, however, and eventually trimmed the lead to 49-45 at the five-minute mark of the fourth with a 12-4 run. Danny Romero, who finished with 15 points, provided the spark with two 3-pointers.
“It felt like he hit eight,” Hopper said of Romero 3’s, coming in a two-minute window it when looked as though Port Angeles had enough momentum to steal the lead.
But Hopper switched from zone to man defense and asked big-man Andrew Holm “to step out on Romero.” He then turned to Moore, who scored six points over the final 4:30.
“I knew that I had to take over at that time,” Moore said. “I just had to carry the team right there.”
Carry the team he did, with the Klahowya closing the game on a 21-8 run. The Eagles hit 11 of 12 free throws over the final eight minutes.
“That’s huge because if we go 6 for 12 ... the game would have been a lot closer,” Hopper said.
Hopper said it’s a luxury to have a player such as Moore late in the game, but he also praised the defensive efforts of senior guard Jeff Jaeckel.
“He’s not there, then all of a sudden he is there,” Hopper said of Jaeckel, who scored three points. “He’s like a magician sometimes. It’s good to have him out there, he provides so much energy. He’s just all over the place.”
Now the Eagles, who were without injured Tyler Gonzalez and Brandon Neet against Port Angeles, look to the playoffs. Hopper said both Gonzalez and Neet should be healthy enough to play tomorrow against Sequim.
“We gotta get on a roll,” Hopper said. “These games are real vital.”
Klahowya and Sequim split two meetings during the regular season, with both teams winning at home — Klahowya 58-41 Dec. 5 and Sequim 50-49 Jan. 20.
Win or lose, KSS’ season won’t end tomorrow. A win, however, would give the Eagles another home game while a loss would send them on the road to face a team from the Nisqually League.
For Moore, who will graduate in June, the postseason recipe is simple.
“Just win,” he said. “I’m just trying to help the team out and do whatever I can do.”
at Klahowya 68, Port Angeles 53
Port Angeles 15 9 14 14 — 53
Klahowya 20 16 11 21 — 68
Port Angeles—Dustin Walsh 18, Danny Romero 15, Antonio Stevenson 7, Ian Ward 4, Colin Wheeler 4, Jace Sadamash 2, Tyler Owens 1, Steve Rodgers 2, Jeremy Gilchrist, Jared Moses, Justin Williams.
Klahowya—Andre Moore 29, Darrell Newman 11, Andrew Holm 10, Steffen Jeffcoat 4, Jeff Wassan 6, Jeff Jaeckel 3, Chris Fredrick 3, Mark Garlett 2, Eli Monette.