Peter Strasser scored a game-high 22 points and the Wolverines survived a late-game rally to notch a 39-36 win over Chimacum and a second-straight victory at the Crush in the Slush tournament in Port Townsend, Dec. 26-27.
Outscoring the Cowboys 25-13 over the first two periods of play, Friday Harbor led by 12 at the break. Strasser tossed in 14 of his 22 points in the first two quarters of play. Junior Kyle Jangard scored seven points in the non-league contest.
But the Chimacum (1-7) fought back. They held Friday Harbor to five points in the third period, trailed by seven going into the final period and narrowed the deficit to a single point with just under three minutes remaining in regulation.
Moments later, sophomore Eli Cooper-West knocked down his only bucket of the game, a three point shot, to boost the lead back up to four, at 35-31.
The Cowboys, with a basket and a steal in the waning seconds of play, had a chance to tie the game, but missed a shot that would have knotted the score. The Wolverines hit enough free-throws down the stretch to seal the win.
The day before, Friday Harbor (6-2) handed host Port Townsend a decisive 54-38 defeat to open the tournament with a win.
The Wolverines start the new year on the road Tuesday, Jan. 6, against Northwest 1B/2B League opponent and inter-island rival Orcas Island; tip-off is 5:45 p.m. They are home Friday, Jan. 9, to host Mount Vernon Christian in a league contest.