Though the regular season is one-third complete, the South Kitsap boys basketball team knows the real work lies ahead. So even after winning their third game in three days, stretching...
Though the regular season is one-third complete, the South Kitsap boys basketball team knows the real work lies ahead. So even after winning their third game in three days, stretching their win streak to seven, and posing for a group photo on the giant “W” at halfcourt of Edmundson Pavilion last night, the Wolves weren’t reading too much into their most recent accomplishment.
“Right now, I still think we’re the underdog,” said senior Derrick Webb following 10th-ranked South Kitsap’s 68-46 victory over Kennedy in the championship game of the Oh Boy! Oberto Christmas Classic. “Everyone still thinks we’re the underdog.”
But the Class 4A Wolves (7-0) from Port Orchard are looking more like favorites, or the very least contenders, with each passing victory. Last night, they shot 52 percent from the field, hitting 27-of-52 attempts, out-rebounded Kennedy 33-26 and turned a close game into a rout with a 14-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters.
Underdogs? Try telling that to Kennedy coach Doug Strauss.
“Their screening impressed me,” Strauss said. “It was tough fighting through their screens. We left some shooters wide open which hurt us.”
The Wolves led 42-40 before the burst, which ended with a little less than six minutes left.
Kennedy sophomore De Angelo Jones led the Lancers (6-2) of the 3A Seamount League with 21 points on 9-of-22 shooting, six rebounds and two steals.
Roosevelt 68, Bothell 41
Marcus Williams scored a game-high 36 points on 11-of-24 shooting, and collected 19 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals as the Roughriders (4-2) routed fellow KingCo 4A Conference member Bothell (3-3) for third place.
Roosevelt’s David Grant added 22 points, nine rebounds and three assists.
Bothell’s Marcus Morgan scored 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
Clover Park 66, Issaquah 61
Willie Jason finished with a flourish, scoring Clover Park’s final 10 points and lifting the Warriors (5-5) from Tacoma to an upset of sixth-ranked Issaquah (8-2) in the game for fifth and sixth.
Jason, a 5-10 junior, finished with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Issaquah senior Garrison Carr scored 29 points on 8-of-23 shooting, pushing him past 1,500 points in his career. Carr, a 5-11 guard, has scored 1,523 points.
Renton 59, Interlake 44
Chucky Simmons scored nine of his game-high 16 points in the first quarter as Renton (5-3) grabbed the early lead and sent Interlake (5-5) to its third consecutive defeat in the game for seventh and eighth.
The Indians led by as many as 24 points in the second half, enjoyed a 36-28 rebounding advantage and converted 16-of-17 free throws.
Bryce Brigham led the Saints with 15 points, four rebounds and four assists.
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