The dream could have ended last night at the Tacoma Dome, and Derrick Webb knew it. He smiled wryly and shrugged. "I'm not going to lie...
TACOMA — The dream could have ended last night at the Tacoma Dome, and Derrick Webb knew it.
He smiled wryly and shrugged.
“I’m not going to lie, there was a little bit (of concern),” he said, standing outside the locker room. “But I have trust in this team. I know we can come back, we’ve done it before.”
Perhaps, but maybe not against so large of odds, in so big a game, at so crucial a juncture.
Almost everything that could go wrong had gone wrong for the South Kitsap boys basketball team, but then Webb made everything right.
The 6-foot-2 senior scored 15 of his team’s final 17 as the No. 1 Wolves (26-1) from Port Orchard escaped with a 48-41 victory over North Kitsap (18-10) of Poulsbo in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state boys tournament.
South Kitsap faces third-ranked Kentwood (23-5) in a rematch of last year’s state-title game at 7 o’clock tonight at the Tacoma Dome, with the winner advancing to tomorrow’s championship.
North Kitsap meets seventh-ranked Eisenhower (24-4) of Yakima in a loser-out game at 2 p.m.
Webb finished with a game-high 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting, eight rebounds and a steal.
He simply took over in the final 4:10, hitting a pair of three-pointers during an 18-3 South Kitsap run that started with the Wolves trailing 38-30 with 4:21 left and ended at the final horn.
North Kitsap, making its first state-tournament appearance since 1988, dropped its eighth straight to South Kitsap dating to 2001. The two schools, separated by about 25 miles, meet twice a year in a rivalry dubbed “The Civil War.”
“He was huge,” said North Kitsap coach Aaron Nations of Webb. “I’ve been impressed with him all season long. He has gotten better each time we have seen him. We’ve probably watched South play seven or eight times this year and every game, he has just gotten better.”