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Curry had his hands full with Lions' stars

South Kitsap has existed for more than 80 years, but it’s difficult to imagine the Wolves’ guards have faced a bigger challenge than Friday night.

Behind the play of guards Avery Bradley and Abdul Gaddy, who combined for 43 points, Bellarmine Prep earned a 61-58 Narrows League win.

South coach John Callaghan believes they’re the best set of guards in the state.

“Those guys were tough when they were freshmen,” he said.

Both are juniors, but Gaddy already has accepted an offer to play at Arizona. Bradley, a shooting guard, claims offers to Kentucky, Texas, Washington, Washington State and many offers.

Tionne Curry, a junior guard for the Wolves, primarily guarded Bradley.

“It wasn’t an easy task,” he said. “They’re two great players.”

Curry converted 4 of 9 field goals for 16 points, which impressed Callaghan.

“That guy (Bradley) is as good of a defender as he will play against,” he said. “Tionne did a great job.”

Curry said it wasn’t easy, but he enjoyed the challenge.

“It’s always fun to get good competition, not just any competition,” he said. “I want the best.”

Bradley, who converted 9 of 19 shots from the field, said it wasn’t easy for him, either.

“It was kind of hard -- they were trapping me,” he said. “Getting my teammates involved really helped me.”

A lot of the scoring rested on Bradley and Gaddy, though. Besides Jordan Cain, who had eight points, no other Bellarmine Prep player scored more than four.

Gaddy, the point guard, often distributed the ball and didn’t score in the first quarter. After missing his first six shots, he scored 12 of his 20 points in the second quarter. He made 7 of 14 shots from the field and all five of his free throws.

“Once he gets it out of his hands, hopefully we can avoid getting it back there,” Callaghan said.

Despite Gaddy’s offensive output, Callaghan was happy with the defense Gibson Davies, Corey Hoffman and Ivan Rybachuk played on him.

“They all did a great job of staying right up in him,” he said. “There’s only so much you can do against a guy like that.”

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the game for the Wolves was when Gaddy was assessed with his fourth foul with 4 minutes, 48 seconds left in the third quarter. South trailed 38-35 after Leon La Deaux made 2 of 3 free throws, but entered the fourth quarter down 45-38.

“Once he got into foul trouble, I told my teammates they had to help me out,” Bradley said.

But it was Bradley who scored the final seven points of the period to give the Lions the lead for good.

“They don’t take any time off,” Curry said. “They’re at it all game.”

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