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Wolves lose their second straight decision

"A strange phenomenon is taking over the South Kitsap High School boys basketball team.The squad is playing better on the road than in the friendly confines of home.The Wolves, who took a 3-2 Narrows League record to Gig Harbor (1-4) last night, had lost two straight home games. That gave them a 2-2 home record, opposed to their 5-1 mark on the road.“I don’t know why we’re not playing well at home,” coach John Callaghan said. “Last year we went 8-2 at home. We’ve got to do something different. It’s not a matter of different people in the lineup. The band, they do a great job. Our fans, they’re okay.”The Wolves won’t have many more opportunities to turn around their home woes because they have only four regular-season home games remaining, starting next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against Lincoln.To the credit of the last two visitors to SK’s gym--Stadium and Foss--both are ranked among the state’s best teams.SK’s latest debacle came Wednesday at the hands of No. 10 Foss, who capped its 69-50 win with back-to-back slam dunks.Callaghan said he was upset at his team’s complacency in the waning seconds.“You can’t let them dunk on you like that,” Callaghan said. “At least foul them.”The dunks were academic, but they also symbolized how the game was played almost the whole way.“We were just not aggressive,” Callaghan said. “We talked about making a couple of little adjustments and didn’t do it, so their defense got more aggressive.”Foss continually applied pressure on the wings, making it difficult for the SK players to get in any rhythm.But Callaghan said his team should have made adjustments to Foss’ overplaying defense.“If they’re putting that much pressure on the wings, just make the backcut,” he said. “It’s like we are just loping. You don’t see a lot of people cutting or moving quickly. They just lope up the court and stand and just expect them to let us do what we want to do, and that’s not the way it’s going to work.The Wolves trailed most of the game, falling behind by as many as 21 points. But they made a strong comeback to cut the margin to eight points with 1:25 remaining in the contest.Foss’ execution on offense and at the free throw line didn’t allow any closer, however.Foss as the aggressor clearly showed, based on trips to the foul line. The Falcons converted 23 of 29 attempts, compared to SK’s nine of 15.“Their defense was tough, but we didn’t execute,” SK senior Ryan Letson said. “In practice we run our plays and know exactly what we’re doing. They (Foss) may have an idea of what we are doing, but, still, we need to do what we know how to do. We hurt ourselves.”Though the Wolves only trailed by seven points at halftime, the Falcons went on a 13-0 run in the third quarter to all but put the game out of reach.Foss proved to be too much inside. Khary Nicholas (6-foot-5) and Marc Axton (6-6) combined for 55 percent of the team’s offense with 38 points.Nicholas had a game-high 23 points and four blocked shots.Jason Young led the Wolves with 11 points and John Sehmel added 10 points before fouling out with 1:25 left in the game."

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