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SK hopes Foss isn't boss

"Upending a reigning 4A state high school boys basketball champion is never easy for any team.But this year's South Kitsap High School squad has hopes of knocking off defending state champion Foss on the road tonight in a Narrows League matchup. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.SK (10-1) has gotten off to the second-best start in school history, trailing only the 1976 SK team (11-0).Coincidentally, the 1976 squad - the last SK team to advance to the state tournament - consisted of current SK coach John Callaghan and assistant coach Jim Savage.The Wolves are also riding a seven-game winning, most recently defeating the Peninsula Seahawks, 66-47, at home Friday night.SK junior guard Jason Boyd enjoyed his 17th birthday with an 18-point performance against the Seahawks.He scored 11 of his 18 points in the second quarter, including three 3-pointers, to help give SK a 31-24 lead.Boyd continued his torrid shooting with a 3-pointer to open the third quarter and give SK a 34-24 lead. SK increased its lead to 15 points in the quarter and led by as many as 22 in the fourth quarter before winning by 19.Boyd said he knew the night before the game he'd have a good game.I was up late last night playing NBA Live (basketball video game) and I was just lighting it up, Boyd said. I knew my birthday was tomorrow so I just prayed before the game and hoped I'd do good.Though he managed two points in the first quarter, Boyd said he started to get into a zone in his big second quarter.I was just waiting, letting the open shots come to me, he said. I wasn't trying to force anything. Once I started hitting, I knew I'd score every time I got open.Though freshman Jake Beitinger was the only other Wolves' player to score in double figures (12 points), SK continued to show any player can lead the team in scoring on any given night.Seniors Buck Savage and Beau Pilon contributed nine points and eight points respectively.Junior Tyler Mayfield followed with seven points, and senior Jake Whitford added six.While SK has enjoyed solid shooting from its guards, the keys to the victory have come from the second- and third-chance buckets from the post players.SK doubled its rebounding totals to Peninsula.The rebounding is what Callaghan said will be crucial to the team's success against the better teams such as Foss and Lincoln.Callaghan said he's still not satisfied with his team's rebounding effort.With three players 6-5 or taller, Callaghan said his players have yet to dominate the boards because they're not always blocking out their opponents.There are times when we're in position but we're not putting a butt on somebody, Callaghan said. It's just a matter of watching the ball.Callaghan said he's not sure size is always an advantage either, especially against quick and athletic teams such as Foss.Callaghan said the winner of the game tonight will be decided on the defensive side.SK's biggest task will be shutting down seniors Marc Axton and Solomon Wyatt.The 6-6 Axton can shoot from anywhere and Wyatt plays tenacious defense to compliment his offensive game.Anything you can do to slow them down is good, Callaghan said. We will try and take away Axton as best we can. He's 6-6 and can do it all. I think they (Falcons) rely on those guys but they've got some players. Their junior varsity team went undefeated last year.One of those junior varsity players was Greg Shadowvine, who now starts on varsity as a sophomore.Boyd said the team is excited about the challenge that awaits them tonight.I can't wait, man, Boyd said. I've been waiting for some good matchups. That's only going to get me better and more experience and our team all around is going to get stronger and better.Boyd said the team knows what it's going up against in the Falcons.They're the state champions and you can always expect great things coming back. You know they want another ring and they've been working hard. I know they're going to be ready for anybody.***In girls' action, the Wolves simulated their 50-point thrashing of Stadium last week with a 46-point win at Peninsula Friday night.The 75-29 win improves SK's record to 9-2 overall, 5-0 in the Narrows League.SK hosts Foss tonight at 7:30 p.m.SK Junior Sarah Groves led all players with 19 points. Junior Rebekah Proctor added 15 points, and senior Rachelle Cooper contributed 14 points.Senior Nicole Eggebraten dished out eight assists and had 10 steals. "

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