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SK faces ultimate test at Lincoln tonight
"Just when the stakes seemed to hit their pinnacle at Foss, they've risen to a new level with the highly anticipated high school boys basketball matchup between South Kitsap and Lincoln tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln gym.Bragging rights for best team in the Narrows League will be on the line, though Lincoln is favored to win.The Abes, 12-0 overall, take on a hot 12-1 Wolves team that has won nine straight games dating back to a Dec. 13 loss to Mount Tahoma.While the outcome of the game will have no bearing on the teams' respective records in the Bay and Bridge divisions, the game will act as a measuring stick for both schools.Is Lincoln overrated or is South Kitsap overachieving, or both?Lincoln's success on offense is dictated by a trio of players, swingman Justin Holt (13.6 points per game), guard Leonard White (12.8) and Aubrey Shelton (11.5).But Lincoln is winning games because of its defense.It has held 10 of its 12 opponents to under 50 points.They'll need a strong defense against an SK team that is averaging 72 points per game.Sandwiched in between the Foss and Lincoln game was a game against rival Gig Harbor, a game the Wolves usually consider the biggest game of the year. Only 48 hours after its thrilling win at Foss, SK was able to maintain its focus and breeze past a weaker Gig Harbor team 66-49, even though their sights were set on Lincoln.SK junior Tremaine Curry, who had a pair of key assists and a steal in the fourth quarter against Gig Harbor, said the team's ability to stay focused can be attributed to the youthful team's maturity.We beat Foss but we told ourselves not to get big-headed, Curry said. It wouldn't look right to beat Foss and lose to Gig Harbor, so we just tried to keep our head in it.SK coach John Callaghan said he gives his team all the credit for winning soundly against the Tides.That was an emotional win (at Foss) and very draining, Callaghan said. We had only one day of rest (before the Tides' game). To their credit they came out hard and stayed focused.SK entered the fourth quarter against Gig Harbor with only a seven-point lead.Up only 45-40, Curry keyed a 9-0 run to give SK a 54-40 lead with four minutes remaining.It started with Curry's thread-the-needle assist to Jason Boyd.Curry turned around and stole Gig Harbor's inbounds pass and dished it to Buck Savage who converted the pass into two points.Curry finished off the run with a pair of free throws.SK went on to hit seven of its last 10 free throws to ice the game.Justin Dudley paced the Wolves with 16 points.Savage followed with 14 points, Beau Pilon added 11 points, and Boyd finished with 10 points. "