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It's down to crunch time for Wolves

"While it's coasting time in the Narrows League for the first-place South Kitsap High School girls' basketball team, its crunch time for the SK boys' basketball team as it prepares for the final three games of the regular season.Entering last night's game at Peninsula, SK held a slim one-game lead on Stadium atop the Bridge Division standings.After a home game against Capital on Wednesday, SK travels to Mount Tahoma Friday, and concludes the season with a home game against Stadium.SK easily defeated Capital, but lost a one-point decision to Mount Tahoma.The Wolves escaped the Stadium Tigers' grasp with a narrow win earlier this season, but SK coach John Callaghan said no game will be easy.They're huge (games), Callaghan said. Stadium is one game back (after Wednesday) and these last three games are against teams in our division.Callaghan said he shoulders some of the blame for some of the team's misfortunes.Against Bellarmine, Callaghan said he prepared his team to face a man-to-man defense. Instead, Bellarmine ran a 3-2 zone the whole game.I need to do a better job of making sure we have our game ready, he said. Sometimes you try to prepare for a team and you talk about them more (than ourselves). We just need to make sure all areas of our game is solid.In the 56-48 loss to Bellarmine, Callaghan said most of the credit has to go to Bellarmine.To Bellarmine's credit they did the things they had to do to win, Callaghan said. That kid (John Lester) scored 30 points on us. They played great and he played a great game.It's not like the Wolves didn't have their opportunities.It wasn't like we were shooting crazy shots, Callaghan said. The shots just didn't go down. We out-rebounded them and I know we shot almost twice as many shots as they did.When it came down to the bare bones of the game, Callaghan said his team simply got outmatched.That is probably the first time this year we've been outplayed, he said. They outhustled us, they played well, and we didn't really play well. "

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