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Wolves win in foul fest

He goes by the name “TC” but it’s no coincidence the first three letters of Tremaine Curry’s name is t-r-e.

Curry’s trio of three-pointers in the second half helped lead the South Kitsap High School boys basketball team to a 63-56 Narrows League win against Olympia Wednesday night at home.

Curry’s performance was overshadowed by the 52 fouls shared by both teams.

SK junior Brian Cox summed up the game in one word.

“Ugly,” Cox said. “We played good at times but there were times we were just out of (our offense).”

A frustrated crowd kept putting the blame on the referees, who seemed inhibit the flow of the game.

SK coach John Callaghan said the referees were doing their job and the players failed to adjust.

“It’s not the officials,” Callaghan said. “They’re supposed to call it tighter and we did not adjust very well.”

It took only three minutes into the first quarter before both teams were in the bonus.

By the end of the quarter 22 fouls had already been called, and the half ended with 37 fouls.

Both teams seemed to cool off in the second half, combining for 15 fouls.

Entering the game SK clearly had the height advantage.

While SK had three players over 6-5, Olympia’s biggest player was 6-3.

Somehow Olympia managed to keep SK’s big men from dominating the game.

“To their credit they did a good job defensively,” Callaghan said of Olympia. “We just ran out of patience on offense. We have to be more patient on offense.”

Callaghan made a cynical remark during one of SK’s possessions that summed up the offense for the night.

“It’s like they’re playing against the shot clock,” Callaghan yelled in the direction of his assistant coaches.

Of course there is no shot clock for prep boys basketball.

The fourth quarter provided the highlights of the night.

Up only seven points, Curry opened the quarter with his second three-pointer of the half.

Olympia cut it to six points before sophomore Adam Bennett scored, followed by Curry’s final three-pointer.

“He played big tonight,” Cox said. “He likes playing in front of this crowd. He gets pretty excited.”

Olympia’s Curtis Medved started to show his shooting range with a pro-range three-point bucket.

Bennett scored on the next possession but Medved bombed his second three-pointer from long range to cut the score to seven.

SK drained free throws in the final minute to stave off Olympia.

When the final buzzer sounded, SK sophomore Jake Beitinger was not smiling much.

The 6-8 post received the brunt of Olympia’s cheap fouls and he wasn’t happy.

“I didn’t have fun out there at all,” Beitinger said. “They came out right from the opening tip and were way too physical I thought.”

Beitinger said it is typical for a smaller team to be overly aggressive on bigger players.

“They probably say ‘they got a big guy so you gotta take them out’,” Beitinger said. “I think that’s what their game plan was.”

But Beitinger said he’d take the win “any day”.

SK traveled to Mount Tahoma last night and the results were unavailable at press time.

It hosts Bremerton Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. to open Bridge Division play.

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