Wolves joust with Knights in league showdown

After months of hype, the matchup between the South Kitsap and Bremerton prep boys basketball teams will come to fruition tonight at 6 p.m. in the first of two regular season meetings.

SK will hold court tonight in what SK coach John Callaghan anticipates as a very good game.

Though Bremerton enters the game 1-3 overall, its losses to Capital and Bellarmine were by a combined six points.

Callaghan said there is no doubting Bremerton’s talent.

“They’re very tough,” Callaghan said. “Marvin Williams is very tough and quick.”

Williams is Bremerton’s highly touted 6-foot-7 inch power forward everyone in the west Sound has been talking about, and senior post Kellen Alley plays taller than his 6-4 frame.

But SK boasts a pair of super sophs who have been putting up equal, or better, numbers.

Sophomore Adam Bennet, a 6-6 post, scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 59-50 win at Mount Tahoma last Friday.

Sophomore Jake Beitinger also added 12 points (his scoring average) in the win.

While the attention may be put on the low-post game, Callaghan said both teams match up equally.

While SK has the backcourt of Jason Boyd, Tremaine Curry and Tyler Mayfield Bremerton will counter with Michael Stitt, Joe Bollinger, and Tieba Bropleh.

Callaghan said both teams rotate eight or nine players in the game.

The key will be who plays the better defense, Callaghan said.

“We’ll show them a variety of things,” Callaghan said. “We’ll need to play good transition defense because they like to run the court.

In a rare doubleheader in which the varsity boys and girls teams play at the same site, Callaghan said he anticipates a big crowd.

He said he hopes the gym is full like the “good old days” of the 1970s.

With both schools in the same league for the first time since the 1970s, Callaghan said this game could rekindle a rivalry that’s been dormant since the days when basketball was at its peak in popularity at SK.

“It would definitely add flavor to the game,” Callaghan said. “It’d be great if the band is there.”

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