Banged up Wolves welcome bye tonight

After three quarters of sub-par basketball, the South Kitsap High School boys basketball team decided to distinguish itself from Central Kitsap with a 24-9 fourth quarter to win 58-44 Friday night at the SK gym.

Trailing 35-34 after three quarters, SK junior Nate Seitz went on a scoring binge, pouring in all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter.

Jake Beitinger, who had a game-high 20 points, chipped in five fourth-quarter points to help keep CK at bay.

While SK started hitting its shots, CK struggled from the field and was limited to just four fourth-quarter points until it scored five in the final minute.

“Yeah, we played a good three quarters, but I thought I did a poor job of substitution in the fourth quarter,” CK coach Al Gleich said.

Point guard Kevin Van Hook, filling in for leading scorer Mike Malala, led CK’s offense with 14 points.

Malala’s absence was clearly felt, Gleich said.

“We didn’t have our point guard, and he’s the heart and soul on offense and defense,” Gleich said. “He’s got a possible stress fracture in his leg, so that hurts us.”

Gleich said he didn’t want to take away from SK’s win, though.

“South is very aggressive defensively and they took us out of some things,” he said.

Though pleased with his team’s defense, SK coach John Callaghan said his team was fortunate CK went cold from the field in the fourth quarter after doing no wrong offensively with its 20-point third quarter.

“They missed a few threes and our defense was again very good, except for the third quarter,” Callaghan said. “Nate really stepped up tonight. He did a nice job in crunch time and he finished, so that’s encouraging.”

Seitz was almost forced to step up because of nagging ankle injuries to seniors Tremaine Curry and Tyler Mayfield. They played and combined for 14 points but were not at full strength.

Callaghan said the bye tonight couldn’t come at a better time.

“We’re a little banged up right now,” Callaghan said. “It’s perfect because we’ve got guys with aches and pains. It should totally work in our favor.”

SK will have fresh legs when it plays at Bremerton (2-3 Bridge, 7-6) Friday at 8 p.m.

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