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SK can clinch no worse than 2nd place in division

Control of first place is out of its hands, but the South Kitsap High School boys basketball team can clinch no worse than second place in the Narrows League Bridge Division with a win at Central Kitsap tonight at 8 p.m.

Despite their 65-50 win against Olympic on Senior Night Friday, the Wolves remain tied for second place with Port Angeles, a half-game behind Gig Harbor.

While SK concludes its regular season tonight, Gig Harbor still has two games remaining — including a road game at Port Angeles tonight.

The Tides finish the season Friday at North Kitsap.

An SK win tonight coupled with a Gig Harbor loss will put three teams in a three-way tie for first place.

If SK and Gig Harbor earn wins, SK clinches second place all by itself with an outside chance of tying Gig Harbor for first place if North Kitsap pulls off an upset win Friday.

SK coach John Callaghan said he thinks Gig Harbor could lose one of its two games.

“The two teams they have left to play can play,” Callaghan said. “PA is tough and North is scrapping to get in (the playoff picture).”

North Kitsap, Bremerton and Central Kitsap are all tied for the fourth (4-6) and playing for the final playoff spot.

Although SK earned the decisive win against Olympic, Callaghan had mixed feelings about the quality of his team’s play.

SK busted out in the first quarter by knocking down five three-pointers.

Senior Jason Boyd led the quarter with three three-pointers, and scored 11 of his team-high 14 points in the first half.

SK maintained a 10-point cushion for most of game but could never pull away from Olympic.

The key to the win was holding Geoff Kelstrupp — the division’s leading scorer at 17.1 points per game — below his average.

The Wolves held him scoreless in the first half and kept him to two points until he scored Olympic’s final five points in the waning moments of the game.

Callaghan said he wasn’t pleased with the play of his starters in the second half, but lauded the play of his bench.

The SK bench came close to outscoring the starters.

SK starters Boyd (14 points), Tremaine Curry (5), Tyler Mayfield (3), Jake Beitinger (6) and Adam Bennett (7) combined for 35 points.

Backups Josh Meeker (10), Nate Seitz (9), Boya Quichocho (5), Trivone Curry (2), Aaron Metz (2) and Brian Cox (2) finished with 30 points.

“We’re 10 deep,” Callaghan said. “Throughout the season there’s been times where every guy has started at one time or another. I’m confident in any of the 10 guys and the two swing guys (Trivone Curry and Joe Riley), they can play too. These guys go after it in practice so it’s not surprising to me.”

Unless SK hosts a first-round district playoff game, the game against Olympic was the last on the home court for seniors Boyd, Mayfield, Tre. Curry, Metz, Quichocho, and Meeker.

“I wouldn’t say that was a great game we played,” Callaghan said. “To go out on a winning note is cool but we’re going to need to play a lot better down the road.”

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