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Wolves await post-season fate

South Kitsap High School’s boys basketball players were Port Angeles fans last night. SK needed PA to defeat Gig Harbor to force a three-way tie for first-place in the Narrows League Bridge Division.

Results were unavailable at press time, but if Gig Harbor won then the Wolves will have the next three days to prepare for Mount Tahoma — the Bay Division No. 2 team — to determine the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds going into the West Central District tournament.

If PA pulled out the win to force the three-way tie, then all three teams must play for seeds.

The athletic director from each of the three schools would hold a coin-toss.

The odd-team would get a bye and await the winner of the game between the remaining two teams, and play for the No. 1 seed.

One of the goals SK players set before the season was to beat Lincoln.

SK may have to wait until districts to accomplish that goal.

Callaghan said the only scenario he dreads is a loss to Mount Tahoma.

“We don’t want to be the fourth-place team out of the Narrows League,” SK Coach John Callaghan said. “ The No. 4 team has to travel to Vancouver to play the No. 1 team (Battle Ground) out of the Southwest League.”

SK is familiar with Mount Tahoma. The Wolves defeated the Thunderbirds 59-50 at Mount Tahoma Dec. 7.

SK (9-3 Bridge, 14-4 overall) ended its regular season with a 64-48 win at Central Kitsap Wednesday night.

Winners of eight of the last nine games, Callaghan said he thinks SK can continue to improve if it maintains the same type of intensity it showed at CK.

Early in the game CK showed what can happen to SK if the intensity isn’t there.

The Cougars broke out to an 18-13 first-quarter lead. But the Wolves tightened the screws in the second quarter.

The Wolves held the Cougars to just four points in the second quarter and took a 29-22 lead into halftime.

SK continued to chip away at the score with solid efforts in the third quarter (19-13) and fourth quarter (16-13).

SK and CK were nearly even in rebounds (33-31) but SK’s defense held CK to just 30 percent shooting from the floor while SK shot nearly 50 percent.

SK’s Jake Beitinger led the Wolves with nine rebounds and chipped in 12 points.

Nate Seitz led SK with 13 points, and Adam Bennett added 12 points.

“South’s a tough matchup because of their size inside, and they can still shoot the three and they’re deep,” CK coach Al Gleich said. “They got us to play a little faster tempo than we needed. We needed to slow

it down more (like CK did in the opening quarter).”

Gleich said SK and Gig Harbor are clearly the division’s strongest teams and drew a comparison between the two.

“They’re both good defensively,” he said. “South’s bigger. Gig Harbor’s interchangeable. They’ve got a bunch of 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 guys. South’s got more weapons offensively. Gig Harbor relies more on Allison’s shooting.”

No matter the outcome of last night’s game between PA and Gig Harbor, SK senior Josh Meeker said it was important to end the regular season strong.

“This is just the beginning, but we wanted to go out on a good note to go into the postseason,” Meeker said. “We wanted to get some momentum to go into the playoffs, and I think we did a good job of that (at CK).”

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