SK keeps things interesting

It’s not like they’re doing it on purpose, but there are benefits to some of the closer-than-usual games the South Kitsap boys basketball team has been playing of late.

“I think we get a little too comfortable sometimes with leads,” senior post Adam Bennett said after Monday night’s 42-37 Narrows League Bridge Division win over Gig Harbor. “It’s kind of been a tradition here, always making it close games, a nail-biter for all the fans as well as Coach and ourselves. But I think we know how to pull out those close games.”

That’s been the key that’s led the Wolves to eight straight division wins and a spot atop the Bridge Division ladder. South is now 10-5 overall and 8-1 in league play with the win over Gig Harbor and Wednesday night’s 63-41 victory over Port Angeles.

“It’s kind of building a little resiliency in ourselves, having to make big plays towards the end of a game,” Jake Beitinger said. “We’re going to have to do that later on down the road anyways, so it’s good for us to get the practice now.”

Beitinger led the charge during the week, getting 19 points against Gig Harbor and 16 on PA. Bennett also scored 16 against PA and drew the difficult task of shutting down Bill Forelli in the Gig Harbor game.

“I kind of go in there with one mindset and one mindset only, and that’s to play some D,” Bennett said. “I’ll leave the scoring to Jake. And when we do our jobs, hopefully we’ll get the game won. It’s a lot of fun going one on one with some of the better players in the league.”

Bennett took Forelli out of Monday’s game, holding him to just 10 points.

The Wolves led Gig Harbor by double digits most of the way in Monday’s game but saw that lead cut to one with two minutes left in the game.

But as has been the case, the Wolves responded with tough defense and a key steal from sophomore Connor Gehring to pull out the win.

“It’s good in the respect that we found a way to win,” coach John Callaghan said. “Things weren’t going our way but we hung in there and made plays when we had to.”

Gehring scored 10 points in the Gig Harbor game and added 12 against PA.

South, who faced Gig Harbor again late Friday night, faces Marvin Williams and the Bremerton Knights Wednesday.

South Kitsap 63, Port Angeles 41

South Kitsap 12 13 14 24 — 63

Port Angeles 6 9 11 15 — 41

South Kitsap - Jamil Moore 9, Derrick Webb 2, Conner Gehring 12, Adam Bennett 16, Jake Beitinger 16, Evan Atwater 3, Reilly Hawkins 2, Connor McPherson 1, Mike Lizama 2.

Port Angeles - Luke Bissonette 6, Eric Boudreau 6, Andy Ochs 4, Scott Helpenstell 12, Brian Hoch 9, Justin Church 2, Kevin Konopaski 2.

Kitsap 42, Gig Harbor 37

Gig Harbor 5 6 11 15 — 37

South Kitsap 14 8 8 12 — 42

Gig Harbor - Matt Simpson 2, Bill Forelli 10, Zach Pappuleas 3, Bucky Marsh 3, Mike Fish 5, Ryan Christensen 14.

South Kitsap - Jamil Moore 2, Derrick Webb 4, Connor Gehring 10, Jake Beitinger 19, Adam Bennett 5, Rory Cosgrove 2.

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