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Wolves lack intensity in loss
If ever there was a time to come out a little flat, Tuesday night was it.
And thats pretty much what the South Kitsap boys basketball team did in its Class 4A West Central/Southwest District semifinal matchup with Puyallup.
The bottom line is we werent as intense as we needed to be, South Coach John Callaghan said of the Wolves 53-46 loss.
We played hard, Callaghan said. I dont think we played with the intensity were capable of.
It would be hard to blame the Wolves for the somewhat lackluster performance. After all, they were coming off an emotionally charged 51-43 victory over undefeated and top-ranked Bethel last week a victory that propelled them into their fourth-straight Class 4A state tournament.
We may have been thinking a little bit about our last game instead of Puyallup, Callaghan said. The last game was great and we learned from it, but this is a different game and its down to the end and I think we let one slip away.
South, now 17-8, has one more game remaining before next weeks state tournament begins. The Wolves face Auburn at 2 p.m. today in the third/fourth place contest.
Callaghan seemed ready to let his Wolves slide a bit on the intensity, but just a bit.
Maybe but at this point, we dont have too many more games left, Callaghan said. And we talked about that. Its a 32-minute game and we ended up losing by the amount of points we were down by in the first quarter. You have to play all 32 minutes.
Puyallup, 17-7, faces Mount Tahoma at 6 p.m. tonight in the WCD title game.
Were playing hard and thats what it takes at this time, Puyallup Coach John Wetterauer said. Weve picked it up on defense and weve been kind of making things happen.
The title contest will be the Vikings third home playoff game of the year, something that Wetterauer likes.
We arent going to turn it down, Wetterauer said. Obviously, we didnt throw the game against Kentwood (a 66-54 loss in the South Puget Sound League tournament last week) to get into that bracket. Its a nice opportunity for us.
Puyallups Doug Noteboom scored a game-high 18 points, which was a surprise to both coaches.
Were a team and we dont have anyone that scores a ton of points, Wetterauer said. Doug picked up a big night for us. He just had a huge night for us offensively.
(Noteboom) was not at the top of our list, thats for sure, Callaghan said. He hit some tough shots but thats the way it goes.
Jake Beitinger paced the Wolves with 17 points while Adam Bennett added 13 and Jamil Moore tossed in 10.
It was a game to more of their liking, Callaghan said. Our guys played hard but I dont think our intensity was there. Obviously in the first quarter, the first half, maybe. The intensity, its going to have to be better than that.
Puyallup 53, South Kitsap 46
Puyallup 15 16 7 15 53
South Kitsap 11 14 7 14 46
Puyallup - Doug Noteboom 18, Justin Terry 2, Jacob McKinney 6, Adam Grant 5, Johnny Spevak 13, Austin Kirkpatrick 7, Makai Borden 2.
South Kitsap - Jake Beitinger 17, Adam Bennett 13, Mike Lizama, Derrick Webb 2, Jamil Moore 10, Conner Gehring 2, Rory Cosgrove 2.