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Knight can't slow down SK juggernaut
Nine games into the 2004-2005 season, only the scoreboard clock in their own gym has been able to slow down the South Kitsap boys basketball team.
The Wolves did just about everything right Friday night in a 78-39 Narrows League Bridge Division victory over Bremerton, stopping just long enough to allow some work to be done on their malfunctioning scoreboard, to stay perfect on the year.
The win takes the Wolves, ranked fourth in Class 4A by Washingtonpreps.com and seventh by the Seattle Times, to 9-0 on the year and 4-0 in league play and sets up a battle for first place tonight in Poulsbo against North Kitsap (6-2, 3-0).
Bremerton dropped to 4-6, 1-3 with the loss.
I thought we did a really nice job of moving the ball around, South coach John Callaghan said. We passed the ball well. We did a pretty nice job of taking care of the ball. It was fun. Theres not a lot to complain about.
And why would he complain when all the pieces continue to fall into place?
Senior guard Derrick Webb continued his hot scoring, senior guard/wing Jamil Moore is getting more and more comfortable in his new role of the teams top defender and the bench saw its share of playing time once again and this time everyone on the team scored.
Webb has led the team in scoring over the last five games and is now averaging 17 points a game after missing the first two games of the year with an injury.
He scored 16 against Bremerton, getting six early as the Wolves built a 25-5 first quarter lead.
He added 10 third quarter-points before sitting down for the night.
Ive taken it upon myself to try and lead this team, Webb said. I see everyone is trying to look up to me. My personal goal for the season was to try and get up to 20 (points a game). But whatever gets us the win, Ill be satisfied with that.
Moore, who has taken over the role of shutting down the opponents top scorer, has grown into his new position nicely and has been able to keep scoring when the team needs it. He scored 10 points in two quarters of action against the Knights.
Im getting used to it. Im liking it actually, Moore said of his new role. Playing with the big men, you know, rough them up and see what I can get.
(As far as scoring goes) Im just going to let it come to me, Moore said. Im just trying to work hard taking out players. If it comes to me, it comes to me. It doesnt matter - I just like to win.
The outcome was never in doubt as junior wing Conner Gehring scored nine first-quarter points before leaving the game with a turned ankle. With a 41-12 halftime lead, the Wolves bench took over, led by Evan Atwater, who hit three three-pointers on his way to 13 points.
Fridays game was yet another double-digit win in league play for the Wolves. In four Bridge Division games this year, South has won by an average of 29.5 points.
But that may not be the case tonight, as the Wolves head north to face North Kitsap in the biggest game of the year to this point. The winner will be alone in first place.
Thats a game Ive been looking forward to all season, Moore said, because of my buddy (NK post Ryan Young). We played together all summer. He thinks hes going to beat us, but well see.
Its going to be a battle, Webb said. They are one of the teams picked to win our league, so its going to be a pretty good battle.
The Vikings offer the toughest test yet for the Wolves, with a potent lineup that includes Young, Jared Prince and Jacob Gonzales.
Theyve got guys that can shoot it, and they have an inside force in Ryan Young, Callaghan said. Theyre athletic, and Im sure they are going to want to play physical. Its going to be a tough game for us.
The South junior varsity team ran its record to 4-2 on the year as every player scored in a 68-45 win. Dan Nelson led the way with 14 points while Ty Curry netted 13. Jeff Dailly and Larry Dearth scored 11 points each.
The Wolves sophomore team pulled out a 45-42 win behind 16 points from Jose Gidican and 14 from Chip Pierson. The Wolves are now 3-3.
South Kitsap 78, Bremerton 39
Score by quarters
Bremerton 5 7 6 21 39
South Kitsap 25 16 19 18 78
Bremerton Jason Sutton 4, 0-0 4; Armand Boddie 12, 1-4 13; Michael Morgan 8, 3-9 11; Ben Wilson 4, 0-0 4; Anthony Lewis 2, 0-0 2; Ulysses Williams 2, 3-4 5. Team totals: 32, 7-17 39.
South Kitsap Conner Gehring 6, 3-4 9; Tippy Burk 4, 0-0 4; Jamil Moore 10, 0-0 10; Derrick Webb 11, 5-6 16; Josh Monagle 2, 0-0 2; Connor McPherson 4, 0-0 4; Joe Pisa 2, 0-0 2; Ryan Sweet 4, 0-0 4; Evan Atwater 13, 0-0 13; LP Neloms 3, 1-1 5; Jacob Yount 4, 0-0 4; Ty Curry 5, 0-0 5. Team totals: 68, 10-12 78.
Three pointers: Boddie 2, Webb, Atwater 3, Neloms, Curry. Assists: Neloms 6, Burk 5. Rebounds: Sweet 8, Moore 5.