Lopsided wins give SK subs playing time

There really wasn’t a whole lot of good that could have come from the South Kitsap boy’s basketball team’s little excursion around the state last weekend.

With three road games in four days — two of those non-league exhibition contests to help celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — the Wolves didn’t had noting to gain except adding to their season win total, which they did by sweeping all three games.

Evan Atwater got a hot hand Friday in leading South to an 86-54 Narrows League Bridge Division win over Bremerton, and the core of the Wolves starting five took care of rest as South beat Olympia 59-37 on Saturday in Seattle and topped Mead 81-62 Monday in Yakima.

“The exposure that all of our guys are going to get, you can’t buy that,” South coach John Callaghan said. “In that regard, it’s good and I anticipate that we will play well.”

The Wolves did just that, and ran their season record to 11-1. The win over Bremerton has South at 5-1 in league play and alone in second place just a game behind Gig Harbor.

While Callaghan said the exposure is good for not only the players but for the school, he was hoping for two things to come out of the weekend – practice and staying healthy.

“Just get better,” Callaghan said of his goal. “At this point of the season, we just want to get better.”

After Friday’s league game, South headed over to Key Arena in Seattle to play a rescheduled game with Olympia before heading over the pass on Sunday for a Monday afternoon game in Yakima’s Sundome against Mead.

Both games were part of showcase days in honor of MLK Day.

“They are statement games,” Atwater said. “It’s a chance for us to let everyone out there know that we are a state champion contender.

“It’s a chance for everyone to get to play and run through the offense and defense that we might not be crisp on,” Atwater said. “It will be good for us.”

Atwater got the Wolves off to a good start, scoring 16 points in the win over Bremerton. The senior got his outside shot going against the Knights’ 2-3 zone, nailing four first-half 3-pointers before giving way to the bench in the second half.

“I love that. I love zones,” Atwater said. “I was due, I’ve been over-due. So that was part of it. So I felt good.”

With the starting five seeing limited action against Bremerton, South’s bench got plenty of work and everyone scored. Tysaiah Curry added 10 points against the Knights.

“Obviously Bremerton was missing a couple of its studs,” Callaghan said. “So a game like that, if you get out of here without an injury, I think you are successful. And we did.

“But games like this are just not good for us,” Callaghan said. “Our younger guys got some time and they played pretty well, actually. So that’s good.”

Atwater and Curry took advantage of more playing time against Olympia on Saturday. Curry led the Wolves with 13 points, while Atwater and Josh Monagle each score 10.

In the win over Mead, the starters got back on the board, led by L.P. Neloms and Ryan Sweet, who had 15 points each. Joe Pisa came off the bench to net 11, while Conner Gehring and Monagle each had 10 points and pulled down five rebounds.

“They want to play, and we need to play against some tough teams, Callaghan said. “We need some tough games. That’s what will make us better in the long run. These teams (Bremerton, Olympia) aren’t going to make us much better other than the younger guys getting more time.”

South returns to division play tonight by playing host to Olympic at 7 p.m.. The Wolves kick off the second half of league play Friday at home against Shelton.

South Kitsap 59, Olympia 37

Played Jan. 14 ay Key Arena, Seattle

Olympia— Ben Davis-Bloom 8, Taylor Hower 5, Nik Jorstad 4, Clay Longmire 4, Casey Stevick 4, Jerret Hursey 3, Eric Vaniman 3, Conrad Davis 2, Pat Miller 2, David Allwine 1, Brett Sandwick 1.

South Kitsap— Tysaiah Curry 13, Evan Atwater 10, Josh Monagle 10, Joe Pisa 9, Garrett Boone 4, Tippy Burk 3, LP Neloms 3, Ryan Sweet 3, Conner Gehring 2, Dan Nelson 2.

South Kitsap 86, Bremerton 54

Played Jan. 13 at Bremerton

Score by quarters

South Kitsap 26 27 15 18 – 86

Bremerton 9 17 13 15 – 54

South Kitsap – Conner Gehring 8, 1-2 – 9; Tippy Burk 0, 2-2 – 2; LP Neloms 8, 1-1 – 9; Josh Monagle 8, 0-1 – 8; Ryan Sweet 6, 2-2 – 8; Evan Atwater 14, 2-2 – 16; Joe Pisa 5, 1-2 – 6; Tysaiah Curry 9, 1-2 – 10; Dan Nelson 2, 5-6 – 7; Kris Carlson 2, 0-0 – 2; Jared Privatt 0, 2-2 – 2; Garrett Boone 4, 3-4 – 7.

Team totals: 46, 20-26 – 86.

Bremerton – Michael Morgan 0, 0-0 – 0; Tyrese Harrison 9, 4-5 – 13; Demetrius Gittens 8, 1-2 – 9; Patrick Lewis 14, 2-6 – 16; Trace Jordan 15, 1-6 – 15; Devon Vanderbush 0, 0-0 – 0; Jericho Bautiste 0, 0-0 – 0; Ulysses Williams 0, 0-0 – 0; Donald Rollman 0, 1-2 – 1. Team totals: 46, 9-21 – 54.

Three-point field goals: Gehring 2, Atwater 4, Curry, Pisa, Harrison, Jordan 4.


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