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South gets passing grade at season's mid-point
John Callaghan is used to handing out grades; he does it on almost a daily basis at Marcus Whitman Junior High.
But as his South Kitsap boys basketball team hit the seasons halfway mark Wednesday night with a 73-52 win over Olympic, the Wolves find themselves tied atop the Narrows League Bridge Division standings thanks to Central Kitsaps win over Gig Harbor. The Wolves (12-1, 7-1) started the second half of league play late Friday night at home against Shelton and face its toughest stretch of the season next week with road games at Port Angeles (9-4, 5-2) Wednesday and at Gig Harbor (11-2, 6-1) Friday.
So with that in mind, Callaghan, in his eighth year as the ninth-ranked Wolves coach, handed out some grades on his own teams performance so far this year.
OFFENSE: Our offense off the break is excellent I think. Our halfcourt offense, thats improving. Thats the one area offensively that we need to work on and improve at. And just finishing shoots around the basket. So those two areas, but execution in the halfcourt is the main area of concern. Id say our halfcourt offense would be about a C-plus or B- minus and off the break, its probably an A going to the hoop, were alright. Grade: B
DEFENSE: Defensively, again we are improving. I think our pressure has been excellent. Our rebounding has been pretty good, were doing a nice job of getting a butt on people and not giving up a lot of second shots. Our halfcourt defense, weve just been solid in the halfcourt, its an area we need to improve in. Grade: B
GUARDS: I think our guards (Tippy Burk, Tysaiah Curry, L.P. Neloms, Dan Nelson) have done a nice job of taking care of the ball, running our offense and scoring. I think the thing is that we just havent been tested a lot up till now, unfortunately. So its hard, until we get pushed and Gig Harbor is really the only game that we have been pushed and weve had a lot of game where weve blown people out. So its hard (to grade) because we havent had that experience of end-of-game execution. Grade: B
WINGS: They (Conner Gehring, Evan Atwater, Garrett Boone, Jared Privatt) have been solid and I think thats a strength of ours. Our wings have done a nice job of shooting the ball, taking care of the ball, I have no complaints right now. Grade: B
POSTS: (Josh Monagle, Ryan Sweet, Joe Pisa, Kris Carlson) have been OK, Id say theyve been pretty good. Obviously, Josh got off to a fast start Ryan getting hurt, gave Joe an opportunity to show what he can do and hes done a nice job. Kris has really come on and done a nice job. Grade: B
BENCH: I think the bench is definitely our strength. I dont theres been a team thats come close to outscoring us off the bench, or even been close. And thats nice because were pretty comfortable (playing) nine or even ten guys right now. Our bench is definitely the strength of this team. Grade: A minus
COACHING: I dont know. The coaches (Callaghan, Darren Bowden, David Rodriguez, Jim Savage, Justin Anderson), weve gone out and got our scouting done and weve been hard at it. But its been an interesting start to the season but somewhat frustrating. I mean, here we are 12-1 but I wouldnt say I was ecstatic or overly happy about how things have been just from a discipline standpoint. But that is improving. We sat down and had a team meeting and ironed some things out when we were in Yakima, which was excellent it was just what we needed. So I anticipate the coaching to improve also. Definitely. Grade: B
OVERALL: I think were moving in the right direction. And thats the most important thing. I think we are getting better, well, were definitely getting better. And we still have a long ways to go. Hard work is something that were still doing and were still going after what we want. As far as goals that we had set, there still out there and attainable for us. So Id say things are looking good. Grade: B plus.
Notes: Ryan Sweet scored 17 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead the ninth-ranked Wolves to a 73-52 Narrows League Bridge Division win over Olympic Wednesday night. Evan Atwater continued his strong play with 12 points, Josh Monagle netted 11 while L.P. Neloms added 10.
South Kitsap 73, Olympic 52
Olympic Ryan Neal 4, Chris Maclaren 9, Rodney Jones 8, Sean Joyner 9, Xavier Mancha, Rich Smith 8, Marc Valencia , Justin Turner 12, Tony Williams 2, Chris Lane, Rashad Greene.
South Kitsap Conner Gehring 6, Tippy Burk 3, LP Neloms 10, Jsoh Monagle 11, Ryan Sweet 17, Jared Privatt, Gibson Davies 2, Tyisaiah Curry 6, Evan Atwater 12, Kris Carlsen 2, Garrett Boone, Joe Pisa 4.