Boys Basketball: Second-quarter woes sink South Kitsap

Even in a sport where dunks draw the attention, quality basketball is more about substance than style.

Behind its superior execution, Inglemoor dominated South Kitsap 58-38 in the Les Schwab Christmas Classic opener for both teams Monday at Bellevue College.

The Vikings (5-1), who play in the Class 4A KingCo, took the lead for good with a 21-2 run to begin the second quarter. South (3-5) scored its only points during that span on a layup by senior wing Leon La Deaux, who had a game-high 16 points.

“In the first half, it just seemed like they were pushing us around,” South coach John Callaghan said. “It looked like boys playing against men.”

Callaghan urged his team to be more aggressive at halftime. The Wolves only shot five free throws in the first half. They finished 11 of 18 at the line.

“The most aggressive team usually is going to succeed,” Callaghan said. “We have the ability, it’s just a matter of doing it.”

While South was more aggressive in the second half, its woes from the field continued. La Deaux had five field goals during the game, just two less than his teammates — combined. The Wolves were 3 of 20 from the field in the second half and shot just 27.9 percent for the game. In addition to a lack of aggression at times, Callaghan felt his team executed poorly on offense.

“It seems like sometimes we’re going through the motions of our offense without looking for scoring opportunities,” he said. “We’ve got to work harder.”

Callaghan also wants to see more communication on the court.

“Our team chemistry is almost nonexistent,” he said. “We’re not playing well together.”

Junior point guard Isaiah Davis agreed.

“We have a lot of one-on-one dribbling,” he said. “We’ve got to play together.”

Despite the poor shooting, the Wolves cut their deficit to 39-29 with 3 minutes, 56 seconds left in the third quarter on a layup by sophomore guard Nars Martinez, who had 10 points.

But Inglemoor’s balanced scoring attack — junior guard Eric Bryant led five players who scored in double figures with 15 points — combined with just 10 turnovers was too much for South to overcome.

“They’re not going to beat themselves,” Callaghan said. “You have to go get them.”

Any prospect of a comeback seemed to end when the Vikings drained the shot clock down to 2 seconds before 6-foot-7 forward Brady Gregor, who had 11 points, was fouled by Joey Osinski while converting a layup. He then hit a free throw to extend Inglemoor’s lead to 54-37 with 3:08 left.

Despite that, the game was much closer in the second half where the Wolves were outscored 23-18. Callaghan thinks he has a combination he likes with a pair of point guards — Davis and Josh Dubble — playing together. Along with La Deaux and Martinez, that lineup only leaves one player, 6-foot-6 senior post Joey Osinski, who is taller than 6-3.

“If we have to go small, we’ll go small,” said Callaghan, adding that he might look at calling up players from junior varsity. “That creates some match up problems for the team at the other end.”

South plays Kentlake, which lost 70-39 against Bellevue, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, has lost five games in a row. That is the school’s worst streak in more than a decade.

“I don’t think it’s an overwhelming thing to get where we want to go,” Callaghan said. “If we can keep improving, we’re in a good position.”

Les Schwab Christmas Classic at Bellevue College

Inglemoor 58, South Kitsap 38

South Kitsap 12 8 13 5 — 38

Inglemoor 12 23 12 11 — 58

South Kitsap: Josh Dubble 6, Greg Pickard 0, Isaiah Davis 2, Kerry Burden 0, Nars Martinez 10, Cedric Brown 0, Chris Blue 0, Brannon Bell 0, Joey Osinski 4, Leon La Deaux 16.

Inglemoor: Alex Auerbach 0, Andy Nwaelele 10, Paul Jorg 12, Jerry Molina 10, Brady Gregor 11, Colin Hamilton 0, Lantz Rudolph 0, Eric Bryant 15, Adam Mosebar 0, Tyler Bobin 0.

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