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Boys Basketball: South Kitsap falls to Bellarmine as offense sputters again

The word consistent generally has a positive connotation.

One exception is the South Kitsap’s boys basketball team.

Regardless of the venue, the Wolves struggle to score, and that was no different Wednesday night during a 56-48 loss against Bellarmine Prep in Narrows League play.

“Offensively, you can just see we’re not shooting or playing with a lot of confidence,” South coach John Callaghan said. “It’s been that way every game.”

The Wolves (6-8 overall, 3-6 league) shot just 28.3 percent from the field as they fell three games behind Gig Harbor for the fourth — and final — playoff spot in the Bridge Division. There are just six regular-season games remaining, beginning tonight at Mount Tahoma.

“It comes down to the little things,” South senior forward Greg Pickard said. “Free throws, missed layups and shots. We’ve got to clean it up.”

The Wolves converted just 6 of 16 free-throw attempts in the first half as they trailed 23-15 entering the third quarter.

“We have times where we are just running around,” Callaghan said. “There were times in the first half where they were zone that I didn’t know what we were doing. Throw it around, throw up a 3 and hope for the best.”

Bellarmine (9-6, 6-3) kept its lead in that range for most of the second half and had 46-36 lead with 3 minutes, 52 seconds left in the contest. That is when guard Donald Gaddy fouled South sophomore guard Nars Martinez. Gaddy protested the call and was assessed a technical foul. Martinez converted 3 of 4 free throws.

But even as the Wolves were able to hold Bellarmine without a field goal for the final 3:30, they could not cut their deficit to any less than five points. The Lions, who were led by forward Jordan Cain’s 15 points, shot 40.8 percent from the field.

“We played good enough defense to win,” Callaghan said. “I can’t fault our effort.”

South also played without senior forward Leon La Deaux, who leads the team in points and rebounds per game. La Deaux suffered a foot injury during Friday’s 50-42 loss at Olympia. Callaghan said he will not play against Mount Tahoma, but should be back next week.

The Wolves missed his, well, consistency.

“I think we’re still — even now — searching,” Callaghan said. “I’ve guys in and out, sick and hurt. Wah, wah, wah.”

Wednesday

Bellarmine Prep 56, at South Kitsap 48

Bellarmine Prep 9 14 14 19 — 56

South Kitsap 6 9 16 17 — 48

Bellarmine Prep: Imar White 7, Isaiah Flynn 0, Tommy Joyce 8, Donald Gaddy 8, Johnny Harbottle 4, Jake Wisness 4, Jordan Cain 15, Marcus Matthews 0, Sefo Liufau 10.

South Kitsap: Josh Dubble 11, Greg Pickard 9, Isaiah Davis 7, Kerry Burden 1, Nars Martinez 15, Cedric Brown 2, Chris Blue 0, Joey Osinski 3, Riki Blas 0.

Friday

At Olympia 50, South Kitsap 42

South Kitsap 10 7 12 13 — 42

Olympia 12 8 13 17 — 50

South Kitsap: Josh Dubble 1, Greg Pickard 3, Isaiah Davis 4, Kerry Burden 7, Nars Martinez 8, Steven Ebner , Joey Osinski 8, Leon La Deaux 11.

Olympia: Smith 3, Magalei 4, Robbins 7, Talukdar 8, Raschkow 7, Weber-Brader 13, Slater 2, Schultz 6.

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