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Cougar boys play for hoops trophy today

TACOMA — The Central Kitsap boys basketball team kept its dream alive at the Class 4A state basketball tournament Friday morning with a dominating 64-46 victory over Pasco.

The Cougars came out in the first quarter with an early 17-4 lead and never looked back.

“We had to get to them early,” CK coach Tim Fryer said. “They (Pasco) looked tired.”

The Cougs will play the winner of the Mount Vernon-Davis (results unavailable at press time) in the consolation finals at 11:30 a.m. today back at the Tacoma Dome.

If CK wins, they get fifth place. Lose and they come in eighth. Either way they’ll bring home the school’s first basketball trophy since 1971.

“That fifth-place trophy will look like first to us,” Fryer said.

Neil Fryer had another strong performance, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds including nine on the defensive end.

“We wanted to prove we belonged in the winners’ bracket,” Neil Fryer said of CK’s opening barrage. “But you have to finish where you are.”

The junior forward thanked his teammates for getting him chances to score.

“I felt good with the shot and my teammates recognized that,” he said.

Brice Brooks had 13 points and eight rebounds while Sam Weller added 10 points and five rebounds.

Eric Mattox led the Bulldogs with 13 points.

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