Showdown! CK and Oly renew hoops rivalry

A couple of big guys in the post? Check.

Good shooting guards in the perimeter? Check.

A rough opening to the 2002-03 season? Check.

If there’s anything different about the Central Kitsap and Olympic boys basketball teams this season, could somebody please raise their hand? OK, CK does come in with a slightly better winning record (3-4) than Oly (3-5), but other than that they’re eerily similar.

“We’re cookie-cutter type teams,” OHS coach Robert Polk said.

“We match up size-wise about the same,” CK coach Al Gleich said. “Both of us have won a couple games in a row and that gives some confidence and gets the kids feeling good.”

The 7 p.m. Friday game at Olympic’s gym could be decided in the paint where CK’s Lukas Haas (16 points per game) and Oly’s Brendan Campbell (14 ppg) should clash in a battle of power forwards.

Motivation won’t be much of a problem for either team or their fans.

“Every time these teams get together it’s a good contest,” Polk said.

“And it’s a Friday night so we should have a good crowd for both teams,” Gleich said.

In the opening game at 5:30 p.m., the Lady Trojans are hoping to overcome a season-long offensive slump.That will be quite a challenge against the Lady Cougars’ lightning-quick defense that has been proven unbeatable in its earlier Narrows League Bridge Division games against North Kitsap and Port Angeles.

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