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CK boys can’t survive the Wolves

Central Kitsap’s Neil Fryer, who had been averaging more than 19 points per game, was held to just 9 against the state Class 4A No. 3 Wolves on Wednesday.  - Photo by Jesse Beals
Central Kitsap’s Neil Fryer, who had been averaging more than 19 points per game, was held to just 9 against the state Class 4A No. 3 Wolves on Wednesday.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

Jamil Moore scored 22 points and sparked an outstanding defensive effort as the South Kitsap boys basketball team opened up a comfortable lead on its league foes with a 71-58 win over Central Kitsap Wednesday night.

Moore poured in 14 second half points, including a pair of big 3-pointers, and shutdown the Cougars’ Neil Fryer as the No. 3 ranked Wolves moved to 13-0 overall and 7-0 in Narrows League Bridge Division play. The win gives South a two-game edge over the rest of the league at the halfway point of the season.

“I don’t think anyone is going to care ... what our record is or how many games we are ahead,” South coach John Callaghan said. “Every team we play, it’s going to make their season to beat us. So we have to be ready to play.”

The Wolves, who shared the league title with the Cougars last year, were ready Wednesday night as sophomore point guard Tippy Burk scored the first eight points of the game for South, which led by 10 just two minutes into the game. In fact Burk scored 10 of his 11 points in the first quarter as South built a 21-17 lead.

But while Moore was holding Fryer to just one first-quarter point, senior forward Glen Perkins kept the Cougars in the game with 16 points in the game’s first eight minutes. Perkins had 21 at the break and ended the night with a game-high 29.

Balanced scoring and a strong defense allowed South to jump out to a 42-27 halftime lead and Moore put the game out of reach in the second half by scoring 14 of his 22 points.

“I’m just taking it to the hoop,” Moore said. “It’s a big win for us because it keeps us on top but we have to keep playing harder.”

The Wolves had four players in double figures, led by Moore. Burk had 11 while junior post Josh Monagle netted 12 and junior wing Conner Gehring added 10.

Fryer was held to nine points.

The loss dropped Central to 8-5 overall and 5-2 in league and into a second-place tie with North Kitsap.

“It’s a huge win for them but it’s a long season,” Central coach Tim Fryer said. “We’re going to start a win streak none but we’ll need some help to get back to first and it might happen but it might not.”

Central hosts Shelton at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

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