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Oh so close
After Shelton stunned Central Kitsap a week ago in Narrows League boys basketball action, anything seemed possible. And with that in mind, the Olympic Trojans seemed willing and able to pull off an upset of its own.
But despite taking a first quarter lead, the Trojans couldnt hold on, keeping the game close but just out of reach in falling to Bremerton at home Friday, 75-64.
Olympic (2-14, 1-9) did a good job of controlling the pace of play in the first quarter, and as a result, led 18-13 through the first. But Bremerton (8-8, 5-5) woke up in the second, outscoring Oly 20-8 to build a lead it would keep despite a close second half.
Im proud of my guys, Oly coach Tyson Whitfield said. We came out tonight and played extremely hard.
Bremerton used big runs to down the Trojans, including a 10-0 run to start the second quarter, expanding the run to 20-3 with just less than two minutes remaining.
Another big part of Bremertons turnaround was rebounding. After crashing the boards hard throughout the first quarter, Bremerton starting getting second and third chances, allowing them to keep their run alive.
At the beginning, we were great on the glass, Whitfield said. Our big guys got two fouls each early on. They hesitated to go to the glass as hard as they were at the beginning of the game.
Bremerton was supposed to be without leading scorer Armand Boddie, who had been suspended for one game as a result of an on-court fight last week at North Kitsap.
But Bremerton coach Larry Gallagher said an appeal of the suspension was accepted after it was confirmed that Boddie had no part in the fighting that went on. Bremertons Jason Sutton was suspended for the contest.
Always having the whole team together is nice, Gallagher said. We look out for each other.
Gallagher said one of the nice things about his squad is that even though Boddie is the top scorer, other players can step up and put points on the board if needed.
Armand is our leading scorer, but theres always two, three, four kids that have 8 or 9 points, Gallagher said. Were not looking for any one individual in our offense.
That point was proven as Ben Wilson had 18 to lead the Knights. Boddie had 15, and Ulysses Williams and Jawan Pedesclaux each scored 13.
For Olympic, the combination of Justin Turners sharpshooting and Regan Logovas ferocity inside kept Oly in it the whole game, as the Trojans trailed just 42-38 in the second half.
(Our shooting) has been sort of hot and cold lately, Whitfield said. (Justin) is our shooter and he has to hit his shots. He definitely kept us in the game.
Turner scored a game-high 19, including five three-pointers, while Logova added 17 for Oly.
Ultimately, Bremerton just didnt give Oly the room it needed to get back into the game.
We worked really hard defensively, Gallagher said. We got some good execution on offense. Our defensive pressure led to lots of turnovers. Im very pleased.
And while Whitfield knows his team is out of the playoffs, he also knows that they can still shake some things up with games remaining against North, Central and South Kitsap, as well as a road game against Shelton, whom Oly beat at home 59-48 earlier this season for its only league win. South Kitsap leads the league, while CK and North are tied for second. Gig Harbor holds a one-game lead over Bremerton for the fourth and final playoff spot.
I was talking to the guys, Whitifeld said. Mathematically, we might be out of the playoffs. But we can shake up some things in the standings. Im not ready for the season to end. I want that first road win.
The Trojans will try to get that for him as they head on the road for the last time this season at 7 p.m. tonight at Shelton.