Timberline 73, South Kitsap 67 (OT)
(Lacey, WA) The Timberline Blazers came into the game in 3rd place in the Narrows 4A just a half game behind Olympia and a game and a half behind front running Bellarmine Prep and with both still on the schedule if they wanted to move up in the standings they need to knock off them off and certainly could not falter against anyone else. South Kitsap came in with the 5th and final District spot but were also looking to improve their position with a chance to move in front of 4th place Yelm.
The Wolves began hot and stayed hot through the 1st half. Isaiah Lewis was a force in the paint while Eric Wattree lit it up from the outside. SK scored 24 in the 1st quarter with Wattree and Lewis combining for 15. SK would slow down a bit in the 2nd but still went to the break with 40 on their side of the scoreboard. Wattree had 12 and Lewis 9. Daniel Tomkiewicz had 7 and Isaijha Byrd 8 with 2 long balls.
The Blazers would hang within striking distance through the 1st quarter trailing by 9 and would see their deficit extend to 11 but then began their comeback and would post 23 2nd quarter points and it was a 2-point game at the half with the Wolves up 40-38. Erik Stevenson would hit for 10 1st half points, Eli Morton 9, Jarryn Bush 7 and Tariq Romain 6 in a well balanced attack.
The officials called only 14 first half fouls but lit up the board with more than 20 in the 2nd half. Jailin Bush fouled out for Timberline while several others were in trouble with 4 including Stevenson and Romain and for the Wolves Wattree and Byrd. This led to several role players not only playing but stepping up with big shots.
In the 2nd half South Kitsap would give up the lead momentarily but then take it back until the 1:27 mark when the Blazers Casson Rouse drained a 3-ball to tie it at 64. Neither team could score in the final 87-seconds although both teams had chances so off to overtime we went.
The Blazers drew 1st blood when Austin Curry drained a 3-ball. Curry who scored just 2 in the 1st half pumped in 12 the 2nd half and OT. Tomkiewicz came right back and hit a 3-ball himself to tie the game at 67. The two teams would scramble back and forth until 1:09 mark when Timberline Freshman Hunter Campau drilled a 3-point shot from the right corner with the eventual game winning shot and would earn our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.
The Blazers would finish off the Wolves from the free throw line for the 6-point win and improves to 7-2 in Narrows League play while South Kitsap drops to 2-6. Our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the Game were Austin Curry for the Blazers and Isaiah Lewis for the Wolves.
Timberline: Stevenson 18, Curry 14, Romain 12, Jarryn Bush 10, Morton 9, Rouse 3, Campau 3, Williams 2, Jaelin Bush 2
South Kitsap: Lewis 22, Wattree 15, Tomkiewicz 12, Byrd 11, Bayne 4, McMorris 2, Strutz 1