Curtis 49, Olympia 41
(Olympia, WA) The Curtis Vikings got their offense rolling out of the gate and the Olympia offense nearly didn’t show up at all in the 1st quarter as they fell behind 17-2 after the first 8 minutes. Dayne Shafer would break the ice for the Bears with just 40-seconds to play in the quarter. The Vikings would wrap up the 1st with our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game when Nathan Ward made a nifty behind the back pass to Tashon Brown to cap the scoring and give Curtis a huge 17-2 lead. Sindou Diallo led the Curtis scoring with 8 points and John Moore added 6.
The 2nd quarter instead of the Vikings putting the pedal to the metal and blowing out the Bears it was just the opposite as the Olympia defense stymied the Vikings limiting them to just 4 points while the Bears got cranked up scoring 15 to pull within 4 points at the break. Hunter Sipe struggled to get shots to go in the 1st quarter but started to get in a groove hitting for 6 in the 2nd quarter, Logan Wood scored all 4 of his points in the 2nd.
If Bears fans were hoping the momentum from their 2nd quarter would carry-over to the 3rd were disappointed when again the offense was off and they couldn’t score for the first 4 and half minutes. The Vikings didn’t explode on the Bears but did edge away to a 13 point lead 30-17 when Sipe broke the ice. Olympia would scratch their way back to a single digit deficit by the end of the 3rd 36-27.
The Bears behind the offense of Lucas Bowser would again pull themselves within 4 points late in the game. Bowser and Sipe both hit big 3-pointers the only deep balls that would go in for either side but Curtis would hold on to that 2 possession lead. Zack Paulsen came alive late for the Vikings hitting some shots but more importantly went 4 for 5 from the foul line down the stretch that actually stretched the lead from a 5-point 2 possession game to a 7-point 3-possession game that the Bears would not be able to overcome.
With the win Curtis holds on to sole possession of 2nd place in the SPSL just a game behind Emerald Ridge who improved to 10-1 with a win over South Kitsap. The Vikings are now 9-2 while the Bears drop to 7-4 and 4th place a game behind Bellarmine Prep who beat Rogers to take over sole possession of 3rd place at 8-3. Our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the Game went to Curtis’ John Moore and Olympia’s Lucas Bowser.
Curtis: John Moore 16, Sindou Diallo 14, Zack Paulsen 13, Nathan Ward 4, Tashon Brown 2
Olympia: Lucas Bowser 12, Hunter Sipe 11, Casson Rouse 8, Logan Wood 4, Dayne Shafer 2, Kuke Kiley 2, Toran Effland 2