Boys Basketball Roundup: North Kitsap, South Kitsap, Olympic win district openers

POULSBO — Kobe McMillian put forth a superhuman effort in the first round of the West Central District III 2A boys basketball tournament, dropping 40 points in an 83-51 win over Lindbergh.

McMillian was unstoppable from beyond the arc added four assists and four steals to his 40-point night and his team was firmly in control from start to finish.

“The guys bought in and prepared,” said head coach Scott Orness. “We locked them down defensively from the get-go.”

Bobby Siebers came off the bench to score 17 points on a 7 for 10 shoot night. Shaa Humphrey added nine points and Logan Chmielewski chipped in six. The Vikings led 47-21 at halftime.

North Kitsap attempted 32 3-point shots in the game and hit 15.

“We shot the lights out tonight,” Orness said.

The Vikings will play at Steilacoom at 6 p.m. Friday night. A win in that game would secure a spot in the regional round.

Olympic 81, Foster 54

The Trojans picked up a mammoth victory on the road in their first round game, knocking off No. 6 Foster by a huge margin, 81-54, putting Olympic one win away from clinching a regional berth.

Brandon Barron scored a game-high 35 points and Greg Brehmer chipped in 26 as Olympic sprinted out to a 25-4 lead after one quarter. On the other end of the court, the defense was able to shut down a Bulldogs team averaging 77 points per game in the SPSL 2A this season.

“They love to get out and run, so our transition defense was our number one priority,” Olympic head coach Jon O’Connor said. “We did a nice job with that and extending our zone, I thought our zone rotations were better tonight than at any point in the season.”

Caleb Morgan added a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Trojans led 44-21 at halftime and led by 29 points after three quarters.

“There were some things happening tonight, you could see it clicking for the players,” O’Connor said. “The key now is to harness that and try to do it again Friday night.”

The Trojans will face the No. 3 seed in the tournament, Franklin Pierce, which has a 21-2 record this season.

South Kitsap 53, Todd Beamer 51

Kyler Kelso’s layup with 30 seconds left gave the Wolves a 53-51 comeback victory over Todd Beamer in their pigtail game in the West Central/Southwest Bi-District 4A tournament.

A lackluster first half offensive performance put South Kitsap behind the eight ball. The team trailed by 14 heading into the break.

“We were settling for perimeter shots in the first half where we should have went inside,” Callaghan said. “We were just not inspired, we weren’t playing with any intensity.”

Callaghan called on his team to go to a full court press and the Wolves awoke from their offensive slumber. Todd Beamer led 42-41 after three quarters, but South Kitsap was able to complete the come-from-behind win.

Kelso led the way with 15 points and Eli Mackie (11) and DeAnte Ward (10) also registered double digits. Donavin Grant chipped in eight and Gavin Morkert added seven.

“The press woke us up,” Callaghan said. “We started attacking the basket and all of the sudden we were right back in it.”

South Kitsap will play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kentridge in the first round of the district tournament. Win or lose, its next game will be at noon on Feb. 9 at either Foss or Mount Tahoma.

— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MKrulishKDN.