Mr. Cub shoots down the Central Kitsap Cavs

Trevor Pyle/ Staff Photo Jared Prince (44) goes up for a shot against Central Kitsap Cubs on Thursday.

“Kingston falls to Central Kitsap. KINGSTON – Kingston Junior High couldn’t stop Sam Weller Thursday night. And that was bad news for the Cavs. Weller, a deadeye shooter for the Central Kitsap Junior High Cubs, racked up 34 points, many of them from the outside, while leading his team to a 66-48 win over Kingston. We put a hand in his face, we jumped in his face, and he hit them, Kingston coach Tony Chisholm was of Weller after the game. The loss drops Kingston to 1-3, but Chisholm saw many positives in the loss, especially an efficient 1st half that saw the Cavs stay with the talented Cubs. That was the best first half of basketball we’ve played this year, Chisholm said after the game. We played team defense very well. If we hadn’t missed a few buckets in the first half, we go into halftime with a significant lead. The Cavs began the game with four straight points by Garrett McKinstry, who hit a jump shot for the first basket, rolled off a screen the next time down the court, and buried his second J of the game. But the Cubs had packed their offense for the trip north. Weller flipped a beautiful cross-court pass to Lee Miller on a fast break; Travis Shuck buried a long jumper; and moments later Miller was flipped the ball on a fast break and shoveled it up and in. Central Kitsap held the lead as the first quarter ended, 15-14. The score seesawed throughout the first half, with both teams staying close to one another. McKinstry raised the ball over his head and nailed a long three-pointer; Central answered seconds later with a jumper of their own. Both teams hit the glass hard, with Hans Eldridge, Alex Campagna, and Jared Prince all snagging rebounds to help the Cavs stay with the sharp-shooting Cubs. But Weller was heating up. He nailed a three-pointer in the second quarter. He followed it with a steal and sailed in for a hoop right before halftime. The half ended with the Cubs clenching a 34-27 lead. The Cubs continued their scoring ways in the second half, soon going up by thirteen, 45-32. The Cavs tried to stay in the game. McKinstry made an acrobatic move inside, flipping the ball up and in and getting fouled in the process. Moments later, he made another inside bucket, on his way to a 25-point night. But the Cavs’ zone was broken by the Cubs, who constantly swung the ball around the perimeter, and inside and outside, the ball usually finding Weller, who buried jumper after jumper. Eventually, Chisholm changed his team’s setup to man-to-man defense. But even then the Cubs cored, with Lee Miller scooping in a fast break layup to stretch the Cub lead to 24. The game ended as a 66-48 loss for Kingston, dropping them to 1-3. They had a shooter who was hot, Chisholm said. But he was proud of his players, especially of their defensive effort in the first half. You should have seen them at halftime, he said. They were happy. They knew they were doing something for the first time. CENTRAL KITSAP (66) (Weller 34, Miller 8, Shuck 6, Moyer 5, Gihring 5, Kain 4, Acres 2) NORTH KITSAP (48) (McKinstry 25, Prince 9, Campagna 4, Ferguson 3, Korsak 3, Morsette 2, Eldridge 2) “

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