EAST BREMERTON — It will be win or go home the rest of the way through the district tournament for the Olympic boys basketball team.
After cruising past Steilacoom, 59-30, in their district opener, the Trojans hit the road for a tough matchup against Renton and fell, 69-49. Olympic will face Sequim on Feb. 14 at Wilson High School in an elimination game and then will need to win two more to get the fifth and final spot in the 2A regional tournament.
If Olympic wins, they will face the winner of the match between Highline and Franklin Pierce. Possible opponents for a finals matchup on the left side of the bracket include Lindbergh and Clover Park.
But before hitting that bump in the road, it was smooth sailing as the Trojans hosted the Sentinels on Feb. 8.
Jaiden Mosley hit six 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 26 points as Olympic routed Steilacoom. Brandon Barron came off the bench to score 14 points and Evan Turnquist dominated the glass with 14 rebounds.
It was forgotten quickly in the wake of Olympic’s dominance, but early in the second quarter, Steilacoom actually took a 17-16 lead before the Trojans went on a 15-1 run to swing the contest in their direction.
Olympic had initially opened a 10-3 lead behind the hot shooting of Mosley, who scored eight during that span. But Steilacoom would answer with three consecutive baskets and the two teams were tied at 12 after one.
“I think we kind of saw we were throwing the ball all over the place,” Olympic head coach Devin Huff said. “There are some guys here that have been there and there are some guys that haven’t.”
“And it’s different,” Huff continued. “Even though Steilacoom, they might not have a great record, they still play in a very solid league and if you look at who they play, we showed them in film — they beat Clover Park. They have beaten some good teams and have close losses to teams that are pretty darn good.”
The long second quarter scoring run was capped by Mosley, who beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer from near the half-court line to give the Trojans a 31-18 lead heading into the break.
“We had a shoot around this morning and I was just throwing those up,” Mosley said.
It was more of the same in the second half for Olympic. Junior post Caleb Morgan entered the game and scored nine points to provide some complementary offense as Mosley continued to be the focal point while the defense kept its end of the court locked up and only allowed Steilacoom to score 12 over the final two quarters.
Olympic 59, Steilacoom 30
Ste 12 6 6 6 — 30
Oly 12 19 19 9 — 59
Steilacoom (30) — Cady 8, Shird 4, Willingham 4, McDonald 3, Martin-Banks 3, Vasquez 3, Williams 3, Page 2.
Olympic (59) — Mosley 26, Barron 14, Morgan 9, Turnquist 6, Dean 4.
— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.