South Kitsap and Auburn played fast, aggressive, attacking basketball from the opening tip of their Class 4A West Central District boys game Wednesday.
However, an early abundance of turnovers and missed shots depressed the score and kept either team from getting much separation in the first half.
That changed instantly in the second half, as the Wolves bolted away with a nine-point run and surged to a 66-57 win over the Trojans at Auburn High School.
South Kitsap moves on to face Bethel in a 4A district quarterfinal game Friday.
“A team like us, we play four guards, so we have to hit shots,” South Kitsap coach John Callaghan said. “If we hit shots we can get on a little run. We hit a couple of threes. In the first half we were getting to the rack, but we weren’t finishing. There were probably five lay-ins that we left there. Once we started settling down and hit some shots, things went our way.”
The Wolves trailed 35-34 at halftime. Then they took control with a 21-10 advantage in the third quarter. Thirteen of those third-quarter points came from Caulin Bakalarski, who ended with a game-high 26 points.
JJ Ruffin and Marguise Prater led Auburn with 13 each. Rio Paul nailed back-to-back fourth-quarter treys, but the Trojans couldn’t mount a serious challenge down the stretch.