The No. 5-ranked Curtis Vikings took the first step toward a Class 4A West Central District Championship three-peat on Wednesday night, defending its home court and knocking off Battle Ground, 59-41.
The first round victory sets up a quarterfinal match-up against Stadium on Friday night. The game tips at 7:45 on neutral ground at Auburn High School.
Curtis (20-2) held a tight 12-10 lead late in the first quarter before going on a 16-2 scoring run that lasted well into the second quarter. Senior forward Isom Brown scored six points during the stretch.
The Curtis lead reached as many as 28 points late in the third quarter.
The Vikings played stifling defense, forcing 23 Battle Ground turnovers which led to a number of layups.
“We were able to come out and set the tone early,” Curtis coach Tim Kelly said. “I think our pressure got to them.”
Senior guard Dominic Robinson led the way for Curtis, pouring in 20 points. Most of Robinson’s points came on perimeter jumpers.
“He’s been really shooting the ball well,” said Kelly. “Our offense has been executing, getting him shots, and he’s knocking them down.”
Senior forward Andre Lewis added 14 points for Curtis.
The Vikings are attempting to become the first team to win three consecutive WCD titles since 1984. Oddly enough, it was Curtis which pulled off that feat.
The last non-Curtis team to do it was Bremerton, who won five in a row from 1946 to 1950.