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No. 5 Curtis jumps out to big lead, holds off No. 2 Jackson down stretch to win 4A title

By Eric D. Williams

Clear out a spot in the trophy case – the Curtis High boys basketball team is bringing home a state title.

A sizeable crowd made the trek from University Place to watch their high school outlast previously undefeated Jackson 60-56 in the Class 4A state title game at the Tacoma Dome late Saturday evening.

With a win, Tim Kelly became the first coach to win large-school classification state titles at two different schools.

Kelly won back-to-back state titles at Lincoln in 2001 and 2002. His Vikings finished as runner-ups to state champion Gonzaga in 2011.


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Curtis boys 70, Garfield 66 (OT) in 4A semifinal

By Eric D. Williams

The word “zone” does not role easily off the tongue of Curtis head coach Tim Kelly, whose teams traditionally play an intense brand of man-to-man defense.

But after No. 1 Garfield’s physical frontcourt totaled 24 points in the paint in the first half, Kelly wisely switched to a swarming, matchup zone in the second half.

“We’ve had it in the back pocket,” Kelly said. “We don’t use it a lot. We’re a man team.

“I was kind of joking that all of these people came to watch Curtis and Garfield go at it today, and they’re

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Curtis boys 62, Newport (Bellevue) 40 in 4A quarterfinals

By Eric D. Williams

Curtis head coach Tim Kelly believes the persistent pressure of his team’s man-to-man defense will eventually wear opponents down.

And that’s what happened for the No. 5 Vikings, as they outscored the Knights 19-3 in the fourth quarter to cruise to a 62-40 victory in the opening game of the Class 4A state tournament here at the Tacoma Dome.

Curtis forced 26 Newport turnovers, including 15 in the second half.

Curtis point guard Dominic Robinson led the Vikings with 18 points, including 10 in the opening quarter. Fellow guard Dominique Jordan chipped in 11 points.

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