Most of the players have changed, but the approach remains the same.
A year after reaching the boys basketball state finals, Curtis High is again winning with defense.
“The one consistent thing should be effort on the defensive end,” Vikings coach Tim Kelly said after his team dispatched second-ranked Bellarmine Prep 48-41 in the semifinals of the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District tournament at Auburn High.
For the eighth time in 10 games, the Vikings held their opponent to fewer than 50 points.
“Our coach emphasizes defense,” said senior forward Darius Johnson-Wilson, one of two returning starters from last season. “We’ve got to have energy on defense.”
Curtis has had plenty of energy lately.
Since a disappointing loss to Kentwood in the South Puget Sound League championship last week, the Vikings have reeled off three straight wins, knocking off two ranked teams – they toppled No. 5 Union in the quarterfinals.
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