Curtis Continues SPSL South Dominance with Win Against Rams By Steve Dion
Saturday- January 9th
Curtis High School
Curtis senior Glenn Jordan
Curtis has separated itself as the top dog in the South Puget Sound League-South division this season and Saturday night was another opportunity for the Vikings to demonstrate their dominance. To do so, they would have to defeat the Rogers Rams who is hungry to get back on track. The fast start for Curtis set the tone for the game with the duo of senior Aushanti Potts-Woods and Glenn Jordan doing damage. Rogers chipped away at the deficit in the waning minutes of the first half, but still trailed by double digits at the break. In his post-game remarks, Coach Tim Kelly was asked about playing with a big lead and he stated, “We just have to keep playing with the same intensity, that’s what we always preach.”
Rogers made improvements on both ends of the floor in the second half by not allowing Curtis to blow the doors off the game. Daniel O’Brien led Ram scorers with a dozen points in the contest. However, the Viks kept pace down the stretch and avoided letting their lead slip away. One of Coach Kelly’s main philosophies with his team on and of the court is work ethic and after the game he said, “Whether it’s in school as students, or in the community, we don’t want to be outworked.” The home team secures another victory to keep its in-state mark blemish-free this season.
Puyallup Prevails in Crosstown Rivalry With Rogers By Nic Beckman
Thursday- January 7th
Paul B. Hanawalt Pavilion (Puyallup HS)
Thursday night basketball might not be as much fun as Friday, but rivalry basketball on any night is fun. The Rogers Rams coming off a 53-50 loss at Spanaway Lake who were vying with Puyallup for the 2nd spot in the SPSL South felt like they could head into the valley and get a win at Puyallup High School. The Vikings conversely were coming off a tough road win 48-43 over the other rival from up on the hill, Emerald Ridge. The Vikings were happy to be back in the friendly confines of Paul B. Hanawalt Pavilion, in the new year. Braden Hannold knocked down a high arcing 3 to get the Rams going, the Vikings were able to answer and put up 16 points, Tony Gutierrez contributing 8, matching the two 3’s by Hannold who had 6 of the Rams 10 points. As the Vikings heated up from outside hitting 3 more 3’s for 7 total in the first half, the Rams 6-5 senior post Daniel O’Brien worked inside for 12 points to lead his team and all scorers into the half with the Vikings up 31-27 as Jaden Vollmen was able to convert a lay in before the buzzer to give his team the 4 point lead.
In the 3rd, the Rams hit the bonus first going 7-11 from the line, Braden Hannold hitting 4-5 and added a high flying tip back to score 6 in the quarter. With just 15.4 seconds remaining on the clock Hannold with a strong move to the hoop was met by Jaden Vollmen at the pinnacle and came down hard to the floor, Vollmen was called for a foul, but Hannold was unable to take the free throws. He was helped off the floor and would return for a short stint in the 4th and would finish with the 15 already in the book. The Vikings 3rd quarter was highlighted by the tandem of Vollmen and team leading scorer Deven Neff who each scored 8, Neff would finish with 17. Vollmen going 4-4 from the line would finish with 14, along with Jacob Holcomb’s 3rd 3, Puyallup built on their halftime lead of 4 to stretch it to 11, at 53-42. Both teams kept up the pace and the pressure as Konnor Bandley of the Rams knocked down a couple of 3’s and went 2-2 from the line for 8 of his 16 points and Daniel O’Brien added 5 to his 12 point 2nd quarter to lead Rogers with 17 total. Tony Gutierrez after taking a fall in the 3rd found his range from 3 point land and carried the Vikings 4th quarter hitting 4 of his 6 3’s to finish with a game high 20 on the night. Puyallup and Rogers each with 15 in the 4th quarter ended with the Vikings up, The Final Score 68-57. Puyallup maintains their hold on 2 place in the SPSL South at 5-1 over 4-2 Emerald Ridge. Next up for Puyallup, Saturday night basketball at home vs Spanaway Lake with both teams coming off wins over the Rams.
The Final Score
Puyallup 68, Rogers-Puyallup 57.
Top Performers: Puyallup
Tony Gutierrez- 20 points Rogers-Puyallup
Daniel O’Brien- 17