The Knights pulled away from Kingston 80-39 in Olympic League play Friday

BREMERTON — Bremerton used its speed and athletic play to build a 15-point lead in the second quarter and eventually pulled away from the Kingston Buccaneers to win, 80-39, in an Olympic League 2A boys basketball game Friday at Les Eathorne Gym at Bremerton High.

Bremerton coach Miah Davis wanted the Knights to catch Kingston, which had a size advantage, off guard and establish their game early.

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“Get out on the break and establish the offensive end,” he said, “we’re always going to be feisty on the defensive end but being able to score early that way we’re not stuck in a half-court situation.”

Kingston’s Maguire Setterlund tries for a rebound against Bremerton’s Kelo Logova in an Olympic League boys basketball game Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at Bremerton High School. Bremerton won 80-39. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

The win was Bremerton’s fourth in a row as they improved to 2-1 in OL (6-2 overall). Port Angeles sits atop the league for now at 2-0 with North Kitsap, Sequim and Bremerton all at 2-1. Kingston (0-3 OL) fell to 0-5 but three of their losses were by one-point.

The Bucs held a 6-5 edge in the opening minutes thanks to a 3-pointer by Zach Mead, but Bremerton took the lead and a 14-6 advantage after one quarter on a 3 by D’Angelo Moore. 

The second quarter was all about the Knights, who outscored Kingston 22-12 and could have had a greater lead if not more missed layups on a fast break. Bremerton found itself with a 36-18 lead at halftime.

Kingston coach Henry Guterson credited the Knights for keeping up the pressure.

“Bremerton’s a good team,” he said, “they’re fast, they’re quick, they pressure you. It’s hard for us to play with them at their game.”

Kingston’s Orlando Chiquiti drives against Bremerton’s Keith Jackmon in an Olympic League boys basketball game Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at Bremerton High School. Bremerton won 80-39. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

Guterson wanted to slow the game down and be more disciplined but Bremerton made that tough to do. “At times we did it but mostly we got wrapped up in their up-and-down game.”

Bremerton likes to run, and with solid guard play, can do so against any team it faces, Davis said. They’re also doing it with young players — three sophomores are starting with a senior and junior — which bodes well for the rest of the season as the Knights continue to progress.

“Our second half of the season is going to be better than our first half,” he said. 

What Davis wants to see is his players do more is get after the rebounds.

“Getting down there and getting nasty, it doesn’t matter how big you are,” he said. “The second thing is just sticking to the gameplay.”

Davis liked that his players came into the season having played summer league and even heading to Las Vegas. 

“Kudos to my summer league coaches that helped the boys all summer,” he said. “They came in with a different demeanor … and I could see they matured a lot playing against better talent than around here and across the water. I think all in all our leadership is unsung, Kelo Legova, Donavin Barrick, their gelling the kids tighter. I see the joy in their eyes when they come to practice.”

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