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The Knights, Port Angeles and North Kitsap are all battling for supremacy in the Olympic League

D’Angelo Moore scored 31 points and five steals to help lead the Bremerton Knights to a key win over Port Angeles 65-59 Friday in Bremerton.

The win put Bremerton into a three-way race with defending co-Olympic League champions Port Angeles and North Kitsap as all three teams have one league loss.

Port Angeles held a 17-14 lead after a fast-paced opening period and both teams entered halftime at 30-all. 

Moore continued his hot scoring, giving Bremerton a 37-30 lead early in the third and 47-40 heading to the fourth, with 21 points through three quarters. The Knights (9-3 overall, 5-1 OL) took a 53-58 lead in the fourth before Port Angeles (10-2, 4-1) tied it at 55 with 2:38 left. A bucket by Keith Jackmon gave Bremerton a 59-55 lead with 1:26 to go but the Roughriders got within three, 61-57 with 45 seconds on the clock. 

Moore was fouled and went to the line for a chance to ice the win and he went 2-for-2 for a 63-57 lead. PA added a late bucket but it wasn’t enough.

Ruppe Wilson finished with 11 points, five rebounds and five steals while K Taylor added nine points and eight rebounds for the Knights.

Also: Olympic traveled to Sequim but it was the host Wolves who earned a close 51-49 win over the Trojans.

Sequim led at the break, 33-20, thanks to an 11-0 run. … North Kitsap beat Kingston 76-44. … Central Kitsap beat North Thurston in a South Sound Conference 3A game in Silverdale. The Cougars, who held a 22-8 lead after one period, staked themselves to a 53-14 edge at halftime and never looked back. 

Girls Basketball: Kingston gets much needed win

The Kingston Buccaneers pulled out a crucial Olympic League win at home, beating North Kitsap 49-46. The Bucs improved to 2-3 in league (5-8 overall) and face another key game next Tuesday as they host Olympic.

Kingston held a 22-15 edge over the Vikings (5-7, 2-3) at halftime but came back to make the game taught late, down 42-41 with two minutes left. But Kingston held on to secure the win. It was the first win over North Kitsap by the Bucs since Jan. 15, 2016, 45-37.

Wrestling: Kitsap grapplers earn top 10 rankings

Bremerton’s Thor Michaelson is ranked No. 1 in the state in the latest WashingtonWrestlingReport.com rankings. 

Michaelson has the top spot in the 138-pound weight division in the 2A classification. 

Nouh Hammou of North Kitsap is ranked third at 195, Sofian Hammou is also third at 220 and Cache Holmes is tied for eighth at 182 along with Bremerton’s Henry Buentello. The Vikings are ranked No. 8 in the team rankings and Bremerton 10th. 

Olympic’s Anjelo Pangelinan is ranked No. 4 at 113, Jayden Toledo is ranked seventh at 132.

Bremerton’s Diego Clemen is fifth at 132 and teammate Josiah Sorenson is listed at No. 7 at 152. 

North Mason’s Domingo Pedro-Gaspar is tied for eighth at 132 and Brenden Miller is tied for eighth at 285.

South Kitsap is ranked fourth overall in the 4A rankings as Xavier Eaglin topped the list at 138. Both South Kitsap’s Logan Stafford (182) and Mitchell Neiner (113) are ranked second. Payton Motter is ranked No. 5 at 106 and Joseph Laws is tied for 11th at 152.

In 3A, Garrett Swanson of Bainbridge is ranked No. 12 at 106. Central Kitsap’s Micah Lamb is ranked No. 10 at 220.

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