Knights hold on to beat Wolfpack | Boys basketball
Kamiak had to dig down deep to pull out a victory over Jackson
The Knights saw a lead of 21 points in the second quarter cut to just 1 point by the end of the third quarter.
But led by junior guard Carson Tuttle, who scored 12 of his game-high 29 points in the final period, Kamiak regrouped to defeat the Timberwolves 70-56 in a Wesco 4A boys basketball game Jan. 13 at Jackson High School.
The Knights (5-2 in the league 10-4 overall) outscored the Wolfpack 18-5 in the fourth quarter.
Kamiak coach Cory West was impressed by his team’s resilience in facing a surging Jackson squad.
“I saw some kids that didn’t want to lose. A bunch of seniors who didn’t want to lose. Captains who didn’t want to lose. A bench who didn’t want to lose,” West said. “I don’t talk wins and losses very much to my guys, but I saw a bunch of kid who didn’t want to lose.”
Tuttle liked the sense of urgency the Knights played with in the fourth quarter.
“We just need to work on sustaining that through the whole game,” he said. “We need to work on sustaining the tempo throughout the game – knowing when to push the ball, knowing when to slow it down.”
Kamiak came out strong, jumping all over the Wolfpack to take a 25-10 lead after the first eight minutes of action. The Knight extended the advantage to 21 points early in the second quarter before the Wolfpack rallied. Senior guard Parker Manalo started to get into a rhythm. Manalo finished with a team-high 26 points and helped the Timberwolves head into halftime with only a 40-34 deficit.
“Parker hit some nice shots. He hit some really tough shots,” Tuttle said. “He’s one of the best shooters in the league. So his spark quickly got their fans into the game.”
There seemed to be little that the Knights could do to halt Jackson in the second quarter.
“I don’t think it was a lack of execution. A couple of times it was not finding the shooters in transition and that started early in the second quarter,” West said. “Manalo just got hot and he started knocking down shots.”
Senior guard Jordan Brajcich scored 7 of his 10 points in the third quarter on back-to-back jumpers, followed by a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 52-51 with 1:04 left.
“I thought we expended a ton of energy,” Jackson coach Steve Johnson said of players’ effort. “It’s hard to kind of take that next step and we had some pretty good looks to take the lead. We couldn’t hit them.”
Heading into the final period, Tuttle decided to be aggressive to the hoop.
“I tried to attack the basket and get layups,” he said. “Some of the jump shots weren’t falling, so we just really focused on attacking the paint, trying to get their foul numbers up and get us on the free throw line.”
Kamiak made 5 of 7 free throws in the final period. Danny Sharpe scored 16 points and Christian Clausen added 13 for the Knights. Landon Overtuff had 10 points.