Kamiak finds its offensive groove at holiday tourney | Boys basketball

Junior Powers scores 31 to lead the Knights past Sunnyside 62-52
By David Pan | Jan 02, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Junior Charlie Powers scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Knights to a 62-52 victory over Sunnyside.

Junior guard Charlie Powers came out firing after halftime.

Powers scored 23 of his game-high 31 points in the second half to help lead Kamiak to a 62-52 victory over Sunnyside in a Mountlake Terrace Holiday boys basketball tournament game Friday, Dec. 28, at Mountlake Terrace High School.

The Knights’ upped their tempo on offense and defense and coach Brandon Corsi was pleased with the results.

The goal is for Kamiak to continue to play at a faster pace.

“It’s getting that tempo of the game a little bit quicker and getting our kids a little bit more out in space to be able to make some plays rather than having to run a half-court offense the entire game,” Corsi said. “We want to use our defense to generate a little offense.”

Powers came into the tournament averaging almost 18 points per game.

“He kind of caught fire,” Corsi said of Powers’ second-half performance.

Sophomore Jaye Ohonme added 12 points. Ohonme along with senior center Ryker Wuttke, senior guard Dakota Bueing and sophomore guard Brendan Beier all are making offensive contributions this season.

Corsi would like to see them further develop their offensive game.

“If we can continue to get more from all of them, that’s going to make it a lot easier on us on the offensive end,” Corsi said.

The Knights (4-6), which underwent an almost complete roster overhaul from a year ago, is 1-3 in the Wesco 4A with losses to defending league champion Glacier Peak, district playoff returner Jackson and Mount Vernon. The lone victory was over Cascade.

“It’s a lot of ups and downs,” Powers said. “I think we’ve had a tough schedule playing Jackson and Glacier Peak right away, which are always tough. We have a stretch here where we can definitely get some wins.”

Kamiak hosts Monroe (1-3, 2-8) at 7:15 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, and then heads out on the road against Lake Stevens (0-4, 4-6), Mariner (2-2, 6-4) and Mount Vernon (4-0, 7-3).

The young Knights are still learning to deal with setbacks.

“We just have to stay positive at all times and make sure we’re always playing our game,” Powers said.

With only two seniors, the Knights have relied heavily on five sophomores and the five – Beier, Ohonme, Glenn Wabaluku, Ben Ferrara and Cole Blacksmith – all have responded well.

“They all play really good defense,” Powers said. “They all work really hard.”

Wabaluku takes over at point guard when Bueing needs rest.

“He’s seeing a lot of minutes,” Corsi said. “He’s doing a good job of taking care of the basketball and just making some plays.”

Corsi agrees that the Knights have battled inconsistency in the first month and a half of the regular season.

“Sometimes there are some defensive lapses,” he said. “And just getting the ball in the hoop has been a little bit of an issue. But we’re continuing to make strides in the right direction. The kids are buying in and we’re just working on getting better.”

Powers said that Kamiak’s half court defense is usually effective, especially with the 7-foot Wuttke down low.

“It makes it tough for a lot of teams inside,” he said.

Defending against the fastbreak is an area that Kamiak needs to focus on, Powers added.

Kamiak’s offense continued its upward trend but the defense struggled in a 77-74 loss to Sedro-Woolley in a Mountlake Terrace Holiday tournament game Saturday, Dec. 29.

The 74 points scored a season-high, but the 77 points allowed also was a season-high.

 

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