The way Olympia High School basketball coach John Kiley sees it, his players are bringing their lunch pails to practice every day.
“They really extend each other in practice, they take care of each other,” said Kiley, in his first season back at the head of the boys’ program after a 13-year absence. “I think they understand what it takes.”
The Bears remain undefeated at 5-0 (3-0 4A Narrows) after a 81-46 rout of Fort Vancouver on Saturday.
“We have high expectations and I feel like these young men really came to the first day of practice with the idea that we could potentially achieve great things together,” Kiley said.
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In its second 20-plus point victory in as many days — Olympia bested Stadium 70-47 on Friday — the Bears shot 59 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Trappers, 30-17.
David Woodward — The Olympian’s All-Area football player of the year — led Olympia with 24 points. Hunter Sipe added 12 points, while Ketner Young tacked on another 10.
Olympia will travel to Orlando, Florida, next week to compete in the KSA Events Holiday Basketball Tournament, which runs from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31.
Its biggest tests will come in back-to-back trips to Bellarmine Prep (3-2, 3-0 4A Narrows) on Jan. 8 and Timberline (3-1, 2-1) on Jan. 13 — both teams are expected to compete for the 4A Narrows title.
But could Olympia be the league’s dark horse?
“We’ll see,” Kiley said. “You’ve still got to beat Bellarmine at the top of the league, and Timberline is good and deep.”
“We have a long way to go.”
Tumwater 52, Port Angeles 33: The T-Birds allowed only 11 points in the first half in the nonleague matchup to improve to 3-2.
Tumwater’s 16-point cushion at the half diminished any chance at a Roughriders’ comeback.
Cade Otton led the T-Birds with 11 points, while Ty Gentry added 10.
Puyallup 77, Yelm 54: Christian Davis led all scorers with 30 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 40 points that the Vikings posted in the first half at the 2015 Showare Shootout in Kent.
Yelm was limited to 13 points before the break.
More than half of Davis’ points came from the free-throw line. He finished 17 of 22 from the stripe, and led the Tornados with nine rebounds.