Bremerton's road to state tournament reaches dead end

Bremerton’s magical run, one that included victories in four straight loser-out games, ended at the West Central/Southwest District 4A Tournament with an 80-63 loss against Mount Tahoma on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Capital High in Olympia.

Sophomore Marvin Williams scored 27 points and Kellen Alley, playing his final game for the Knights, had 21. Both players were named to the All-Narrows League Bridge Division first-team earlier in the week. Guards Michael Stitt and Joe Bollinger were honorable mention selections.

Bremerton (13-12) never got untracked against the Thunderbirds in a game that was marred by five technical fouls — three against the Knights. Bremerton coach Casey Lindberg picked up his first technical of the season. Players Anthony Ragsdale and Alley also picked up the T’s and guard Michael Stitt was hit with a flagrant foul.

“It was just one of those nights,” said Lindberg, clearly frustrated with the officiating. “We got beat by more than Mount Tahoma. Let’s leave it at that.”

Bremerton, down 35-25 at the half, pulled within 37-33 but couldn’t sustain it. The athletic T-Birds erupted for 11 points over a 2:04 span to go up by 15.

It was the second straight season Bremerton had gone 0-2 at the 4A district tournament.

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