Evelyn Beers makes a move to the bucket. North Kitsap’s girls start district play next week.

Evelyn Beers makes a move to the bucket. North Kitsap’s girls start district play next week.

NK, Kingston boys, girls get home playoff games

North Kitsap is the No. 2 seed and Kingston No. 12 and both will host boys basketball games Feb. 16 as the 2A District 2/3 playoffs begin.

North Kitsap will host No. 7 Clover Park with the winner taking on the victor of the Enumclaw at Renton game Feb. 18.

The losing teams in both games will face off in the loser’s bracket, also Feb. 18.

Because of its low seeding Kingston starts off having to work its way through the loser’s bracket. If it loses to No. 13 Foss it’s out. If it wins, it players the loser of the Port Angeles-Franklin Pierce contest.

In girls basketball, North Kitsap is seeded No. 6 and plays at Sammamish Feb. 15. If it wins, it plays the winner of Renton-White River Feb. 17. If it loses, it plays the winner of Bremerton-Steilacoom.

Kingston girls are seeded 10th and like the boys need to win or go home coming up through the loser’s bracket. However, they also get a home game Feb. 15 against Highline, seeded 16th. If they win, Kingston plays Feb. 17 against either top seed Port Angeles or 8th seed Franklin Pierce.

North Kitsap

Seventh-ranked Port Angeles shocked No. 1 ranked North Kitsap in boys basketball Thursday night in the final Olympic League game of the season at home 80-63.

They tied for the league title with 13-1 records. The Vikings are 18-3 overall while PA is 16-4.

NK beat the Roughriders by two points at home earlier in the season.

Both teams advance to the 2A District 2/3 Tournament that starts Wednesday. Seedings still aren’t set.

There is a discussion on a contest to break the first-place tie.

The Vikings beat Kingston Monday night 94-45 and also ran away from the league’s third-place team, Bremerton, Saturday with a 90-55.

Against Port Angeles, the game was tied 36-36 at halftime. But the Roughriders defense toughened in the second half, rebounding better against the shorter Vikings and limiting their second-chance points, which is critical to their normally potent running game.

The home team hit four 3-pointers in the third period to take a lead then hit free throws at the end when NK was forced to foul.

Harries Davies and Jonas La Tour each had 17 points. Cade Orness added 13.

In girls basketball, NK also lost to PA Thursday 62-42. They also lost a heart-breaker to league-leading Sequim 38-37 Monday. The Viking girls rebounded to beat North Mason Tuesday night 50-42. The Viking girls handled Bremerton last Friday 56-33.

NK clinched third place in the league with its record of 10-4, 13-5 overall.

District playoffs for 2A girls start Feb 15. Seedings still aren’t set.

Bainbridge

Both the boys and girls basketball teams have ended their seasons.

They did not qualify for play-in games because the 3A squads didn’t not finish third or better in the 2A league.

The boys were fourth with a record of 8-6 in league, 10-7 overall.

The girls were fifth with a 6-8 record in league play, 7-9 overall.

Kingston

The Kingston High School girls basketball team fell to league-leading Sequim Tuesday 45-41 after dropping a game to Klahowya 60-41 Monday.

The Bucs are 7-7 in league and 9-9 on the season.

The Kingston boys team finished its year Saturday with a 61-53 win over Olympic. The teams tied near the bottom of the standings with 4-10 records, 8-12 overall.

After the loss to NK, the Buc boys are 4-10 in league, 7-12 on the season

Buc Caden Krantz (2) goes up for a layup against North Kitsap's Cade Orness (10). The Kingston boys have a home playoff game Feb. 16. Steve Powell/File photo

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