Basketball: Kingston boys lose final regular season game to Bremerton

Kingston's Ryan Byers dribbles up court against Bremerton's Michael Lawrence Tuesday at the Kingston High gym.
— image credit: Brad Camp/Staff Photo

KINGSTON — The Kingston High boys basketball team wrapped up a storybook season with a not-so-happy ending Tuesday.

The Buccaneers (13-7 overall, 10-6 league) fell to Bremerton High Tuesday, 72-57, in a matchup of the Olympic League’s top two teams. Kingston won the teams’ first battle on the Knights’ home court last month, 73-70.

The Bucs couldn’t keep up with the hot-shooting Knights (14-4, 14-2) Tuesday. Despite being within one point at halftime, Kingston fell behind by as much as 15 in the second half en route to the loss.

“They got hot in the third quarter,” Kingston coach Blake Conley said of Bremerton. “Instead of going inside — that’s been our strength all year — we kind of tried to answer them and went away from going to (Sam) Byers and Zane (Ravenholt), and we couldn’t match them.”

Bremerton’s fire was due in large part to nine combined three-pointers from Andre Coleman and Jarell Flora. Flora finished with 22 points, including six threes.

“He’s got the ability to hit deep three-pointers and drive almost at will,” Kingston’s Ryan Byers said of Flora. “His athletic talent is almost unmatched in the league.”

Coleman had 15 points for the Knights, and Terrick McGhee added 16. Ravenholt led the Bucs with 22 points, and Sam Byers added 18.

In spite of the loss, Kingston will play in the West Central District III tournament as a No. 1 seed beginning March 2 at Foss High in Tacoma.

“We have a long break, but we plan on working hard — harder than the other teams. State is the goal this year,” Sam Byers said. “We have just as much talent as the rest of the teams out there. We just have to keep the fire.”

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