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Boys hoopsters earn place on All-Metro, AKC teams
It was a rough season for the Bainbridge boys’ basketball team.
They were outsized by most of the competition, but were still in contention for a playoff spot. A losing streak late in the season ended the team’s hopes of a postseason appearance.
For their efforts this season, four Spartans made the All-Metro and the All-Kitsap County boys’ basketball teams.
The team was compiled by the sports writers for the Bainbridge Island Review, Bremerton Patriot, Central Kitsap Reporter, North Kitsap Herald and the Port Orchard Independent. Candidates for the team are nominated by the writers for their respective areas.
The nominees are then voted on by the writers; the top vote getters make the teams. Up to three honorable mentions are also selected from each school for each sport.
The teams include the best players from area schools that not only performed well individually, but played a role in the success of their team.
Guard – Chris Bell, Bainbridge, junior: Bell was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season. He often finished as the top scorer for the Spartans for a majority of the games and led the team and the county in scoring with 19.9 points per game. He also averaged seven rebounds, two assists and one steal per game.
Bell was a third team All-Metro selection.
Guard – Andre Coleman, Bremerton, senior: Coleman was one of the top Olympic League players this season, averaging 19.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, three assists and 2.8 steals per game for Bremerton.
Forward – Sam Byers, Kingston, junior: Byers was consistent throughout the season with 12.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. Byers was the only Olympic League player to average a double-double.
Guard – Derris Davis, Klahowya, senior: Davis was the bright spot in the Eagles’ season, leading the team with 17.3 points per game. He orchestrated Klahowya’s offense and kept his team competitive during the season.
Forward – Zane Ravenholt, Kingston, senior: Ravenholt led the team with 15.9 points per game. He also averaged nine rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.8 steals per game.
Guard – Rico Failla, Bainbridge, junior: Failla was the second scoring option to Bell and he could just as easily take over a game like Bell with his touch behind the arc. He averaged 16.4 points and five rebounds per game.
Failla was an All-Metro honorable mention.
Guard – Trent Gallagher, Olympic, junior: Gallagher played a vital role in leading Olympic to its first automatic berth into the West Central District tournament since 1999. He averaged 16.3 points per game for the Trojans, who relied on Gallagher’s quick feet and court vision for big wins this season.
Forward – Austin Hewett, Crosspoint Academy, senior: Hewett led the team with 15.2 points per game.
Guard – George Hill, Kingston, senior: With 10.4 points, 5.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game, the four-year varsity player was a force on the court all season.
Guard – Nars Martinez, South Kitsap, junior: A natural shooting guard, Martinez volunteered to switch to point guard this season to fill a void in the Wolves’ starting lineup. Despite that, he still averaged a team-high 13.4 points per game and 3.9 assists, three rebounds and 1.3 steals per contest.
Guard – Quintin Phillips, Olympic, sophomore: Phillips tallied 15.4 points and two steals per game this season, helping the Trojans beat top-ranked teams Bremerton and Port Angeles on the way to the postseason.
Guard – Andrew Shadle, Bremerton, sophomore: Shadle averaged 10.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game this season. He helped the Knights, who under first-year head coach Darren Bowden, earned a trip to the district tournament.
Blake Conley, Kingston: Conley guided the Buccaneers to a 21-8 record and to the state tournament for the first time in program history, where they finished third.
Bainbridge: Michael Crowley, guard: Despite an ankle injury which forced him to miss some games, Crowley still contributed to the team with 6.4 points per game. Crowley was a All-Metro honorable mention.
Eric Raustein, guard: A defensive standout, Raustein averaged 6.6 points per game and was an All-Metro honorable mention.
Kingston: Tucker Bowman, guard; K.T. Deam, center; Richie Sander, guard; North Kitsap: Will Nguyen, forward; Tj Reitan, guard; South Kitsap: Steven Ebner, guard.