Newport boys sixth at first tourney in decade| Prep basketball news
By JOSH SUMAN
Bellevue Reporter Staff Writer
March 3, 2013 · Updated 11:34 AM
Newport ended its season as the sixth place team in the state and a 1-2 record at the Hardwood Classic in the Tacoma Dome, falling to Central Valley 56-39 in the tournament's fourth place game on Saturday.
The win came over KingCo foe Bothell, 65-58 on Friday in a loser-out game, and was the first win in three tries against the Cougars this year. Will Ferris scored a team high 24 to lead the Knights in that one, including a 5-9 day from beyond the three-point arc.
Curtis, which defeated previously unbeaten Jackson 60-56 to win the 4A state championship, sent the Knights to the consolation bracket with a 62-40 win in Friday's quarterfinal round.
Coach Steve Haizlip's squad, which won four straight loser-out games just to make it to the state's final eight teams, hung around through the first three periods before the duo of Dominic Robinson and Dominique Jordan helped the Vikings pull away with a 19-3 advantage over the game's final eight minutes.
Robinson led all scorers with 18 and Jordan finished with 11 in the win. Both also played a part in pestering Newport's ball handlers and converging on passing lanes, which left the Knights searching for options offensively down the stretch.
"Give credit to them, they're a good team," Haizlip said post game. "I think our composure was great, but ultimately it was that lack of execution."
26 Newport turnovers played a large role in the final outcome as Curtis converted those giveaways into 21 points on the game.
Isaac Dotson finished with 14 points and Will Ferris added 13 more for Newport.
"I'm proud of the guys and the way they battled," Haizlip said.