TACOMA – Curtis might lack the star power or Division-I talent of some other teams in the Class 4A state tournament, but the Vikings make up for it with their defensive pressure.
Newport learned that firsthand in the 4A quarterfinals on Thursday. Curtis’ defensive pressure wore down Newport and led the Vikings to a 62-40 win.
Curtis will play the winner of Garfield and Bothell in the 4A semifinals. Dominic Robinson led Curtis with 18 points while Dominique Jordan added 11.
Newport hung tough through three quarters, trailing by six at halftime and by seven at the end of the third quarter. But the Knights went more than six minutes without scoring in the fourth quarter and had seven turnovers. The Knights scored just three points in the fourth.
Newport had 25 turnovers in the game.
Plus, Isaac Dotson, Newport’s second-leading scorer, had to sit with 3:37 left in the third quarter after picking up his fourth foul. Newport scored only six points in a six-minute stretch with him on the bench.
Dotson allowed Newport to hang around in the first half. He scored 12 of Newport’s 25 points, and the Knights looked to feed the ball to him often.
But as the game went on, Curtis’ defense became stifling, and the Vikings were efficient enough to capitalize offensively.
Dotson finished with 14 points for Newport while Will Ferris added 13.