The Gig Harbor Tides earned their first win of the season Friday night when they beat the visiting Central Kitsap Cougars 62-54.
Center Nick Edens finished with 25 points and guard Ryan Rychard added 11 for the Tides, who came out swinging in the first half but trailed 33-31 because of the Cougars’ hot shooting.
Gig Harbor head coach Billy Landram said his team made some minor adjustments at the break.
“We switched up a couple things as far as how we were playing the pick and roll that really helped us out,” Landram said. “One of their better players went down in that second quarter with an ankle (injury). We kind of just made slight changes to keep them out of the lane a little bit.”
The adjustments worked as Gig Harbor held Central Kitsap to six points in the third quarter and led 44-37 going to the fourth.
Landram said it was important to get Edens his touches.
“He’s good, he’s a mismatch for a lot of kids,” Landram said. “Obviously, the more we can get it in his hands, the better off we usually are.”
Rychard’s performance didn’t hurt, either. His aggressiveness paid dividends for the Tides.
“I was able to attack the hole, draw some fouls, get to the free throw line, and really just attack all game,” he said.
Rychard said the Tides just needed to keep pushing hard in the third quarter.
“In past games, we’ve always been close at halftime and kind of just let it slip in the third,” he said. “We just tried to turn it up and really get it going in the third. We just did the same thing. We just played hard-nosed defense and got into them.”
The Tides were pleased with their effort and execution.
“We played really well together, and spread the ball and shared the wealth,” Rychard said. “On defense, we played physical and got boards.”Sports reporter Jon Manley can be reached at 253-358-4151 or by email at jon.manley@ gateline.com. Follow him on Twitter, @gateway_jon.