Outscoring Newport 19-3 in the fourth quarter, Curtis cruised to a 62-40 win over the Knights in the opening round of the state tournament this morning.
Leading 43-37 heading into the final period, Dominic Robinson - who led the Vikings with 18 points - started an 8-0 run with a jumper. Tory Causey followed with a steal and layup after being fouled. He missed the resulting free throw, but Jayson Williams corralled the rebound and Isom Brown hit Robinson on a back cut for an easy layup and a 12-point cushion.
Robinson hit two three-pointers and scored 10 points in the first quarter as Curtis took an 11-5 lead five minutes in. But Isaac Dotson scored eight points in the period to help the Knights stay within 18-16.
Causey hit an early three in the second quarter, but Newport hung tough and trailed just 29-23 at the break. The third quarter was much of the same, as the Vikings' trademark defense shut down Dotson and harassed the Knights' guards. Curtis forced 26 turnovers in the game, and Robinson finished with five of the team's 12 steals.
Brown scored six of his 10 points for the Vikings in the third period, and Dominique Jordan's fadeaway jumper put Curtis up 43-37 heading into the fourth. Jordan finished with 11 points, and Causey tallied nine points for Curtis. Dotson led Newport with 14 points, and Will Ferris added 13 points.
The Vikings now await the winner between Garfield and Bothell in the semifinals on Friday at 3:45 p.m.