This felt like a game people will remember for a long time. The kind of game that 5 or 10 years from now, it will cause someone sitting in the stands of a gym somewhere will say, “Remember when Peyton Siva dropped 45 on Beach?”
Siva took this game over in the third quarter, and then he won it in the fourth quarter and over time. All told, he scored 33 of his 45 after halftime.
Yet, somehow, how he did it was even more impressive than the totals. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see Siva drive to the hoop, spin between defenders and still keep the control to put a reverse layup softly off the backboard, it’s worth a trip. Fortunately for everyone who doesn’t play Franklin, you’ll have two years to do it.
There was a moment �” barely a moment �” in the fourth when Rainier Beach’s Reggie Moore hit a three-pointer to go ahead 66-61 where I began to think Beach was going to come out with it. Seconds later, Siva hit a three-pointer of his own, and then just 30 seconds after that, he tied it with a layup.
Then, when two Moore free throws with 3:44 left to put Beach ahead 70-69, Siva came back with a 3-pointer eight seconds later. Beach was back ahead.
Then in overtime, Siva scored four of Franklin’s first six points before he went barreling through the lane again. This time, when all of the Beach defenders collapsed on him, Siva let go a no-look pass that had about half the gym fooled. Chris Holmes was all alone under the basket for a lay-in.
Franklin coach Jason Kerr said before the season that Siva can score 40 or more every night, but that won’t always help the Quakers win if he’s not getting other players involved. Siva’s 45 definitely helped Franklin on Saturday, but other players were involved.
Sterling Carter had 23 points, including two critical three-pointers to open the fourth quarter. Chris Holmes drew the most important charge of the game �” one of four charges taken by Franklin �” in the final two minutes, then hit two free throws. Freshman Lavell White his two very important free-throws with 10 seconds left in regulations. And the Quakers played great defense on a significantly larger Rainier Beach team �” which probably deserves to stay atop the state’s 3A rankings.
I received plenty of response to Franklin’s top-two ranking two weeks ago, most of it concerned that the smaller Quakers couldn’t compete with larger teams. For at least one day early in the season, the Quakers have proven they still belong among the elite.
1. Peyton Siva, Franklin, boys basketball. His 45 points helped Franklin claim city supremacy.
2. Darious Walker, Decatur, boys basketball. Scored 31 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in a 70-60 win against Inglemoor.
3. Katie Benson, Snohomish, girls basketball. Scored 19 points, with 11 rebounds, in a 54-49 victory against Jackson.