Hungering for some more hoops?
Unlike football, there’s no need to count the days until your next fix. There are appetizing games on tap every day except Sunday.
But there’s still some buzz about Saturday’s Les Schwab Hoop Challenge, and not all of it centers around Peyton Siva’s 45-point outburst in Franklin’s OT victory over Rainier Beach.
I’m still intrigued by that girls game between Roosevelt and Kentwood. Wish I would have seen it, but had my first Saturday off in nearly two months.
Kentwood coach Keith Hennig had me convinced coming into the season that the Conquerors were going to be even better than last year. Their 3-0 start, including a victory over Seattle Prep, seemed to back that. Then, bam, they lose to a Roosevelt team that had been flying below the radar.
The Roughriders answered a lot of questions with that victory, and look for them to jump into The Times’ top-10 tomorrow. They play at Juanita tonight, but the game I’ve got circled is Roosevelt at unbeaten Ballard this Friday. And the Roughriders play at Jackson over the holidays.
We should know a whole lot more by then.
On the boys side, No. 5 Decatur deserves its props with a pair of victories over ranked teams, No. 3 Kentridge and No. 6 Inglemoor. I covered that Kentridge game and was very impressed. The Gators have numerous ways to hurt teams and their guard tandum of Marcus Tibbs and Michael Hale is highly entertaining. Tibbs can fill it up from anywhere and Hale is simply a fearless floor leader who knows when to drive and when to dish. Throw in athletic Darious Walker and Decatur is daunting.
The Gators have a key game with Kentwood and sophomore sensation Josh Smith tomorrow night. That should be worth a trip down South.
Renton certainly turned heads early with victories over Gig Harbor and Kentwood, both ranked in 4A. The Indians end a 10-day layoff with a game at Hazen tomorrow night. They don’t get a crack at Kennedy until Jan. 15.
One of the top Seamount girls games should be tomorrow night as Lindbergh travels to Kennedy. Lindbergh, which is 4-0 since a 55-49 loss to Eatonville, features 6-3 center Marcisa McMillan. Kennedy (2-0) drilled a good Holy Names team in its last outing a week ago and talk about balance — five Kennedy players scored in double figures.
So, who do you consider the biggest surprises thus far? And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our newest rankings. How would you shuffle the decks in 4A and 3A for both the boys and girls?
— Sandy Ringer
Tonight’s top games
1. Holy Names at Lakes, girls basketball, 7:30 p.m. Unbeaten Lancers (2-0) should rise in the rankings with another victory.
2. Bellevue at Mount Si, boys baskteball, 7:30 p.m. While it’s mostly upper KingCo 3A teams against lower teams tonight, this match-up could be interesting.
3. Mount Si at Bellevue, girls baskteball, 7:30 p.m. Wildcats are better than their 2-3 record indicates.