I’ve had a night to think about the Franklin-Roosevelt game last night, and I’m still convinced those are two of the top three teams I have seen this season.
With KingCo 4A’s 2 1/2 berths to state, neither team is guaranteed a spot at state, not with Garfield, Bothell, Inglemoor, Juanita and Redmond there. But should they move on, neither team will be an easy out at the Tacoma Dome.
Last night, neither team was at its best. Roosevelt played with foul trouble throughout, and missed some gimmees the Riders don’t usually miss. They also needed to do a better job of controlling Franklin’s players on the boards because if you don’t really box the Quakers out, they will leap over you to tip the rebound out (Fairfax found this out the night before).
Franklin lost control at times. For the second consecutive night, the Quakers had a “lapse,” to use coach Jason Kerr’s word, that allowed the other team back in it. Add in that Peyton Siva was throwing up throughout the game, and this wasn’t the best the Quakers can be.
Yet that’s why these two teams remain among the area’s best this season. When they’re not at their best, they still put on an entertaining game (even if the end got a little choppy). Whomever both teams face in the postseason will have to match their stellar guard play and their quickness.
Perhaps we’ll see these two teams play at least once more — if not again at state.
Remember Fairfax? Well, even with the Lion’s last-second loss to Franklin, the Los Angeles Times moved them up to fifth in its area rankings.
1. Jon Morine, Mt. Rainier, boys basketball. Morine scored 33 points in Mt. Rainier’s win against Tyee.
2. Brittany Barrington, Federal Way, girls basketball. Led the Eagles with 23 points in a 58-49 victory against Kentlake.
3. Josh Smith, Kentwood, boys basketball. Can we start calling this section “Morning stars, brought to you by Josh Smith?” The kid finds a way to get here at least once a week. This time, the 6-foot-9 sophomore did it by scoring 28 points in a Kentwood win against Tahoma.
Tonight’s top games
Newport at Issaquah, girls basketball, 7:30 p.m. Two top-10 teams meet with the KingCo 3A lead on the line.
Lakeside at Nathan Hale, girls basketball, 7:30 p.m. Nathan Hale’s trying to keep its hold on the Metro Sound, while Lakeside tries to keep within reach of Seattle Prep in the Metro Mountain.
Ballard at Lake Washington, girls basketball, 7:30 p.m. Fifth-ranked Beavers continue to rack up wins, but the 11-4 Kangs could give them a run tonight.