Periodically leading up to the boys and girls basketball tournaments, I’m taking a look back at the best games from the 2007 tournaments. This is the first flashback.
After beating fifth-ranked Shadle Park 53-50 last night, the boys basketball team from Ferris High School in Spokane is looking at a very real possiblity of entering the Class 4A state tournament undefeated.
Only a year ago, the Saxons entered the Tacoma Dome after going undefeated on the east side of the Cascades. After their first two wins, the Saxons met top-ranked Franklin in the title game. The Quakers were Seattle’s best team, with a top-notch backcourt that played a rigid schedule (again–sound familiar?).
The Seattle Times’ Michael Ko summed up the result:
TACOMA — Everyone wanted to know.
Could undefeated Ferris of Spokane run with Franklin?
In the best game of the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament, in front of the biggest crowd, the second-ranked Saxons from Spokane showcased speed and savvy, blowing past the top-ranked Quakers 100-79 Friday night in an intense, emotional semifinal matchup at the Tacoma Dome.
It was a monster game for 6-foot-8 Ferris center DeAngelo Casto, who scored 27, and a tough one for guard Venoy Overton, who had 13 points and fouled out with less than seven minutes left. From there, Ferris poured it on. The bright spot for Franklin? Sophomore Peyton Siva had 35 points, a demonstration of the kind of player he could be (and has been) this season for the Quakers.
Could we get this game again? If so, it would be without a doubt an instant classic, no matter how it plays out, simply for the backstory.
After Ferris went on to win the 4A title in double overtime against Kentridge, Casto transferred to Franklin, giving the Quakers a dominant inside presence they lacked. Then, barely into the school year, Casto moved back to Ferris, where he was ruled ineligible until Dec. 19. Now he’s back in the Saxons lineup.
Yet Frankin has proven on more than one occasion this season it can play with bigger teams, but whether those bigger teams had Ferris’ heady guard play is another question. So here’s one more: what do you think would happen if these two teams met again?
1. Kara Chin, Issaquah, gymnastics. Chin had Thursday’s best all-around score — 36.75 — and led the Eagles to a win in a meet with Liberty and Skyline.
2. Joel Smith, Puyallup, boys basketball. Smith led Puyalluip with 25 points in a 68-58 win against Rogers.
3. Ariel Geller and Alychia Colon, Bethel, girls basketball. Combined for 39 points in a 65-38 victory against Spanaway Lake.
Tonight’s top games
Kentwood at Kentridge, boys basketball, 7:30 p.m. After Decatur became the first SPSL North team to separate itself from the pack last night against Federal Way, one of these two teams can join the Gators at the top.
Lakeside at Bainbridge, girls basketball, 8 p.m. Lakeside looks to protect second place in the Metro Mountain against third-place Bainbridge on the island.