The SPSL North simply refuses to follow any narrative, other than this: this league is nuts.
Just when it looked as if Kentridge was ready to win the league outright — with some help from Kentwood last night — we see this: Kentlake 87, Kentridge 85 (OT). As discussed on the blog before, seemingly each of the league’s top four teams have had a moment where it seemed like it was on top. And each time, we come back to a clog at the top.
After Kentwood’s Josh Smith tipped in the winner against Decatur last night, there’s a two-way tie at the top between Kentridge and Kentwood, and Decatur can join them tonight with a win against last-place Jefferson. In that case, Kentridge would still be the SPSL North’s No. 1 seed for the conference tournament because it was the only team to beat fourth-place Federal Way twice. Then Kentwood and Decatur would play a rubber match for the 2 seed on Tuesday night at a site to be determined.
Other leagues came into better focus. In the SPSL 3A, Auburn clinched first place with a 55-53 win against Enumclaw. Class 3A’s only undefeated team won on a late putback by defensive stopper Jeff Gouveia.
In the Seamount, Renton beat Mt. Rainier by 40, and it’s unclear just how well the Rams can contend in the league without their top two scorers. This league might come down to Renton’s game with Kennedy on Feb. 8.
1. Drew Smith, Kentlake, boys basketball. He scored 30, including a three-pointer that sent things into overtime, in Kentlake’s win against fourth-ranked Kentridge.
2. Josh Smith, Kentwood, boys basketball. Topped off a 28-point night with a tip-in at the buzzer that gave the Conks a 61-59 victory.
3. Monica Nevi, Hazen, girls basketball. Scored a team-high 25 points in a win against Highline.
Tonight’s top games
1. Seattle Prep at Bainbridge, boys basketball, 8 p.m. Prep can put a strong grip on the Metro Mountain with a win.
2. Skyline at Mercer Island, boys basketball, 7:30 p.m. The Islanders can take one more step to an undefeated KingCo 3A conference season with a home win.
3. Bothell at Redmond, boys basketball, 8 p.m. On “Go Green” night at Redmond, held by Redmond’s environmental science program, the Mustangs will try to avoid seeing too much blue from the second-place Cougars. Bothell is looking to stay close to first-place Roosevelt.