If you have the opportunity to see the Franklin boys basketball team this postseason, I want you to do this for me: find one time a Quaker player quits on a play, or lags back to cherry pick, or doesn’t go full on for a rebound.
In five games, I have yet to see one such play.
Coach Jason Kerr talks about “lapses” the Quakers go through now and then, but as far as I can tell, those have little to do with effort. At one point during last night’s 79-55 win against 10th-ranked Garfield, I turned to another reporter and said, “Watch Franklin. They never stop moving.”
And this could be the best reason why the Quakers have put together one of the area’s best seasons this year (arguably the best). This could be why Franklin beat ocean-deep Rainier Beach in December, and why it scaled the nation’s top-ranked forward, Renardo Sidney, and beat Fairfax of LA in January.
This also might be why the Quakers could come out on top in March.
1. Alfie Miller, Mt. Rainier, boys basketball. Miller and teammate Jon Morine, in their first games back from suspensions, combined for 55 points — 33 from Miller and 22 from Morine — in a 97-49 victory against Hazen.
2. Ellie Martinez, Eastlake, girls basketball. Scored 26 points in a victory against Lake Washington.
3. Ryan Snowden, Auburn, boys basketball. Scored 24 points to help the Trojans lock up an undefeated regular season. They’ll face Renton in the SPSL/Seamount sub-district for the district’s top seed.
Tonight’s top games
1. Kentridge vs. Curtis, boys basketball, 6 p.m. at Puyallup. The SPSL’s two division winners square off for the SPSL’s top seed in the district tournament.
2. Sea-King district meets (4A and 3A), gymnastics, Sammamish. More times than not recently, the 4A and 3A winners have come out of this meet. Look for a battle between Woodinville and Bothell in 4A, and Issaquah and Newport in 3A.
3. Bellevue vs. Issaquah, boys basketball, 6 p.m. at Redmond. These two KingCo 3A teams split in the regular season. Now they’ll play for the second seed in the KingCo 3A tournament and a guaranteed spot in the Sea-King district tournament.