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December 17, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Impressions from Tuesday night

Some fast-break thoughts after a big night of basketball:

Rainier Beach will survive without Aaron Dotson. In the Metro League, that is. Dotson, their leading scorer and LSU signee, has a knee injury that could keep him out for games. But as long as he’s healthy by Jan. 23, when the Vikings face No. 1 Franklin, Beach has the talent to win without him. Beach beat sixth-ranked Seattle Prep 57-41 last night with Dotson on the bench. It might have some trouble against Grant of Oregon and the other high-profile national teams it faces during the holiday break, but that won’t change its chances at winning Metro.

Speaking of surviving, that’s the key word in the SPSL North. That’s what Kentridge did Tuesday night, at home against Auburn Riverside. The Chargers won 52-50, and sophomore point guard Gary Bell was fantastic again, with 20 points. Meanwhile, Federal Way survived unbeaten Auburn with a 79-68 victory, and Eagles showed their depth with four scorers in double figures. That includes sophomore Jaleel White, a 6-foot-6 transfer from Texas, who had 14.

Mariner owns the title of best WesCo team, for now. With an 80-75 victory at Jackson, the Marauders showed the depth and talent that made them the favorites in the WesCo South. They held off 55 combined points by Brett Kingma and Ryan Todd with five scorers in double digits.

To repeat: With or without Tony Wroten, Garfield will be tough to beat in the KingCo 4A. Need more evidence? Look at the Bulldogs’ 71-37 win against Ballard. Those 71 points were distributed among nine players, with Wroten’s cousin, DeAndre Taylor, leading with 19. And if you haven’t seen it yet, Wroten’s family has filed a lawsuit to get him back in school.

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