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January 11, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Boys basketball rankings (1/11)

This was a weekend of last-second finishes, from Lewis & Clark stunning Gonzaga Prep to Eisenhower surviving a controversial finish against West Valley.

This was a weekend where a few undefeated teams fell. Decatur lost last night to Puyallup, the aforementioned Bullpups of Gonzaga Prep lost to LC, and Enumclaw lost to Clover Park, which stayed undefeated at 8-0.

But this was a weekend where the other favorites cruised: Garfield and Federal Way in 4A, and Franklin, Rainier Beach and Bellevue in 3A.

Here are the rankings after an eventful weekend:

Class 4A

1. Garfield 6-1

2. Federal Way 9-1

3. Kentwood (Covington) 6-3

4. Puyallup 8-1

5. Decatur (Federal Way) 8-1

6. Kentridge (Kent) 6-4

7. Central Kitsap (Silverdale) 8-1

8. Eisenhower (Yakima) 11-0

9. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) 9-1

10. Foss (Tacoma) 7-2

Others: Auburn, Lincoln, Mariner, Mountlake Terrace, Richland.

UPDATE (12:18 p.m., 1/12): There’s been some discussion about where Eisenhower belongs, including that Ferris’ recent success should be a reason to raise Ike higher. Remember that Ike may be the only undefeated team in 4A, but Garfield and Puyallup have not lost in the state. Garfield’s only loss is to an Indianapolis team with five Division I recruits — three of them are 6-foot-9. Kentwood’s only in-state loss came to ultra-deep Federal Way, and Kentridge beat Federal Way.

We couldn’t care less about where a team is from, but it must be acknowledged that some teams and leagues have proven their strength in the state tournament, and others have struggled. This might not make me the most popular man in the Columbia Basin, but a quick look at the state tournaments since 2000 shows this about the Columbia Basin Big Nine:

-15 CBBN teams have made the 4A state tournament since 2000.

-Only six (40 percent) won their first-round game.

-Only one team (Pasco in 2006) has advanced to the semifinals. Pasco finished sixth that year.

-Only two teams (Eisenhower in 2004 and 2007) has finished higher than sixth. Eisenhower took fourth both years.

-None made the state championiship game.

In that time, here’s how the four other leagues represented in the top 10 have finished, just in the state championship game:

-Narrows: Three titles, one runner-up.

-KingCo: Two titles.

-GSL: Two titles, three runner-ups.

-SPSL: Two titles, three runner-ups.

Eisenhower is off to a great start, and the Cadets are always well-coached. They will most likely continue to move up if they stay undefeated. But each of the teams above the Cadets have proven they belong in the top 10 against with wins against tough competition.

Class 3A

1. Franklin 9-0

2. Rainier Beach 4-0

3. Bellevue 10-1

4. Shadle Park (Spokane) 7-1

5. Renton 6-1

6. Columbia River (Vancouver) 7-2

7. Clover Park (Lakewood) 8-0

8. Enumclaw 9-1

9. Mt. Rainier (Des Moines) 7-1

10. Seattle Prep 7-3

Others: Chief Sealth, Foster, Lakes, Meadowdale, Mount Si, West Valley (Yakima).



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