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January 25, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Boys basketball rankings (1/25)

I gathered two important ideas from Friday night at Franklin. The first was that Franklin learned so much from the first half of the season, when its players were dropping on an almost daily basis, that it can overcome just about anything. The Quakers lost guard Vionte Reid, a big part of their rotation, on Thursday night at practice to a sprained ankle, and it was not a huge factor Friday. Franklin had already been through that. And even when Franklin’s struggling — I don’t think anyone on either side is going to include much from Friday in their highlight tapes — it’s just so determined to get rebounds and loose balls that I find it hard to believe there’s a 3A team out there that can beat the Quakers.

Secondly, I heard a fear from Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea I’ve never seen in the limited time I have worked with him. He said he’s genuinely worried about whether the Vikings will make state. Forget for a second that Aaron Dotson might not play for Rainier Beach again this season, and you’ll still see a team that is playing disjointed. “We don’t have the hunger,” Bethea said Friday night, and there’s so much talent for Beach that I don’t see the team missing state. At this point, though, the Vikings aren’t in Bellevue or Franklin’s league. “But don’t count us out,” Bethea said. We’ll see where the Vikings are a month from now. They are still the favorites to win the Metro Sound.

As for Class 4A, three of the top four lost this week. But here’s the way I see it: you can hardly punish Franklin or Decatur for going out and playing the toughest nonleague games they could find in the King Holiday Hoopfest. It doesn’t get much tougher than Franklin and Federal Way. Kentwood could have had the top spot, but it lost to No. 9 Kentridge last night. Garfield lost last night to No. 10 Foss, but our story indicates that Tony Wroten returns Tuesday and it’s hard to imagine the Bulldogs aren’t a top-five team with him. The top six teams have, in my mind, separated themselves, and you could probably put them in any order. The same could be said for teams 7 through about 15. There’s a lot of parity in 4A — especially in the West Central District — and that should make for an exciting, unpredictable postseason.

Class 4A

1. Federal Way 13-2

2. Kentwood (Covington) 11-4

3. Decatur (Federal Way) 13-2

4. Garfield 10-3

5. Eisenhower (Yakima) 15-0

6. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) 13-1

7. Curtis (University Place) 14-3

8. Lincoln (Tacoma) 11-4

9. Kentridge (Kent) 10-6

10. Foss (Tacoma) 11-4

Others: Auburn, Central Kitsap, Evergreen, Mariner, Mountlake Terrace, Puyallup, Redmond.

Class 3A

1. Franklin 13-0

2. Bellevue 14-1

3. Shadle Park (Spokane) 12-1

4. Renton 10-1

5. Rainier Beach 8-3

6. Columbia River (Vancouver) 11-2

7. Enumclaw 13-1

8. Mt. Rainier (Des Moines) 11-1

9. Seattle Prep 12-3

10. West Valley (Yakima) 9-2

Others: Clover Park, Foster, Lakes, Meadowdale, Mercer Island.

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