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February 4, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Tuesday night recap: Franklin, Bellevue get road wins

I imagine I’ll go back and forth between Franklin and Bellevue for the next three weeks. Not that it especially matters, because the Sea-King District tournament will eventually work this out, but the teams have different strengths, play in different leagues and have had different seasons. Picking a No. 1 won’t ever be easy.

Last night, both teams went on the road for important league games. For Franklin, holding onto the top seed in the Metro League could turn out to be a big deal; the Quakers would avoid Seattle Prep or the Sound Division winner in the semifinal of the league tournament. A win against Seattle Prep would put Franklin in good position for that. Bellevue, meanwhile, wanted to hold onto the KingCo 2A/3A lead against Mercer Island (whose only league loss came at Bellevue earlier this season).

Franklin played a great game on Tuesday night. Sitting in the Seattle Prep stands, many of the Panthers fans remarked that Tuesday was the best they had seen Seattle Prep play this season. Yet every time they looked up, Franklin was still ahead, Peyton Siva was still making threes and bouncing through Prep players on his way to the basket, and the Quakers were still running up and down the court. As one fan said late in the second half, “They don’t even look tired.”

That’s one way Franklin won Tuesday. The Quakers tired the Panthers out. As they had done earlier this season against Garfield and Rainier Beach, Franklin had more left in it at the end. When you start talking about the state tournament, and teams having to win four games in four days, this is the kind of team you have to like.

And one last thing about Peyton Siva, who would rather I say nothing about him: great kid.

Bellevue, our No. 1 this week, earned a narrow win at Mercer Island, escaping the island despite making just 19 of 36 free-throw attempts. (Sidebar: when’s the last time you heard of a Mercer Island team losing the free-throw battle 36 to 7 at home? I doubt even Ed Pepple, who’s in year 42 at MI, has seen that before). Perhaps a close one won’t be so bad for the Wolverines; look at their schedule and you’ll see they haven’t played a close league game all season. They can clinch the league Tuesday night against Mount Si.

Down south, Decatur clinched the SPSL South. The Gators beat Beamer soundly, 69-50 to clinch the division. After moving from the North this season, Decatur clearly established itself as the division’s best team, falling just once to Puyallup. As the SPSL South’s top seed, the Gators will have a chance to earn a favorable position in what should be an absolutely mean West Central District (more on that tomorrow).

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