It goes without saying that tonight’s Wesco South tilt between fourth-ranked Jackson and visiting Shorecrest is ripe with intrigue.
The Scots (5-0, 4-0) haven’t been relevant in the boys’ basketball scene since, well, forever. Or at least it seems that way, with their last state tournament berth coming in 1995.
Seniors Jordan Diel, Travis Hake, Jordan Brown, Isaiah Clevenger and 6-6 sophomore sensation Emmanuel Chibuogwu Jr. average between eight and 14 points for the Scots, who have been outscoring opponents by 17.4 points per game.
Jackson (5-0, 4-0), meanwhile, has as good of a backcourt as there is in the state. Junior phenom Brett Kingma (23.6 ppg), SPU-bound Ryan Todd (18 ppg) and O’Dea transfer Marshall Massengale (15 ppg) — both seniors — have reached double figures in every game. The Timberwolves average 77.4 points per game.
Usually when Jackson plays a big home game against a conference hopeful, it’s Mariner or Mountlake Terrace we’re talking about. And since it’s a hybrid league, the Meadowdale games are always must-see as well.
But tonight’s affair seems just as big as all of Jackson’s previous highly-anticipated home match-ups in recent years. In fact, it may be even bigger because the winner moves into sole possession of first place as we enter the holiday break.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30.