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December 13, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Class 4A and 3A boys high-school hoops rankings — Week 2

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Kentwood was the big winner this week in Class 4A. The Conquerors, the defending champions, knocked off No. 3 Auburn, 40-37, and No. 4 Jackson, 68-63.

They’ve also beaten a very good Skyline team so far this season. So, those wins vault Kentwood from No 9 up to No. 3 this week. It also shows that the Conks have developed nicely despite the graduation of center Joshua Smith, who is now at UCLA.

At 4-0 Kentridge jumps from No. 6 to No. 4.

There was quite a bit of shuffling among the top 10, but no new teams jump into the rankings this week.

Over the weekend, Federal Way lost to top-ranked Garfield by 15 points. Deshea Bell scored 18 points in his first game with the Eagles and it will be interesting to see how they play in Tuesday’s game against No. 2 Curtis.

A win would, most likely, vault Federal Way up a few spots in the rankings.

Ferris falls out of the rankings this week at 0-1. However, I expect the Saxons will be back in the rankings soon. After a 4-0 start Olympia has played its way into the top 10.

In 3A it will look strange for some to see Rainier Beach remain at No. 1 after losing to Oakland (Calif.) on Saturday. But there is a reason for this. First, the Vikings played without Lavell White, who averaged 22 points through the first two games.

Second, the Vikings would have dropped no lower than No. 2 and, with a game against second-ranked O’Dea on Tuesday, I figure the top spot will sort itself out then. The winner of that game is assured to be No. 1 next week.

Both teams are very good. Devante Williams could make his 2010 debut for the Irish and White should be in the lineup for the Vikings.

Now, while Rainier Beach lost a close game against Oakland, Lakes picked up a win against the Wildcats one night earlier. That win pushes the Lancers up to No. 5.

Lake Washington, which jumped to No. 4 at the start of the week, fell to Mount Si Friday and dropped slightly to No. 7.

One of the toughest decisions this week was trying to find a spot for Mercer Island. The Islanders are 4-0 with a win over Sammamish and a lop-sided victory against Decatur.

Both Decatur and Glacier Peak have had really tough schedules to open the season and each team has two losses. This week, the Grizzlies fall out, but they will be back.

The Islanders jump in at No. 6. I expect the shuffling to continue through the holidays. The only lock right now appears to be Garfield at the top of the 4A rankings.

Class 4A

1. Garfield (3-0)

2. Curtis (University Place) (3-0)

3. Kentwood (6-0)

4. Kentridge (4-0)

5. Jackson (Mill Creek) (4-1)

6. Auburn (4-1)

7. Union (Vancouver) (3-0)

8. Federal Way (2-1)

9. Davis (Yakima) (3-0)

10. Olympia (4-0)

On the bubble: Arlington, Bellarmine Prep, Ferris, Gig Harbor, Gonzaga Prep, Inglemoor, Mount Tahoma, Newport, Puyallup, Richland, Skyline, Tahoma.

Class 3A

1. Rainier Beach (2-1)

2. O’Dea (3-0)

3. Franklin (2-0)

4. Lincoln (Tacoma) (3-1)

5. Lakes (Lakewood) (3-0)

6. Mercer Island (4-0)

7. Lake Washington (4-1)

8. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (2-0)

9. Bellevue (1-0)

10. Decatur (Federal Way) (3-2)

On the bubble: Camas, Capital, Chief Sealth, Foss, Glacier Peak, Hazen, Hudson’s Bay, Kennedy Catholic, Sammamish, Seattle Prep, Shadle Park, University, Wilson.

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