Another week, more upsets.
There was quite a bit of movement in both the Class 4A and 3A rankings this week. Let’s start with the biggest change, the new No. 1 in 3A.
O’Dea jumps in front of Rainier Beach after the Irish took care of business against Jefferson (Portland) at the King Holiday Hoopfest. O’Dea’s only loss of the season came against the Vikings in overtime.
People are still talking about the buzzer-beater that sent the game into the extra period when the two teams met in December. However, since O’Dea beat Garfield and the Bulldogs beat Rainier Beach on Monday at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, the Irish move into the top spot.
The Vikings, who have a lot of depth, are dealing with some injuries. Joseph Stroud recovering from a broken hand and Kadeem Stewart suffered what looked to be an ankle injury against Garfield. Both players are key contributors.
Lincoln was also very impressive during its win over Jackson, so the Abes move up to No. 4. Lakes falls to No. 7, which I think is a bit low for the Lancers, but I wanted to reward the one-loss teams and Seattle Prep, which had an impressive win over Lakes on the University of Washington’s home floor.
There are two new additions to the 3A rankings with Chief Sealth and Hudson’s Bay entering the top 10, replacing Franklin and Bellevue.
In 4A, the only thing I’m sure of right now is that Garfield belongs at No. 1. The Bulldogs’ win over Rainier Beach solidified that in my mind.
After that, I think any matchup between Nos. 2 through about half of the bubble could go any way any night.
Proof of that is Union’s win over Kentwood on Monday. The Conquerors also lost to Auburn Riverside last week and drop to No. 8, while Union moves up to No. 7.
Ferris is the new No. 2, bumping Jackson down one slot. The Saxons continue to take care of business in the GSL with its only loss coming in the first game of the season to Post Falls (Idaho).
Auburn jumps to No. 5, right behind Kentridge.
The two teams really pushing to break into the top 10 are Newport and Rogers. Each team has two losses and they are only an upset win away from getting in.
There are so many evenly matched teams throughout the state, I expect the shuffling to continue, especially with deep leagues like the SPSL, KingCo and Metro where there is potential for an upset almost every night.
There have been so many great games early in the season, it’s already been a memorable year. It’s fun for basketball fans, but brutal when it comes to coming up with the right top 10.
1. Garfield (11-2)
2. Ferris (Spokane) (10-1)
3. Jackson (Mill Creek) (13-2)
4. Kentridge (9-4)
5. Auburn (11-2)
6. Curtis (University Place) (9-4)
7. Union (Vancouver) (9-3)
8. Kentwood (9-4)
9. Davis (Yakima) (10-2)
10. Olympia (12-1)
On the bubble: Arlington, Battle Ground, Chiawana, Gonzaga Prep, Inglemoor, Kentlake, Kent-Meridian, Monroe, Mount Rainier, Newport, Puyallup, Richland, Rogers, Skyline.
1. O’Dea (12-1)
2. Rainier Beach (8-2)
3. Lincoln (Tacoma) (12-1)
4. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (12-1)
5. Wilson (Tacoma) (12-1)
6. Seattle Prep (11-2)
7. Lakes (Lakewood) (11-2)
8. Mercer Island (11-2)
9. Chief Sealth (9-4)
10. Hudson’s Bay (12-2)
On the bubble: Bellevue, Camas, Capital, Decatur, Foss, Franklin, Glacier Peak, Hazen, Kennedy Catholic, Lakeside, Lake Washington, Sammamish, University.