It remains almost impossible to get a solid read on Class 4A boys basketball this season.
Every time a team seems to really get rolling, another one steps up and pulls off an upset.
Garfield, fresh off its victory over Rainier Beach at the King Holiday Hoopfest, fell to Redmond one day later. However, Tony Wroten Jr. didn’t play. He was given a day off to rest. So, I don’t count that a loss that should drop the Bulldogs in the rankings. They remain at No. 1.
In fact, the top four stays the same.
Kentwood, after beating Auburn last week, climbs back to No. 5. That sets up a big game against No. 4 Kentridge on Friday at ShoWare Center.
Rogers, which knocked off Curtis last week, vaults into the rankings at No. 6. The Rams’ two losses to ranked teams have been by a total of six points to Curtis and Lincoln, No. 3 in 3A.
In Class 3A, O’Dea remains at No. 1. Rainier Beach flew out to Georgia over the weekend and played at the Marriott Invitational. The Vikings lost both games to very good basketball teams and I still think they have as much talent as any team in the state, so I’m going to keep them at No. 2.
Wilson fell to No. 3 Lincoln last week, allowing Seattle Prep and Lakes to move up.
Glacier Peak returns to the rankings this week at No. 9. The Grizzlies have won eight in a row since falling to Inglemoor Dec. 29.
1. Garfield (13-3)
2. Ferris (Spokane) (13-1)
3. Jackson (Mill Creek) (15-2)
4. Kentridge (11-4)
5. Kentwood (11-4)
6. Rogers (Puyallup) (11-3)
7. Auburn (12-3)
8. Curtis (University Place) (10-5)
9. Davis (Yakima) (12-2)
10. Olympia (14-1)
On the bubble: Arlington, Ballard, Battle Ground, Chiawana, Evergreen, Gonzaga Prep, Inglemoor, Kentlake, Kent-Meridian, Monroe, Mount Rainier, Newport, Puyallup, Redmond, Richland, Skyline, Union.
1. O’Dea (14-1)
2. Rainier Beach (9-4)
3. Lincoln (Tacoma) (14-1)
4. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (12-1)
5. Seattle Prep (13-2)
6. Lakes (Lakewood (13-2)
7. Wilson (Tacoma (13-2)
8. Chief Sealth (11-5)
9. Glacier Peak (14-3)
10. Hudson’s Bay (14-2)
On the bubble: Bellevue, Camas, Capital, Decatur, Foss, Franklin, Glacier Peak, Hazen, Kennedy Catholic, Lakeside, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Sammamish, University.