After another wild week of high-school basketball, the playoffs have arrived.
Over the next few weeks ranked teams will have a chance to validate their spots in the top 10, while teams on the bubble get the opportunity to prove they’ve been overlooked, that they can knock off the best in the state.
With so many upsets throughout the season, the rankings have become more of a best educated guess than a certainty. It seems like every time a team gets hot, another team finds a way to knock them down.
In 4A, Auburn edged Kentridge by one point Friday, exacting revenge from a loss suffered in January. The Chargers had won eight straight before that loss. Because of that win, the Trojans jump to No. 4.
Rogers had climbed all the way up to No. 5 and had wins over teams like Curtis, Puyallup and Decatur. But, after back-to-back losses, including a rematch with the Vikings, the Rams drop down to No. 10.
There is a group of teams – it includes most of those listed on the bubble — that could make a strong case for that No. 10 spot, but Rogers gets it this week.
In 3A, O’Dea and Rainier Beach remain the top two teams. The Irish dropped a close game to Seattle Prep, 76-71, in overtime last week.
Those two teams meet again Tuesday. I’ll be there. The winner of that game will play the winner of Rainier Beach-Franklin on Friday for the Metro League title at Seattle Pacific University.
It sounds like the Vikings will be healthy again if Hikeem Stewart, Kadeem Stewart and Joseph Stroud are back in the lineup this week. A pair of wins and a Metro League title would land Rainier Beach back in the top spot. It is going to be a great week of playoff basketball in the Metro League.
Seattle Prep’s win moved the Panthers up to No. 4, swapping places with Lincoln. Chief Sealth falls to No. 10. The Seahawks have six losses, but their only in-state losses are to O’Dea, Seattle Prep and Rainier Beach twice.
Glacier Peak and University each moved up one spot this week.
1. Garfield (18-3)
2. Ferris (Spokane) (17-1)
3. Jackson (Mill Creek) (18-2)
4. Auburn (16-3)
5. Kentridge (15-5)
6. Curtis (University Place) (14-5)
7. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (15-3)
8. Davis (Yakima) (17-3)
9. Olympia (17-2)
10. Rogers (Puyallup) (14-5)
On the bubble: Arlington, Ballard, Battle Ground, Chiawana, Evergreen, Inglemoor, Kentwood, Monroe, Mount Rainier, Newport, Puyallup, Richland, Skyline, Union.
1. O’Dea (18-2)
2. Rainier Beach (15-4)
3. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (19-1)
4. Seattle Prep (18-2)
5. Lincoln (Tacoma) (17-2)
6. Lakes (Lakewood (17-2)
7. Wilson (Tacoma) (17-2)
8. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (18-3)
9. University (Spokane) (14-4)
10. Chief Sealth (15-6)
On the bubble: Bellevue, Camas, Capital, Decatur, Foss, Franklin, Hazen, Hudson’s Bay, Kennedy Catholic, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Sammamish.