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January 17, 2012 at 2:39 PM

4A and 3A boys hoops rankings — Week 8

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It’s almost time to flip a coin.

At least that’s what it feels like while wading through the 4A rankings. Bellarmine Prep, Davis of Yakima and Skyline have all earned their spots in the top three but, after that, there is a long list of teams featuring incomplete resumes.

Garfield is working through a rough stretch right now. The Bulldogs have lost two of the last three and both were close games. They would have stayed steady at No. 4, but they squandered a 28-point lead against Lakes in the Monday’s King Holiday Hoopfest and drop to No. 7 this week.

Redmond, which has won six straight, trades places with Garfield, jumping from No. 7 to No. 4. The two KingCo 4A teams were scheduled to play on the Bulldogs’ home floor Tuesday, but that was postponed due to weather concerns.

Union of Vancouver, which faces a tough test against Evergreen tonight, jumps to No. 5, while Snohomish holds steady at No. 6.

Lewis & Clark of Spokane, Mount Rainier and Curtis all drop to the bubble this week. Central Valley of Spokane makes an appearance for the first time this season at No. 8.

First place in the GSL is up for grabs today when the Bears play No. 9 Gonzaga Prep — the defending 4A champions — which climbs back into the rankings.

The final spot in the 4A top 10 could have gone to just about every bubble team. There is a long list of teams with big wins combined with losses that create questions. I think Bothell turned a corner in the King Holiday Hoopfest, rallying to beat a good Jefferson (Ore.) team.

We’ll see if they carry that momentum back into KingCo play but, for now, the Cougars are back in the top 10.

Junior guards Zach LaVine and Perrion Callandret really seem to be playing well together. Now they just need to get a contribution on the glass from their post guys.

Now, in 3A, things were easier — if only a little — to sort out.

Rainier Beach lost to Long Beach Poly (Calif.), but there’s no shame in a close defeat against a nationally ranked team, so the Vikings remain No. 1, while Kamiakin of Kennewick holds at No. 2.

Seattle Prep was impressive against Federal Way Monday night in Hec Ed, so the Panthers jump to No. 3 with Mountlake Terrace and University of Spokane rounding out the top five.

Franklin dropped a game last week to Rainier Beach, but turned around and, despite playing short-handed, beat O’Dea, so the Quakers actually climb one spot to No. 6, while Lincoln falls to No. 7 after losing to Lake Washington Monday.

Kennedy Catholic climbs into the rankings for the first time this year after a win over Clover Park, ranked No. 1 in 2A. Lake Washington is back in the top 10 following its win over Lincoln.

The Kangaroos seem to be figuring out how to get the ball to 6-foot-10 center Darien Nelson-Henry, which will be important if they want to make a deep playoff run. KingCo 3A/2A is a fun league to follow. Lake Washington, Bellevue, Sammamish and Mercer Island have all shown they are capable of knocking each other off and should continue to knock each other out of the rankings.

When Lakes was losing by 28 points to Garfield, the Lancers seemed to be bubble bound. Then the Lancers showed me something in the second half. Andrew Holloway, basically playing on one leg because of a knee injury, was huge late in that game and 6-9 center Zach Banner, well, he is huge, and when that duo plays well they are tough to beat.

That win, against a ranked 4A team, keeps Lakes in the top 10 this week.

Here are the updated Class 4A and 3A boys high-school basketball rankings.

Class 4A

1. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (12-1)

2. Davis (Yakima) (10-2)

3. Skyline (Sammamish) (12-3)

4. Redmond (11-3)

5. Union (Vancouver) (10-3)

6. Snohomish (12-2)

7. Garfield (9-4)

8. Central Valley (Spokane) (9-3)

9. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (8-4)

10. Bothell (8-5)

Keep an eye on: Ballard, Beamer, Curtis, Edmonds-Woodway, Evergreen, Federal Way, Ferris, Issaquah, Jackson, Kent-Meridian, Kentwood, Lake Stevens, Lewis & Clark, Mount Rainier, Olympia, Rogers, Roosevelt.

Class 3A

1. Rainier Beach (13-1)

2. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (13-0)

3. Seattle Prep (12-2)

4. Mountlake Terrace (14-0)

5. University (Spokane) (9-3)

6. Franklin (12-3)

7. Lincoln (Tacoma) (11-3)

8. Kennedy Catholic (Burien) (11-2)

9. Lake Washington (Kirkland) (10-4)

10. Lakes (Lakewood) (8-6)

Keep an eye on: Auburn Mountainview, Bellevue, Chief Sealth, Columbia River, Decatur, Eastside Catholic, Ferndale, Foss, Glacier Peak, Kennewick, Mercer Island, Mountain View, Nathan Hale, O’Dea, Sammamish, Shadle Park, Shorewood, Wilson.



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