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February 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Previewing the 3A boys regional round

Here is a look at the Class 3A boys basketball regional round matchups.

Class 3A


Winners to quarterfinals March 1-3 at Tacoma Dome, losers out

At Jackson H.S. (Mill Creek)

No. 10 Lincoln (18-8) vs. No. 4 O’Dea (19-7), 6 p.m.

Lincoln’s Tre’Shaun Lexing is a fun player to watch, capable of keeping his team in any game. Just ask Lake Washington coach Brian Lund, who watched Lexing bury big shots in the King Holiday Hoopfest, making what started as a blowout a little closer than the Kangaroos’ coach would have liked.

O’Dea is a legitimate state-title threat. When the Irish run the offense through senior Dana Abe inside, setting up open shots and driving lanes for point guard Jalen Ward and Sekou Wiggs, they are tough to beat.

Decatur (18-6) vs. No. 5 Mountlake Terrace (22-1), 8 p.m.

Dom Hunter (20.9 ppg) and Markus Rawls (14.2 ppg) have been a potent one-two combination for Decatur all season.

Mountlake Terrace is a balanced ball club with six players averaging more than six points a game. Ryan Shannon (9.9 ppg) could score more, but sacrifices scoring totals for the benefit of his team.

In the Northwest 3A title game the Hawks proved they aren’t afraid of a physical game.

At Bellevue College

Glacier Peak (17-7) vs. No. 3 Rainier Beach (23-3), 6 p.m.

I’m not quite sure how Zach Pederson does it, but Glacier Peak’s big man has one of the sweetest hook shots I’ve seen. He will shoot it, and make it, from anywhere on the floor. Sometimes it doesn’t even look like he sees the rim, but it does it.

He averages better than 20 points and the Grizzlies will need him to play well against Rainier Beach.

The Vikings are the most physically gifted team in the state. But the key to their success the next two weeks hinges on their ability to execute late in games. Anrio Adams is the team’s leading scorer, but he has plenty of help.

Mountain View (20-7) vs. No. 1 Seattle Prep (21-5), 8 p.m.

Mountain View’s Zach Torson has already put together postseason games of 43 and 42 points in the postseason. He’ll try to keep it going against Seattle Prep.

It was no secret all season that Seattle Prep had talent. However, it took some time for all the pieces to come together. Senior Mitch Brewe, junior D.J. Fenner and sophomore Josh Martin are the Panthers’ top three scorers, but they get plenty of help.

At Rogers H.S. (Puyallup)

No. 9 Lake Washington (19-6) vs. Wilson (20-3), 6 p.m.

Lake Washington is at its best when the Kangaroos are feeding 6-foot-11 big man Darien Nelson-Henry. The senior is a force inside, but get help from fellow seniors Guy Lynott, a great offensive rebounder, and Matt Staudacher, a great shooter.

Wilson had its 12-game winning streak snapped by Kennedy Catholic in the West Central/Southwest 3A bi-district title game. Kevin Johnson led the Rams with 21 points in that loss.

Mercer Island (21-8) vs. No. 6 Kennedy Catholic (20-3), 8 p.m.

It seems like a different player steps up each game for Mercer Island. The Islanders have a nice mix of scorers capable of going inside or out. Joe Rasmussen is the team’s leading scorer, averaging more than 13 a game.

Seattle Pacific-bound senior Mitch Penner has put the Lancers on his back all year. He averages almost 24 points and has scored 20 or more in five straight games.

At Richland H.S.

Kennewick (19-4) vs. No. 8 University (17-4), 6 p.m.

Kennewick is the only team to beat second-ranked Kamiakin this season. The Lions earned a spot in the regional round by knocking off Shadle Park and were led by Bryce Leavitt, who scored 29

Senior Zech Martin averages 13.7 points and 6.2 rebounds for University. He shoots better than 54 percent from the floor and hits 39.1 percent of his threes.

Foss (17-7) vs. No. 2 Kamiakin (21-1), 8 p.m.

Junior forward Dezmyn Trent was named a co-Player of the Year in the Narrows League for Foss, which is just 2-2 over its last four games.

Kamiakin won the CBBN 3A crown this season, losing only one game. The Braves feature a pair of first-team, all-league selections in Justin Pedley and Zach En’Wezoh.



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