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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

February 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Previewing the 4A boys regional round

Here is a look at Friday’s regional round of the Class 4A and 3A state playoffs.

Boys basketball playoffs

Class 4A

FRIDAY’S REGIONALS

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

At Juanita H.S. (Kirkland)

Issaquah (14-9) vs. No. 9 Mount Rainier (17-10), 6 p.m.

Issaquah is powered by Nice Price and his 20.8 ppg scoring average. Price is the only player on the Eagles’ roster averaging double figures, although Fletcher Martin and Ryan Sexton average 8.6 apiece.

Mount Rainier is a hard team to figure out. The Rams have plenty of talent, including sophomore Adrian Davis, who is capable of taking over games. Mount Rainier is coming off of back-to-back losses to Olympia and Bellarmine Prep.

No. 10 Kentwood (18-7) vs. Garfield (18-5), 8 p.m.

Kentwood is balanced, with three players — Taylor Jones, Austin Benson and Jeremy Smith — averaging double figures. All three of the Conquerors losses since Jan. 1 have been against Mount Rainier.

Garfield features one of the best one-two combinations in the state in Tucker Haymond (21.8 ppg) and Tre’Vaunte Williams (15.9 ppg). The Bulldogs have won nine straight.

At Kent-Meridian H.S.

Federal Way (16-8) vs. No. 7 Jackson (18-5), 6 p.m.

With five players averaging more than six points per game, Federal Way has plenty of scoring options. Brayon Blake is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 15.9 points.

Jackson might be a year away from a state-title run, but the Timberwolves’ young talent is playing well at the right time. Sophomore Jason Todd averages a little less than 20 points a game. He scores, rebounds and gets his teammates involved.

No. 8 Snohomish (17-6) vs. No. 4 Bellarmine Prep (22-3), 8 p.m.

The Panthers need Luke Hamlin to play well. And, on most nights, he does. The senior averages almost 24 points and scored a career-high 43 against Monroe in January.

Bellarmine Prep was ranked No. 1 at one point this season, but suffered two losses late in the year. The Lions lost to Olympia by three Jan. 25 and to Curtis by seven in the district playoffs Feb. 18.

At Auburn H.S.

Bothell (16-9) vs. Olympia (20-5), 6 p.m.

With junior Zach LaVine capable of scoring 40, Bothell is a team to look out for. But, focus too much attention on him and Perrion Callandret (17.2 ppg) will make opponents pay.

The Bears introduced themselves as a force with a win over Bellarmine Prep, Jan. 25. Olympia is coming off a loss to Curtis in the West Central/Southwest bi-district title game. Alex Johnson the Bears in that game, scoring 17 points.

Senior guard Dominick Francks was the Narrows League MVP.

Union (17-7) vs. No. 5 Curtis (20-6), 8 p.m.

BYU-bound guard Jordan Chatman leads Union, which was one of the state’s top-ranked teams much of the season. The Titans are coming off a two-point loss to Federal Way.

Curtis is one of the hottest teams in the state. The Vikings have knocked off Union, Bellarmine Prep and Olympia in their last three games, led by double-double machine Darius Johnson-Wilson.

At Spokane Falls CC

Richland (15-9) vs. No. 2 Central Valley (19-3), 6 p.m.

Richland guards Adam Baker, Colter Quick and Tyrell Turner are the key to Richland’s attack.

Central Valley has won its last 16 games. The Bears have worked their way up the state rankings all year, getting plenty of strong performances from Austin Rehkow.

Evergreen (Vancouver) (15-9) vs. No. 1 Davis (Yakima) (19-2), 8 p.m.

Evergreen needs Hawaii-bound big man Caleb Dressler to play well. The Plainsmen also get a strong contribution from Tre Clark.

Davis has plenty of weapons, including CBBN co-Player of the Year David Trimble. He gets help from Cooper Kupp and Devonte Luckett.

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