I’m at Showare in Kent for the King Showcase and will update throughout the day, so if you can’t get here, follow along.
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Game 7: Kent-Meridian vs. Kentridge
Final: Kentridge 58, Kent-Meridian 41. The Chargers led just 40-39 with 6:44 to play, then exploded on an 18-2 spree to close out the game and improve their playoff chances. They now are just a half-game out of fifth place in the SPSL 4A North at 7-7 (10-8 overall). The top five teams advance to the SPSL tournament.
Three KR players finished in double figures — Jawan Stepney (16), John Okot-Okidi (15) and Keacean Kelly (11). K-M got 11 apiece from Martel Taylor-Barone and Calvin Edwards. The Royals shot just 27.3 percent from the field compared to 48.9 for the Chargers.
And that’s it from Showare!
End of third: Kentridge 38, Kent-Meridian 35. After KR went up 30-22, K-M ticked off nine straight points — seven by Calvin Edwards — to go in front 31-30. But again the Chargers responded to regain the lead.
At the half: Kentridge 26, Kent-Meridian 20. The Chargers are one of the hottest teams in the SPSL, winning four of their past five. They knocked off Auburn, the SPSL 4A North leader, on Saturday. But K-M is staying close. The Royals trailed 19-11 early in the second, then scored nine straight to take a 20-19 lead. But KR closed with a 7-0 spurt. Jawan Stepney andJohn Okot-Okidi have eight apiece for Kentridge and K-M’s Abu Kamar also has eight.
End of first: In the one game here that really counts the most (it’s an SPSL 4A counter), the Chargers edged out to a 13-11 lead in a back-and-fourth quarter.
Gmae 6: Decatur boys vs. Federal Way
Final: Federal Way 63, Decatur 36. The final quarter was reminiscent of the first, only this time the Eagles started with a 16-0 run. The Gators, who trailed 44-32 after three, didn’t get their first points of the period until Jason Young sank two free throws with 2:32 left in the game.
Malik Montoya (17 points, six rebounds, three steals) and Brayon Blake (16 points, nine rebounds) led the way. Jason Young put together 18 points and 12 boards for the Gators, while Adam Wilson had 12 points and nine rebounds.
This is the first time the two district rivals have played since 2009. Decatur dropped to 3A in 2010-11. The teams were in opposite SPSL 4A divisions before that and didn’t meet in 2009-10. But they squared off twice in the second half of the 2008-09 season, first in a Martin Luther King Jr. event and then in the SPSL championship game after each won division titles. Federal Way won both times (the second in double-OT) and went on to claim the 4A state title.
End of third: Federal Way 44, Decatur 32. The Gators got as close as nine, 37-28 at the midway piont, but Federal Way continues to have an answer for every run.
At the half: Federal Way 33, Decatur 18. A stark contrast to the opening quarter. The Eagles score just two points in the first six minutes of this one (a pair of free throws), but Decatur can’t take advantage. Malik Montoya and Brayon Blake each have nine points for FW. Jason Young leads the Gators with six points and six rebounds.
End of first: Federal Way 28, Decatur 12. After losing three of their past five, the No. 6 Eagles (in this week’s polls) are playing like they have something to prove. They scored the first 10 points of the game and finished the quarter on a 9-2 run.
Game 5: Kennedy Catholic boys vs. Benson Tech (Ore.)
Final: Benson Tech 49, Kennedy Catholic 34. Cole Madison scored all 10 of his points in the second half for the Lancers, who outscored the Techmen 21-20 in the second half. Vonte Carter led Benson with 15 points.
End of third: Kennedy closes the gap to 36-23, but still has a long way to go to dig out of that second-quarter hole.
At the half: Benson 29, Kennedy 13. It was 12-9 when the Tehcmen ran off 13 unanswered points to take control as JFK wnet more than five minutes without scoring. Vonte Carter leads Benson with nine points. Josh Sierhuis has seven for Kennedy.
End of first: Benson 12, Kennedy 8. It was a streaky quarter as Benson scored the first six, Kennedy answered with an 8-2 spurt and then Benson scored the final four.
Game 4: Mountlake Terrace vs. Fairfax (CA)
Final: Mountlake Terrace 38, Fairvax 36. Loren Lacasse sank two free throws with 22 secondes to put the No. 8 Hawks up 38-33 and they were able to hold on. Fairfax closed it to 38-36 in a three-pointer by Jonathan Brown with 10 seconds on the clock. MLT’s Blake Fernandez missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 8.4 to go, but Brown missed a hanging jumper at the buzzer. Greg Bowman had a double-double for the Hawks, matching 11 points with 11 boards. Fernandez also finished with 11 points. Chaunce Hill had 12 for Fairfax.
End of third: Mountlake Terrace 27, Fairfax 26. A three-pointer by Blake Fernandez just before the buzzer put the Hawks back in front after a jam by Chaunce Hill gave Fairfax its first lead of the game.
At the half: Mountlake Terrace 16, Fairfax 14. Sorry I didn’t have a first-quarter update — I was off doing interviews from the Mount Rainier-Oregon City girls game.
Game 3: Mount Rainier girls vs. Oregon City
Final: Oregton City 54, Mount Rainier 52. Jenae Paine hits an 18-footer at the buzzer to end a wild game! Brittany McPhee finishes with 30 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Twin Jordan had 12 points and six boards, and they finally got some help in OT. OC had much better balance as four players scored eight or more, led by Johanna Paine with 13. Montana Walters added 11.
End of regulation: Mount Rainier 46, Oregon City 46
Brittany McPhee forces OT with two free throws with 3.2 seconds on the clock.
End of third: Oregon City 38, Mount Rainier 32. It was 35-24 before the McPhee twins combined on an 8-3 run. The Rams committed 10 third-quarter turnovers. This is thrid fourth game in less than a week and they look tired. And Oregon City looks really, really good. The Pioneers are deep, too.
At the half: Oregon City 24, Mount Rainier 19. The Pioneers are putting on a defensive clinic and have 13 offensive rebounds. Their lead would be bigger if they could get a few more three-pointers to fall (2-for-15). They’ve spread the scoring around. Johanna Paine has six points and six boards. Brittany McPhee leads MR with 12 points and five boards. The Rams have committed 12 turnovers.
End of first: Mount Rainier 11, Oregon City 9. Neither team is shooting particularly well, but I think that’s partly good D, especially by OC. Brittany McPhee has six points. Santa Clara-boundJohanna Paine has six for the Pioneers.
This is the game a lot of folks have been looking forward to all season. Mount Rainier is unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in Washington’s Class 4A. Oregon City has just one loss and is No. 1 in Oregon’s Class 6A (largest classification). It’s my first look of the season at MR — and high-scoring junior Brittany McPhee (27.1 ppg).
Game 2: Foss boys vs. Columbia River
Final: Foss 60, Columbia River 29 — Dezmyn Trent puts on a show with 41 points and 16 rebounds for the seventh-ranked Falcons. He’s the real deal. CR’s 6-8 Isaiah Smith had a quite 8 points and 6 boards.
End of third: Foss 43, Columbia RIver 23. Trent has outscored the Cheiftains by himself with 30. It was 37-12 at one point.
At the half: Foss 28, Columbia River 8. Dezmyn Trent, a 6-4 senior guard who I’m told is the cousin of SU’s Clarence Trent, leads the Falcons with 16 points and 8 rebounds. The Chieftains made just 3-of-14 shots from the field in the half and committed 16 turnovers.
End of first: Foss 9, Columbia River 3. I was off doing interviews and (thankfully, I think) didn’t see any of this quarter. The Falcons, ranked No. 7 in 3A, are cruising.
strong>Game 1:Kentwood girls vs. Jackson
Final: Kentwood 61, Jackson 43. The Conquerors led by 23 with just over four minutes to play in the game, before Jackson finished strong. Sarah Toeaina led KW with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Kate Kramer added 13 points and 7 boards and Kylee Ashley chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Jackson was out-rebounded 54-32. The T-Wolves, who lost Kelli Kingma to a knee injury earlier this season, were led by Faithaleen Lopez-Flores (19 points), Sierra Anderson (11) and Sierra Hughes (9 points, 8 rebounds). They shot just 24.6 percent from the field compared to KW’s 42.9.
End of third: Kentwood 49, Jackson 31. Kate Kramer does most of the KW damage in the period with 9 of her 13 points (including 7 straight at one point). Jackson is shooting better, but has dug a very deeop hole.
At the half: Kentwood 32, Jackson 21. The Timberwolves went oh-so-cold (and it is very cold in this building — remember, the floor has been put down over the ice rink). They made just 1-of-14 field goals — that coming with less minute into the quarter. Two free throws by Sierra Anderson gave Jackson a 21-20 lead with 6:54 to go in the half, then it was all Kentwood. After making 4-of-8 three-pointers in the first quarter, the T-Wolves missed seven tries in the second. KW’s Sarah Toeaina leads all scorers with 14. Faithaleen Lopez-Floers has 11 for Jackson.
End of first: A very entertaining opening quarter as Kentwood leads 18-17 (I’ve seen some games where that’s a halftime score!). Jackson has drained four three-pointers alread. Kentwood has scored more inside and on some mid-range jumpers.