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February 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM

The viewer’s guide to this week’s boys’ basketball tournaments (updated)

What you’ll find: Brackets for leagues as they become filled out. Best games of the first round for each district or league tournament. The number of teams that will advance from each district or league.

Let’s get right to it.


Metro League

Favorites (only four teams can win the league title):
1. Rainier Beach
2. Lakeside
3. Seattle Prep
4. Franklin

The short: Only the top four teams in the Metro League (the three division winners and the team with the non-division winner with the best record) can win the league title. The other teams are playing for a spot in the Sea-King 3A district tournament or seeding in districts.

Best first-round game: Seattle Prep vs. Lakeside, 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Ingraham High School. These two teams battle back and forth for Metro Mountain Division title and split their meetings during the regular season.

Outcome: The Metro League gets eight teams in the Sea-King 3A district tournament, which means two teams from the Metro League playoffs won’t make it. It’s important to have one of the Metro League’s top three seeds in districts: Those three teams get a bye.

You can find the bracket below:

Metro League playoffs.pdf
Northwest 3A district tournament:

Favorites (by seed):
1. Mountlake Terrace (first, WesCo 3A South)
2. Stanwood (first, WesCo 3A North)

The short: The eight-team Northwest 3A district tournament kicks off on Feb. 6. The district consists of all WesCo 3A teams and Ferndale.

Best first-round game: Shorewood at Oak Harbor, 7 p.m. on Wednesday: Shorewood enters this one having lost three straight games after rattling off 11 straight wins. Oh, and Shorewood beat Oak Harbor by a point earlier in the year.

Outcome: Three teams will advance to the regional tournament out of this district. The two teams that advance to the championship game advance to regionals as well as the team that wins the loser’s bracket.

Bracket: You can find the full bracket here.
KingCo 3A conference tournament:

Favorites (by seed):
1. Mercer Island
2. Mount Si

The short: The KingCo 3A tournament is ready to begin play on Saturday (Feb. 2) with two games and will continue play on Feb. 5 and Feb. 7. Mercer Island and Mount Si earned crucial byes by finishing in first and second, respectively, while the other four 3A teams will play on Saturday in a loser-out scenario.

Best (potential) first-round game: Bellevue vs. Mount Si, 3 p.m., on Tuesday at Bellevue Community College: OK, so I’m looking ahead on this one. Bellevue first has to play and beat Interlake on Saturday, but assuming the Wolverines do that, they’ll get another crack at Mount Si – a team that beat them twice in back-to-back games during the regular season.

Outcome: The top four teams will advance to the Sea-King 3A district tournament. Winning the tournament is especially important because the No. 1 seed gets a bye in the Sea-King 3A district tournament.

Bracket: You can find the full bracket here.
Northwest 4A district tournament:

Favorites (by seeding): 
- Jackson (first, WesCo 4A South)
- Arlington, (first, WesCo 4A North)

The short: The eight-team tournament begins on Feb. 5 and consists of only WesCo 4A North teams.

Best first-round game: Kamiak at Mount Vernon, 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Kamiak is led by Imaan Vicente, one of the area’s best scorers who’s averaging 23.6 points per game. Mount Vernon beat Kamiak earlier in the year and has played Jackson (the No. 1 seed) and Arlington (the No. 2 seed) close in losses.

Outcome: Three teams advance. The two teams that advance to the championship game advance to the regional tournament. The winner of the loser’s bracket then plays the winner of the loser’s bracket from KingCo 4A in a win-or-go-home game.

Bracket: You can find the bracket here.
KingCo 4A conference tournament:

Favorites (by seeding):
- Garfield (first, Crown Division)
- Bothell (first, Crest Division)

The short: The eight-team tournament starts on Feb. 5. The championship game will be played on Feb. 15.

Best first-round game: Newport at Bothell, 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Knights are finally fully healthy for one of the few times this season (big man Cal Throckmorton only recently returned from injury). Bothell is the league’s most explosive offensive team, and guard Perrion Callandret has scored at least 26 points in three of his last four games.

Outcome: Two/three teams advance to regionals. The two teams that advance to the league championship game will move on to regionals. The winner of the loser’s bracket will play the winner of the loser’s bracket from WesCo 4A. The winner of that game will advance to regionals.

Bracket: You can find the bracket here.
SPSL 4A:

The short: There’s still quite a bit left to be figured out here. Here’s what we know:
- Tahoma is the No. 1 seed in the North Division.
- Curtis is the No. 1 seed in the South Division.
- Auburn is the No. 2 seed in the North Division.
- Federal Way is the No. 2 seed in the South Division.
- Beamer is the No. 3 seed in the South Division.

And then things start getting murky:

- There’s a three-way tie for third in the North Division between Kent-Meridian, Jefferson and Mount Rainier, all of which finished 10-6. Kent-Meridian and Mount Rainier will play two a two-quarter mini-game on Tuesday. The loser of that game is the five seed. The winner of that game will play Jefferson in another two-quarter mini-game later on Tuesday. The winner of that game is the North’s No. 3 seed while the loser is the fourth seed.

- Emerald Ridge and Bethell then play a tie-breaker on Tuesday in the South Division. The winner of that game is the South’s No. 4 seed while the loser is the fifth seed.

The short: Corresponding seeds from each division play one game on either Thursday or Saturday for seeding purposes. For example, Tahoma (No. 1 seed in the North) will play Curtis (No. 1 seed in the South). The winner of that game gets the No. 1 seed from SPSL 4A in the district tournament while the loser is the two seed. And so on down the line.

Outcome: SPSL 4A gets nine teams in the district tournament, which means only the loser of the game between the two five seeds is knocked out. All the other teams are playing just for seeding.

Schedule/Bracket: You can find the schedule for the seeding games this week here. You can find the schedule for the district tournament SPSL and Seamount 3A district.pdf
SPSL and Seamount 2A:

- There is one tie-breaker game in the Seamount League. Foster and Evergreen will play on Monday at 7 p.mm. at Evergreen to determine the final Seamount team in the sub-district.

- Three teams to keep an eye on: Renton, Clover Park and White River have all been ranked in the top 10 — and usually in the top five or six — all season. Now they’ll compete in one eight-team bracket. Renton was my No. 1 team in 2A before losing to Kennedy Catholic on Friday. Clover Park is ranked fourth while White River is fifth.

- Best (potential) game: If the chalk holds, White River and Renton will meet at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Lakes High School.

- Seven teams from the sub-district will advance to the West Central district tournament the follow week.

Here is the sub-district bracket below:

SPSL and Seamount 2A district tournament.pdf

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