Playoff basketball is finally here. I’ve already put all the brackets and implications of the tournaments this week (You can find that here), but I wanted to add a little more.
In this edition of TFQ, you’ll find the players most likely to score 40 points in this week’s league and district tournaments, the best dunkers in the area, the games I hope we get to see and, as always, rankings.
- Tahoma beat Kentridge 71-62 in overtime last week to earn the school’s first league title. Tahoma’s Coleman Wooten had 35 points in the win. Tahoma will play Curtis this week for the SPSL’s No. 1 seed. In and interesting twist, Tahoma then played Jefferson on Friday and played in a wild game. Jefferson trailed by as many as 15 but the Raiders scored 42 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, outscoring Tahoma by 20 points. Wooten led Tahoma with 29 points while Daryon James (20) and Daniel Park (18) led Jefferson. The win secured Jefferson’s spot in the district tournament for the first time in more than 25 years.
- Cascade Christian handed Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) its first loss of the season, 52-51. Cascade Christian was down 21 at the half but came back to win. Cascade Christian was down one and had two free throws with 2.5 seconds left but missed them both. Shawn Spencer got the rebound and hit a 30-footer at the buzzer. Spencer, a 6-foot-10 cetner, finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
- Issaquah, one of the youngest teams in the area, has played some of its best basketball heading into the KingCo 4A tournament. The Eagles have won six of their last games, with their only loss coming by three points to No. 1 Garfield. Issaquah earned the No. 2 seed out of the Crown Division and could be dangerous in the KingCo 4A tournament.
The upcoming week in short:
Longest winning streak:
- Jackson, 20 games. The Timberwolves haven’t lost this season.
- Garfield, 19 games. The Bulldogs haven’t lost since November, when Beamer beat them in the first game of the season by a point.
- Seattle Academy, 19 games: Despite missing leading-scorer Daniel Davydov down the stretch, the Cardinals haven’t lost this year.
- Mountlake Terrace: 12 games
- Rainier Beach: 11 games
Look out below: Dunkers to keep an eye on
- Patrick Ball, Franklin: As good a dunker in traffic as I’ve seen this year.
- Brian Zehr, Jackson: His coach wants him to be more assertive. Not a problem when he decides to dunk.
- Perrion Callandret, Bothell: Has had the two best dunks of the year in my opinion.
- Seth Berger, Ballard: UMass signee is a threat to score but has also changed momentum with his dunking ability.
- Marquis Davis, Rainier Beach: A football player who looks as such when he plays defense.
- Jason Todd, Jackson: Could also be on the list of guys likely to score 40 points, averaging 23 points per game, but is also Jackson’s best defender.
- Zack Lee, Renton: One of the best on-ball defenders in the league.
- Miles Fowler, Newport: A perfect blend of size (6-foot-3) and smoothness to disrupt defensively.
Guys most likely to score 40 points:
- D.J. Fenner, Seattle Prep: Second-leading scorer in the area; he’s already done it this year.
- Zach LaVine, Bothell: Leads the area in scoring at 30 points per game.
- David Crisp, Clover Park: Put up 42 against Sumner a couple weeks ago.
- Shaqquan Aaron, Rainier Beach: Scored 38 in a game this year; averaging more than 22 points per game.
- Imaan Vicente, Kamiak: Averaging close to 24 points this season with a high of 34.
- Tucker Haymond, Garfield: Season high is 32 and has been clutch in the fourth quarter.
Big problems (big guys to watch):
- Josh Hawkinson, Shorewood: WSU commit is polished and fluid near the basket.
- Josh Martin, Bothell: One of the best jumpers in the area at 6-foot-8; a monster to handle on the boards.
- Evan Scholten, Cedar Park Christian (Bothell): 6-foot-7 senior has scored in double figures all but three times.
- Fuquan Niles, Rainier Beach: A capable scorer but can change games by blocking shots
- Joe Rasmussen, Mercer Island: Signed with SPU; averaging more than 16 points per game.
- Brayon Blake, Federal Way: Averaging nearly 14 points per game for No. 5 Federal Way
- Trevaunte’ Williams, Garfield: Not the biggest big guy (6-5) but certainly one of the hardest to guard; averaging more than 14 points.
- Zach Pederson, Glacier Peak: 6-6 forward is averaging more than 17 points per game.
- Cannen Roberson, Stanwood: Stanwood is 15-5 this season in large part thanks to Roberson, who scored 41 points in a game this season. Roberson, a 6-5 senior, averages 16.3.
- Trent Riley, Mount Si: An all-area receiver is one of KingCo 3A’s most dangerous scorers.
- Terry Dawn, Arlington: Arlington is 18-2 this season and Dawn is averaging almost 19 points per game.
- Jordan King, Rainier Beach: On a team full of talent, King quietly goes about his business – and had a triple-double earlier this season.
- Ty Gibson, Issaquah: The sophomore is one of Issaquah’s best scorers and defenders.
Games I hope we see:
- Garfield vs. Bothell in the KingCo championship game. Garfield won the first meeting by 15 points, but that score is deceiving. It was one of the year’s best games, with both teams trading leads throughout the first 28 minutes. Round Two would be another classic.
- Mercer Island vs. Rainier Beach in the Sea-King 3A district tournament: So many things have to happen for this one to come to fruition, but it would be a must-see game if it happened. Mercer Island has a talented big guy (Joe Rasmussen) as well as tall wing players that match up well with Rainier Beach. The Vikings, on the other hand, have been on a roll since December.
- Mountlake Terrace vs. Glacier Peak in the Northwest district championship game. The two schools split their meetings in the regular season. Let’s hope we get a third matchup with a No. 1 seed on the line.
1. Garfield (19-1)
2. Bothell (18-2)
3. Jackson (20-0)
4. Central Valley (17-1)
5. Federal Way (17-3)
6. Curtis (18-2)
7. Richland (15-4)
8. Union (14-5)
9. Eastmont (16-3)
10. Bellarmine Prep (11-7)
Out: Gonzaga Prep (14-4)
1. Rainier Beach (17-3)
2. Lincoln (15-3)
3. Mercer Island (18-2)
4. Lakeside (17-3)
5. Seattle Prep (16-4)
6. Mountlake Terrace (18-2)
7. Foss (14-4)
8. Kamiakin (15-4)
9. Glacier Peak (16-4)
10. Franklin (14-6)
Out: Shorewood (14-6)
1. Lynden (18-1)
2. Renton (19-1)
3. Pullman (19-1)
4. Mark Morris (15-5)
5. West Valley (Yakima) (16-2)
6. White River (16-4)
7. Clover Park (13-6)
8. Anacortes (15-4)
9. Sequim (15-3)
10. Olympic (15-3)
Out: Wapato (14-4)