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February 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM

The Fifth Quarter: The meaning of this week’s boys basketball games, updated brackets and rankings

Last week, I watched eight games and nearly every one of them was decided in the final couple of minutes.

Mercer Island boys held off Bellevue in the final minutes. Rainier Beach did the same against Lakeside. Stanwood capped a rally with a dramatic win against Glacier Peak on Saturday. It was a great week of basketball, and here’s the best part: It’s only going to get better.

Win-or-go-home games will become more frequent this week as team’s fight for spots and seeds in regionals. League championships and district titles will be won. In preparation for that, here’s a quick rundown on what is happening in each league or district tournament this week and what those games mean.

As always, rankings can be found at the bottom.

Sea-King 3A District

Leagues involved: Eight teams from Metro; four teams from KingCo 3A

Bracket: You can find the updated bracket here.

What’s at stake this week: Eight teams are left in the tournament (six Metro teams and two from KingCo 3A). All will play on Tuesday, and the winners of those games clinch spots in regionals. The losers will then play for the district’s final spot.

Games to watch:

- Seattle Prep vs. Lakeside, Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. at Bellevue College. This will be the fourth time this division rivals meet this year. Lakeside has won two of three, but familiarity won’t be a problem in this one.

- Bellevue vs. Franklin, Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. at Chief Sealth. Don’t count out either of these teams. Yes, both have had a few head-scratching losses this year, but both are also playing their best basketball of the season. Bellevue is fully healthy and has been on a roll. The Wolverines cracked my top 10 for the first time all season this week. Franklin has been much better the last couple weeks.

Northwest 3A District

Leagues involved: WesCo 3A teams and Ferndale

Bracket: You can find the updated bracket here.

What’s at stake this week: Mountlake Terrace and Stanwood, the two teams in the district championship game, have already clinched spots in regionals, so that game is just for seeding and bragging rights. The important games are on the other side of the bracket. Shorewood and Glacier Peak will play in one loser-out semifinal on Wednesday while Shorecrest and Oak Harbor will play in another. Those four teams are vying for the district’s third and final spot in regionals.

Games to watch:

- Shorewood vs. Glacier Peak, Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Glacier Peak. Shorewood has lost four of its last five games, including a 26-point loss to Glacier Peak. The Grizzlies, meanwhile, are coming off a devastating loss to Stanwood in which they blew a double-digit second-half lead.

- Shorecrest vs. Oak Harbor, Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Oak Harbor. Oak Harbor won the only meeting between the two schools by seven points, but the Wildcats struggled mightily on Friday against Mountlake Terrace, scoring just 11 first-half points.

West Central 3A District

Leagues: 12 teams in all: Five teams from SPSL 3A; four from Narrows; two from GSHL; One from Seamount

Bracket: You can find the updated bracket here.

What’s at stake this week: Half of the 12 teams will advance to regionals out of this field. Four teams — Lincoln, Kennedy Catholic, Columbia River and Lakes — get byes and won’t play until Friday. The other teams play Wednesday in loser-out games.

Game to watch:

- Decatur vs. Foss, at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Franklin Pierce. Any game featuring Foss’ Dezmyn Trent is worth watching.

Northwest 4A District

Leagues involved: WesCo 4A teams

Bracket: You can find the updated bracket here.

What’s at stake this week: Jackson and Arlington, the two teams playing in the district championship game, have already locked up spots in regionals, so that game is for seeding purposes and bragging rights. On the other end of the bracket, Lake Stevens plays Edmonds-Woodway and Monroe plays Mount Vernon in two loser-out semifinals. Those four teams are playing for the final spot out of WesCo 4A, although that comes with a hiccup: The last team standing out of those four will have to play a loser-out game against a KingCo 4A team with a spot in regionals on the line.

Games to watch:

- Lake Stevens vs. Edmonds-Woodway, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Edmonds-Woodway. Woodway won the first meeting by 10 points.

- Monroe vs. Mount Vernon, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon has won both meetings between the two teams and recently put up 100 points in a game.

KingCo 4A tournament

Bracket: You can find the updated bracket here.

What’s at stake this week: The KingCo 4A tournament also doubles as a district tournament in that spots in regionals are on the line. Bothell and Garfield have already punched their tickets to regionals by advancing to the league title game. That leaves Newport, Ballard, Issaquah and Inglemoor fighting for the final spot. The last team standing out of those four will then play a crossover game against a team from WesCo 4A for a spot in regionals.

Games to watch:

- Bothell vs. Garfield, Friday at 8:15 p.m. at Juanita. The first meetings was one of the best games of the year, despite the fact Garfield won by 15. It was well-played, high-intensity and was back-and-forth until the final few minutes, when Garfield pulled away. It’s also a clash of my No. 1 and No. 2 teams in Class 4A.

- Newport vs. Ballard, Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. at Juanita. It’s a shame one of these teams will be done after this game, because I think are both really, really good. They split their regular-season meetings, and this one should be equally balanced.

West Central 4A District

Leagues: Nine teams from SPSL 4A; four from Narrows 4A; three from GSHL 4A

Bracket: At the time I was putting this together, the online bracket was down. Here are the games below:

– Olympia at Tahoma, 7 p.m. Wednesday

– Union at Beamer, 7 p.m. Wednesday

– Mount Rainier at Federal Way, 7 p.m. Wednesday

– Kentwood at Bellarmine Prep, 7 p.m. Wednesday

– Bethel at Evergreen, 7 p.m. Wednesday

– South Kitsap at Auburn, 7 p.m. Wednesday

– Jefferson at Stadium, 7 p.m. Wednesday

– Battle Ground at Curtis, 7 p.m. Wednesday

What’s at stake this week: The field of 16 teams is vying for eight spots in regionals. A win on Wednesday makes that path to regionals much, much easier, although it doesn’t guarantee anything.

Games to watch:

- Union at Beamer. Union is a very dangerous team when playing well, and Beamer has knocked off Garfield (No. 1) and Federal Way (No. 5) this season.

- Mount Rainier at Federal Way. The Eagles have won six straight games while Mount Rainier has rattled off three straight. Federal Way guard Adrian Davis will play against his former team for the first time.

Northwest 2A District

Leagues (in Seattle area): KingCo 2A and Cascade Conference

Bracket: You can find the updated bracket here.

What’s at stake this week: A lot for our local teams. Lake Washington and Cedarcrest play in a loser-out game on Monday, as do Archbishop Murphy and Sultan. The winners of those games will have to win two more to earn the district’s third and final spot out of regionals.

Rankings

Class 4A:

  1. Garfield (21-1)
  2. Bothell (20-2)
  3. Jackson (22-0)
  4. Central Valley (Spokane) (20-1)
  5. Federal Way (18-3)
  6. Richland (17-4)
  7. Curtis (19-2)
  8. Eastmont (17-3)
  9. Union (15-6)
  10. Bellarmine Prep (13-7)

Out: None

Class 3A:

  1. Rainier Beach (19-3)
  2. Mercer Island (20-2)
  3. Lincoln (17-3)
  4. Lakeside (18-4)
  5. Mountlake Terrace (20-2)
  6. Foss (15-5)
  7. Stanwood (17-5)
  8. Franklin (15-7)
  9. Kamiakin (15-5)
  10. Bellevue (16-8)

Out: Glacier Peak (16-5), Seattle Prep (17-6)

Class 2A:

  1. Lynden (20-1)
  2. Renton (21-1)
  3. Pullman (21-1)
  4. Mark Morris (16-5)
  5. West Valley (Yakima) (18-2)
  6. Clover Park (15-6)
  7. Anacortes (17-4)
  8. White River (Buckley) (17-5)
  9. Sequim (17-3)
  10. Olympic (17-3)

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