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February 11, 2013 at 3:44 PM

The Seattle-area guide to Class 1A basketball

Someone criticized me yesterday for my lack of 1A basketball coverage this season, and I think it was a totally valid criticism.

So to make amends, in some very small way, here is a look at some of the best 1A teams in the Seattle area and where they stand in the 1A Tri-District tournament. You can find the updated bracket here.

Seattle Academy

Record: 20-0

Bio: The Cardinals are ranked No. 2 in the latest Associated Press poll, although they did receive three first-place votes (compared to five for Zillah). Seattle Academy has been dominant this season: Only three of the school’s 20 games have been decided by less than 10 points. The Cardinals also beat Graham-Kapowsin, a 4A school, by 27 and beat Lindbergh, a 2A school, by 17. Seattle Academy made it to regionals last year. The Cardinals have already wrapped up a spot in regionals.

Top players:

– Yaniv Shier: The 6-4 senior has been a roll recently. In his last eight games, he is averaging 20.5 points per game, including a 42-point performance. And here’s why that’s really impressive: Seattle Academy has played all eight of those games without Daniel Davydov, the team’s previous leading scorer at 14.6 points per game, who is out with an injury.

– Jeremiah Hobbs: The 6-3 junior is averaging 9.1 points per game, but he’s an absolute workman. In a game I was at earlier this year, Hobbs finished 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. He is a force to deal with inside.

Calin Washington: The 6-0 senior is averaging 8.9 points per game and will be a huge piece if Seattle Academy makes a run this year. He recently rattled off six straight games of scoring at least 10 points.

Cedar Park Christian (Bothell)

Record: 19-1

Bio: Cedar Park Christian is currently ranked fourth in the most recent Associated Press poll. The Eagles only loss this season came three weeks ago against Cascade Christian (Puyallup), a team Cedar Park Christian beat by 38 earlier in the season. The Eagles also beat King’s, one of the Tri-District’s remaining teams, by five in the second game of the season.  Cedar Park Christian has already secured a spot in regionals.

Top players:

– Trey Drechsel: The 6-4 junior is an explosive scorer this season. He has scored at least 20 points six times, has scored in double figures in all but three games and has a season-high of 29 points in a two-point win against a team from Alaska.

– Evan Scholten: The 6-foot-7 big man is a rock for the Eagles: Only three times all season has he scored less than 10 points. He is averaging 14 points has between 13 and 22 points in 13 of his 20 games this year.

– Luke Sauferer: It may be getting old to read, but, once again, Sauferer has been a steady producer this season. That’s what makes Cedar Park Christian so tough: It’s hard to force the Eagles into having a really bad night because their guys are so consistent. Sauferer, a senior, is averaging 12.2 points and has a season-high of 18.

 

King’s

Record: 17-6

Bio: King’s has played both Seattle Academy and Cedar Park Christian close this year. In fact, King’s lost to each by five points. The Knights aren’t ranked in the most recent AP poll, but they did receive two votes. They play the winner of Eatonville-University Prep on Saturday with a spot in regionals on the line.

Top players:

– Caleb Taylor: Taylor, who was also a big-time receiver on King’s football team, is averaging 16.1 points per game, good for third in the league. He dropped 40 points in a game this year.

– Calvin Kispert: Only a freshman, Kispert has scored in double figures in five of his last seven games. He scored a season-high 27 in a win against Granite Falls earlier this year.

– Andrew Ayers: The sophomore guard had five straight games with seven points or less before scoring 10 in King’s loss to Lynden Christian on Saturday. Ayers is King’s third-leading scorer at 7.8 points per game and has scored 18 points twice this year.

 

University Prep:

Record: 17-4

Bio: University Prep has lost only four games this season, including two to No. 2 Seattle Academy. The Pumas are ranked ninth in the most recent AP poll and play Eatonville on Thursday in a loser-out game. University Prep will then have to turn around and play King’s with a spot in regionals on the line.

Top players:

– Max Gregg: Gregg started the season in fire, scoring in double figures in eight of his first 13 games, including scoring more than 20 points twice. He has cooled off some since then, scoring in double figures only once in his last eight games, but is still the Prep’s leading scorer at 11.1 points per game.

– Tommy Kranwinkle: University Prep’s second-leading scorer at 9.8 points per game, Kranwinkle had his second-best game of the season on Friday with 16 points in a 17-point win.

– Treon Triggs: Triggs has scored in double figures in three of his last six games and is Prep’s third-leading scorer at 8.1 points per game.

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