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January 20, 2014 at 9:02 AM

The Fifth Quarter — Comer’s milestone, MLK Day basketball

Has everyone recovered from last night’s NFC Championship game?

Wait, don’t answer, I think we all know. While the Seahawks could accomplish a huge goal by winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl, a local coach recently reached a milestone of his own.

Renton coach Rick Comer won his 400th game last Tuesday when the Indians beat Highline 74-40. Comer has since secured win No. 401, a 72-56 victory over Tyee.

Comer started coaching in 1990 and is in his 24th year at the helm for Renton.

Big day of hoops

While Seahawks fans are undoubtedly still buzzing with excitement, and perhaps, calling in sick to work after celebrating a little too hard last night, there are plenty of high school basketball teams getting back at it today. We’ve hit on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events already, but let’s take another look at what the day has to offer in terms of preps hoops.

There’s no better place to start than right here in Seattle. Garfield High School, to be exact. The Roy Foundation Presents Unity in the Community Hoop Showcase promises to offer as much excitement as Brandon Roy while he was a Bulldog.

The first game offers fans a chance to see one of the top teams in the nation, Rainier Beach, which remained undefeated on Saturday with a win over Bishop O’Connell (Va.) in Springfield, Mass. The quick turnaround will be a test for the Vikings, as their flight back to Seattle wasn’t due to land until late Sunday night.

Once they grab some sleep, the Vikings will face a very tough O’Dea squad that has moved up to No. 8 in the 3A rankings. The Irish are led by an extremely athletic Jamie Ormie. Jacob Lampkin, a Pacific signee, Quin Bernard and Tyler Kidd also average double-digits for O’Dea.

That tilt will be followed by 4A No. 2 Garfield and 3A No. 7 Franklin, which doesn’t need high rankings to make it an emotional affair. Although the rivalry has waned in years past due to the teams being in different classifications, it doesn’t mean that it is entirely lost on the current players. It will also be a renewed rivalry, as Garfield will rejoin Franklin in the Metro League next season.

Garfield, which will look to stay unbeaten, is led by Tramaine Isabell and his 22.4 points per game. The Washington State signee hasn’t scored less than 24 points his last four games, including 47 in one contest.

Franklin is led by senior Eugene Artison, a Fresno State signee, and sophomore sensation Keith Smith.

Both the first two games will be televised live on ROOT Sports.

The final game will feature No. 7 Beamer and Jefferson (Ore.), both sporting 11-1 records. Beamer has not lost since opening the season with a defeat to Lincoln. Jefferson’s only loss came in the Les Schwab Invitational to Rainier Beach.

The King Holiday Hoopfest has provided some fantastic basketball in the past, and this year shouldn’t be any different. Here is a listing of the games, which will be played at Bellevue College.

11 a.m. – Ballard vs. Cleveland

12:30 p.m. – Wilson vs. Cleveland (GIRLS)


2:30 p.m. – Federal Way vs. Bothell

4 p.m. – Columbia Christian (Portland, OR) vs. Issaquah

6 p.m. – Lincoln vs. Jackson

7:30 p.m. – Bellevue vs. Wilson

Talk about a loaded field. The game features the state’s 4A No. 1 team (Jackson) and the 3A No. 2-4 squads (Wilson, Bellevue, Lincoln). Add in 4A No. 10 Issaquah and Columbia Christian, which features Michigan signee Kameron Chatman.

Another player headed to the Big 10, Minnesota bound Josh Martin, takes to the court, as well, days after pouring in a school record 46 points.

The nightcap could provide a state tournament preview, with Bellevue and Wilson. I’ve had a chance to see both play this season and came away impressed with each team. The Wolverines have a balanced offense and show a commitment to the defensive side. Wilson, meanwhile, is a young team that oozes talent. Sophomore forward Alphonso Anderson can play with any big man in the state.

King Showcase also offers a full day of hoops. Here is the schedule, to be played at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

9:00 a.m.                     GIRLS             Kentwood vs. Todd Beamer

10:30 a.m.                   BOYS              Arlington vs. Newport
12:00 p.m.                   BOYS              Mount Rainier vs. Richland
2:00 p.m.                     GIRLS             Mount Rainier vs. Inglemoor
3:30 p.m.                     BOYS              Mountlake Terrace vs. Central Catholic
5:00 p.m.                     BOYS              Auburn vs. Foss
7:00 p.m.                     BOYS              Auburn Mountainview vs. Timberline
8:30 p.m.                     BOYS              Kentwood vs. Enumclaw
The schedule includes two ranked teams on the boys side (No. 4 Richland and No. 6 Arlington), as well as Mountlake Terrace, who just dropped out of the top 10.
The event also highlights plenty of terrific players. Of those players is Auburn’s Marquis Prader, who is averaging 19.1 points per game this season and has yet to score less than 11 points in a game.
Of the players that will not be on the court is Timberline guard Donaven Dorsey. The Washington signee broke his ankle on Friday in a loss to Lincoln.
So, as you can see, plenty of good basketball to watch. So if you have the day off from work, get out to one of these events to watch some top notch hoops.



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