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January 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Rainier Beach hits No. 2, Garfield debuts in national rankings

Rainier Beach has moved up in multiple national rankings, but still is not No. 1.

The Vikings are highest in the MaxPreps Top 25, where they are ranked No. 2. The FAB 50 has them at No. 3 and is updated through Monday’s games, while USA Today also has them at No. 3, but does not take into account wins on Monday or Tuesday.

Here’s what the MaxPreps poll has to say about Rainier Beach.

“There will be readers and fans in an uproar that this spot didn’t go to No. 3 Curie. But Rainier Beach and Curie have a common opponent and the results lean heavily in the Seattle school’s favor. Curie beat Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 66-62 at the Chicago Elite Classic back on Dec. 7. Twenty-three days later the Vikings also faced Gorman and ran away with a 95-67 victory in the championship game of the Les Schwab Invitational. Beach received so-so reviews in a 65-60 win over Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.) at the Hoophall Classic, but the Knights came in red hot with recent wins over two nationally ranked WCAC rivals.”

Garfield has also slipped into the rankings, debuting at No. 25 in the MaxPreps poll. Garfield is also ranked in the FAB 50, coming in at No. 46.

Here’s what MaxPreps says about the Bulldogs:

“Garfield loaded up on talented transfers in the offseason and has picked up steam in recent weeks – including a 72-57 win over rival Franklin (Seattle) on Monday. Washington State-bound senior guard Tramaine Isabell – who led Lakeside to the 3A title game as a junior – leads the storied Seattle program in scoring at over 22 points per game. Federal Way transfers Brayon Blake and DeeShawn Tucker are also double-figure scorers.”

If Rainier Beach were to win its remaining games and capture its third straight state title, it would all but secure a spot in the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament, which takes place April 3-5 in New York City. The national title game will be played at Madison Square Garden.

Garfield could theoretically play its way in, as well, but it will need help from teams ranked ahead of it and in all likelihood, remain undefeated. The Bulldogs could get a quality win if they were to face Jackson in the state tournament. Jackson had been ranked in numerous polls before it fell to Lincoln on Monday.

Of course, everything above is all circumstantial, but it should be an exciting finish to the season regardless.

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