– No. 2 Jackson (22-1) vs. Stadium (15-8), Friday, 8 pm, Everett CC
The Skinny: Jackson has rolled through the season, becoming the first team from outside the state of Washington to win the MaxPreps Invitational in December. Stadium’s success has been a bit of a surprise this season after losing nine seniors to graduation.
Players to watch: Jason Todd is an all-around stud for Jackson and averages more than a double-double per game. Stadium’s tall frontcourt is led by forward Lucious Brown and his more than 17 points per game.
– No. 7 Arlington (20-3) vs. No. 4 Kentridge (24-1), 8 pm, Kent-Meridian
The skinny: Arlington has only lost to No. 2 Jackson (twice) and 3A Stanwood, which didn’t lost a game until last week. Kentridge didn’t lose a game until the District 3/4 title game, dropping a contest to No. 6 Beamer.
Players to watch: Noah Jones (13.5), Brady Brummel (12.8) and Kaleb Bryson (12.6) all average in double figures for a balanced Arlington offense. Kentridge boasts SPSL North MVP Jawan Stepney, who averaged 20.0 points per game.
– No. 10 Issaquah (17-6) vs. Bellarmine Prep (14-11), Friday, 8 pm, Puyallup High School
The skinny: Issaquah has only lost three games to in-state opponents and two of those came to No. 1 Garfield (the Eagles also knocked off the Bulldogs once). Bellarmine Prep has been playing with its backs up against the wall since late January, but made a run in the district tournament.
Players to watch: Ty Gibson has scored in single digits just three times this season and went for a high of 27 points in a win against Garfield. Sophomore Malachi Flynn poured on 17 points in a low-scoring affair last week in a win over Stadium to help Bellarmine Prep grab third in the district tournament.
– Moses Lake (11-9) vs. No. 3 Richland (23-0), Friday, 8 pm, Chiawana High School
The skinny: Richland has dominated teams this season, rarely playing in a close game. Moses Lake is a bit of a surprise, considering its league record is below (6-7).
Players to watch: Richland’s Nathan Streufert is a lot to handle at 6 foot 7 and pours in 18.5 points per game. Moses Lake has five seniors, but also a fair amount of sophomores.
– Bothell (16-9) vs. No. 6 Beamer (20-4), Saturday, 2 pm, Puyallup High School
The skinny: After losing the KingCo 4A tournament opener, Bothell has won four straight elimination games to reach the round of 16. Meanwhile, Beamer won the the District 3/4 tournament by knocking off previously undefeated Kentridge in the championship game.
Players to watch: Bothell’s Josh Martin is one of the area’s premier big men and averages well over a double-double. Beamer’s Trey Burch-Manning is a matchup nightmare for opposing guards at 6 foot 5, as his versatility allows him to play inside or at the point.
– No. 9 Curtis (21-5) vs. Wenatchee (15-8), 2 pm, Big Bend CC
The skinny: Despite just losing two conference games, Curtis had to come out of the loser’s bracket after dropping its first district game to Stadium. Wenatchee avoided a matchup with undefeated Richland by beating Moses Lake last week.
Players to watch: Junior Tory Causey has not broken the 20-point barrier the past eight games, but can fill up the stat sheet, evident by his 31 points against Rogers in December. Wenatchee has very few returners and Drew Jeager and Dillon Sugg are the lone seniors.
– No. 8 South Kitsap (19-7) vs. No. 5 Gonzaga Prep (20-4), 4 pm, Central Valley High School
The skinny: South Kitsap is in the regional round for the second straight year. After starting the season 3-3, Gonzaga Prep has lost just one game this calendar year, a one-point defeat to Ferris.
Players to watch: Senior Caulin Bakalarski has a recent 33-point game under his belt for South Kitsap. Gonzaga Prep has four players that average double figure points, led by Sam Dowd.
– No. 1 Garfield (23-1) vs. Battle Ground (17-8), Saturday, 6 pm, Bellevue College
The skinny: Garfield looked like it was going to roll through the regular season undefeated until Issaquah knocked them off, but the Bulldogs avenged that loss with a vengeance in the district title game. Battle Ground lost three of four games near the end of the season, but righted the ship and has won three consecutive.
Players to watch: Tramaine Isabell is as dynamic as they come and the Washington State signee is a threat to score from anywhere on the court for Garfield. Senior guard Jamie Ford leads Battle Ground with 16.9 points per game.
– Kennedy Catholic (20-5) vs. University (14-9), Friday, 6 pm, Central Valley
The skinny: Kennedy Catholic has righted the ship with two wins after dropping a pair to Enumclaw and Foss. University carries a five-game winning streak into the contest, including one over Shadle Park.
Players to watch: Juniors Michael Sasonoff and AJ McGrew lead Kennedy Catholic in scoring, a team that has just one senior on the roster. University is led by its guard play and Robert Little has scored 19 and 27 in two of the past three games.
– Timberline (12-11) vs. No. 3 Eastside Catholic (20-5), Friday, 6 pm, Bellevue College
The skinny: Timberline had high expectations this season after getting to the state tournament a year ago, but it hasn’t been all smooth sailing. Of the Crusaders five losses, three have come to No. 1 Rainier Beach, one came to an out-of-state opponent and one came on a last-second tip-in.
Players to watch: Timberline’s Donaven Dorsey is a Washington commit. Mandrell Worthy, who sat out last game to rest an injured ankle, can put points on the board in a hurry.
– No. 8 Mercer Island (18-7) vs. No. 1 Rainier Beach (25-0), Friday, 8 pm, Bellevue College
The skinny: Rainier Beach has had few tests, including to nationally ranked opponents. Mercer Island rolled through league play before needing to beat Seattle Prep in the district tournament to keep its season alive.
Players to watch: Choose from any one of the talented Vikings, but keep a close eye on Shaqquan Aaron, who already has four triple-doubles this season. Mercer Island’s Kaleb Warner is a tough defensive matchup because of his length and is really hard to guard when he starts hitting shots from the outside.
– No. 10 O’Dea (16-10) vs. Shorecrest (17-6), Friday, 8 pm, Mountlake Terrace
The skinny: O’Dea is a very well coached team with talented players and was able to navigate through a tough Metro League. Shorecrest made it to the regional round for the first time since 1995 by winning 11 straight games.
Players to watch: O’Dea senior Tyler Kidd is a lightning quick point guard that has the ability to stop on a dime and hit a pull-up jumper. Shorecrest has a balanced attack, but it’s led by Masamba Niadoe’s 12.8 points per game.
– No. 4 Bellevue (21-3) vs. No. 2 Lincoln (22-3), Friday, 8 pm, Mt. Tahoma
The skinny: A matchup worthy of the Tacoma Dome, this regional round game pits two top-5 teams. Bellevue lost just one game to an in-state opponent and that came to Eastside Catholic in the semifinals of the district tournament. Bellevue has the KingCo 3A/2A Player of the Year (Kyle Foreman), but are a balanced team with a deep bench. Lincoln was given a boost when Ahmaad Rorie returned from Montverde Academy midseason and was ruled eligible to play, but the Abes are much more than the California-bound guard.
Players to watch: Gunther Klimes offers an important presence down low for the Bellevue offense. The team’s leading scorer is skilled in the post and offers rim protection on defense. Rorie knows how to score, but has also fit into the Lincoln offense after joining the team midseason. Beware, though, Rorie can socre quickly if necessary.
– Kennewick (14-9) vs. Shadle Park (9-13), Friday, 8 pm, Mt. Spokane
The skinny: Kennewick had three losses before the end of the last calendar year (including one to 2A Sumner), but was able to advance to the regional round and force a rematch with Shadle Park. The Highlanders won the district matchup a week ago, 63-60, their lone victory over a regional team. Shadle Park lost five straight at one point and is just 2-3 in its last five games.
Players to watch: The Kennewick offense revolves around Mitchel Mueller and his 18.2 points per game. George Pilimai, a 6-foot-5 junior, leads Shadle Park with 12.5 points per game.
– No. 6 Stanwood (23-1) vs. No. 7 Foss (17-7), Saturday, 4 pm, Kent-Meridian
The skinny: Stanwood rolled through the regular season and looked to take a perfect record into the regional round until Shorecrest knocked it off in the district championship game. Foss has played extremely well as of late, losing only to Lincoln and Wilson down the homestretch.
Players to watch: Stanwood plays very well within its offensive system, but if it needs someone to score, look for Josh Thayer to be the guy. Seattle University signee Armond Davis is the star of the Foss team, scoring 32 points earlier in the playoffs.
– Mountlake Terrace (17-7) vs. No. 5 Wilson (21-3), Saturday, 4 pm, Mt. Tahoma
The skinny: Mountlake Terrace is a two-headed monster with seniors Greg Bowman and Loren Lacasse. Having appeared in the top 10 earlier this season, the Hawks needed to win two straight to reach the regional round after losing to Stanwood. Wilson, meanwhile, has been one of the top teams in the state all season.
Players to watch: Take your pick between Bowman and Lacasse, both all-league first-teamers that have size and can shoot well from the outside. Wilson’s Alphonso Anderson is only a sophomore, but at 6 foot 6 is hard to stop.