The round of 12 did not disappoint, with two games heading into overtime, monster performances, and some big upsets. Let’s dive right into some of the 4A and 3A standout players from the first day at the Tacoma Dome. 4A…
The round of 12 did not disappoint, with two games heading into overtime, monster performances, and some big upsets. Let’s dive right into some of the 4A and 3A standout players from the first day at the Tacoma Dome.
Skyline 60 Davis 59 (OT)
| Davis – The point guard did a masterful job of keeping defenders on his hip and backside as he patiently prodded through the Spartan defense on his way to a game-high 25 points. Hernandez turned it on in the third quarter, pushing the pace and displaying some clinical scoring ability to force the game into overtime.
| Davis – Lee only finished with 8 points but made plays in crucial stretches of the game to ensure Davis stayed within striking distance of Skyline. A nice steal in the backcourt that led to an assist, driving and dishing late in the clock, and draining some timely threes, Lee was vital to the Pirates’ effort yesterday morning.
| Skyline – Scoring 11 points in the opening quarter, Crandall used his athleticism and ability to get to the rim to boost Skyline to an early lead. He cooled down some in the middle quarters but came back in the fourth and overtime to make a game-saving block toward the end of regulation, and sunk the game-winning shot as time ran down in overtime.
Willy Heise | Skyline – Withoutin the lineup Heise stepped in and played a big role eating up boards and muscling in paint points to give the Spartans an edge inside. He seemed to grab every rebound in his vicinity, ran the floor hard, and was efficient near the hoop on his way to a double-double.
| Skyline – With Heise playing big inside, it came down to Robinson to help stretch the floor from the perimeter while other shooters went cold. He nailed 3-of-6 from downtown, bailed them out of countless possessions, and used his high IQ to slow down big moments on his way to 15 points and a game-high six assists.
Tahoma 57 Camas 62
| Tahoma – The 6-foot-5 forward was unconscious from the floor in the first half and tallied 15 of Tahoma’s 23 first-half points. Good off-ball movement and soft touch helped the Bears forward look unstoppable from almost every spot.
Kevin Williams | Tahoma – Tahoma was relatively quiet in the first half with the exception of, but Williams helped later one, hitting some crucial 3-pointers in the fourth quarter that really opened up the game and allowed him to start finding space inside to drive and dish.
| Camas – Just a blur from start to finish, McMillan continually found himself at the rim and was outrunning defenders all game. His aggressiveness went unmatched as he rolled downhill on every touch. His ability to attack the rim was a big difference in a close game.
| Camas – He wasn’t as efficient as he normally is but Currie clutched up and came through at the right time for the Papermakers, winning one-on-one from the perimeter and drilling some big jumpers from three and the mid-range. He finished with 18 points and was determined to close out the game and advance.
Gonzaga Prep 79 Mariner 69
| Gonzaga Prep – Sandberg led the Bullpups with 19 points and over half of those came in the first quarter. He helped Prep jump out to an early lead from which they never looked back. Sandberg has great focus and touch on his jumper and was able to hit from short-range out to the mid-range and was highly efficient from the field.
| Gonzaga Prep – Before having to sit almost an entire quarter due to foul trouble, Miller was proving a tough pickup for Mariner with his combo of size and quickness. He was having his way getting to the rim and finished the opening quarter with 10 points.
| Gonzaga Prep – It wasn’t a pretty shooting night for Floyd but his hustle and focus on the little things were irreplaceable for G-Prep. He attacked on defense, made sure to box out, and made a bunch of effort plays that forced Mariner to feel his presence and physical play.
| Mariner – After scoring just 24 points in the first half, Mariner found some rhythm in the second half and it was largely due to Bloomfield’s ability to score while closely guarded. From tough layups, to deep, contested threes, Bloomfield was a man possessed as he attempted to keep Mariner in the game. He finished with a game-high 27 points including 6-for-11 from downtown.
Union 43 Richland 55
| Union – He did not have a great night scoring the ball, going just 3-for-10 from the field, but Fassilis kept the heat on Richland in every other way. He totaled 12 rebounds, six assists, six steals, and three blocks, and played with exceptional determination. He’s the type of player you hope to watch at the state tournament.
| Richland – In a fairly slow-developing game, Woodard provided a big bump in the second half with his outside shooting and willingness to stick his nose into 50/50 balls. He finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals.
North Thurston 53 Mountlake Terrace 58
| North Thurston – His length caused big issues for the Hawks on the glass with 14 rebounds and eight offensive boards. While he struggled to finish those second-chance opportunities, Adams swung the battle on the boards in favor of the Rams and showed great fight throughout the game.
| North Thurston – Tenkley looked like a man on a mission from the jump and scored from every level, willing North Thurston to stay in the game. He was feeling it from all over, hitting 4-of-10 from 3-point, 9-of-11 from the free throw line, and finished with a game-high 25 points.
Chris Meegan | Mountlake Terrace – Meegan led the Hawks with 15 points and did a lot of his damage from long-range, hitting all three of his triples in the first half. When he wasn’t scoring, Meegan was diming up teammates and also paced Mountlake Terrace with six assists.
| Mountlake Terrace – Dubiel did a little bit of everything, scoring, rebounding, and creating big plays defensively. He played an explosive game on both ends of the floor and displayed some ultra-quick hands on defense to help the Hawks gain the edge in transition.
| Mountlake Terrace – He didn’t have the eye-popping stat line but Singh was incredibly efficient from the field and played awesome defense as well. He’s a definitive glue guy who will do the dirty jobs and has the skill offensively to surprise defenses and chip in some healthy point totals.
| Mountlake Terrace – The clutch shooter came out and hit 4-of-5 3-point attempts, including his first four shots from deep. His points were well-timed and he seems to draw energy as the clock ticks down.
Bellevue 52 Timberline 49 (OT)
| Bellevue – It was a supremely tough first half on the offensive end for Bellevue but Ball was a bright spot, bringing energy and playmaking off of the bench to give the Wolverines some much-needed points. He made a few nice passes to guys cutting to the rim and hit a contested three to give a struggling offense a needed boost early on.
| Bellevue – He was the offensive spark toward the end, starting with a couple of drives in the back half of the third quarter. He had some of the biggest plays of the game including an offensive board and a bucket to tie the game as the clock just about hit zero. He then had a nice drive to the rim from which he passed back up to the top of the key for a giant 3-pointer from . Then Smith grabbed another huge board and followed it with a tipped pass to all but seal the game.
Cedric Ragland | Timberline – The Blazers shocked Bellevue early on with intense, swarming defense in the first half and Ragland was a tone-setter in that regard. His motor had him making plays all over the court.
| Timberline – Second on the team with 15 points and eight rebounds, Gipson was scoring inside, draining shots from mid-range, and hit a big putback late in the fourth to give his team a four-point lead.
Arlington 41 Auburn 52
| Arlington – With a few big dunks early on, Zachman set the tone for Arlington and matched the physical play from the Auburn Trojans. He tied for a game-high 17 points and showed no fear attacking the rim.
| Arlington – The young PG drew a tough matchup against but fought hard for every point on his way to 14 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. It wasn’t the most efficient shooting night for Martin but he was resilient throughout the game and came alive in the third period to give Arlington some late life.
| Auburn – He was the one constant offensive force for Auburn and made a point of getting to the rim and taking it at the defense. This aggressiveness helped him get to the line quite often, and he also sold of defensively, taking two charges through the course of the game.
| Auburn – Nichols brought it defensively, locking up early on and causing problems at the point of attack. He started out slow offensively but found some success going to the rim later on, punching in 15 points on 50 percent shooting.
Shorecrest 69 Rainier Beach 44
| Shorecrest – The junior was a force early on, taking it to the rim, skying up for rebounds, and making strong, smart decisions. He was able to help the Scots finish numerous plays in transition and capitalize on their early opportunities.
| Shorecrest – For all of the Viking’s quickness and pressure, Silimon took his time, was careful with the dribble, creating space between him and defenders, and keeping his vision up court. His play bringing the ball down and setting up the offense can not be overstated as he mixed in patience with aggression on offense. As always, he also brought the energy on the glass, helping his team in any way he can.
| Shorecrest – The Wesco 3A MVP started to feel it in the third, pouring in the points and extending the lead, helping the Scots win the quarter out of the half, 25-6.