OG One Invitational
Saturday – May 6, 2017

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OG ONE Invitational
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Benefit Basketball Showcase for OG ONE

This amazing event brings together the elite teams from the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, May 6, 2017. This basketball showcase takes place at The Salvation Army and SEI Center.

Support OG ONE and enjoy watching the best teams this weekend. OG ONE is a big part of our community and is a staple for the Blazers. Lets rally together to show our support on Saturday. Breakdown PDX and Dream Team is proud to be a part of this special event.

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Event Schedule
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RISE Black Headed to Florida After Convincing Northwest Showcase Victory

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April 9th 2017 7v7 Northwest Showcase Final
French Field Final
RISE Black 36
KT Prep Money (CA) 2

See game recap below
 


RISE Black Headed to Florida After Convincing Northwest Showcase Victory
By Steve Dion

The championship game at the 7v7 Northwest Showcase featured RISE Black from Washington vs. KT Prep Money from California. The winner would get a chance to represent their state at IMG Academy in Florida. RISE Black dominated the ballgame wire to wire in a 36-2 victory to claim the hardware. Watch the complete highlight package below.

7v7 Northwest Showcase Final
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Video – 2017 copyright ZUMA Media

The Final Score:
RISE Black 36, KT Prep Money (CA) 2.

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7v7 Northwest Showcase – April 8th & 9th

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Participating Teams in the 7v7 Northwest Showcase on April 8th & 9th.

 

RISE Black          
  Jordan Bush-Johnson Steilacoom 2018 RB
  Jerrel Chapman Tahoma 2018 WR
  Kasai Childress Graham-Kapowsin 2018 CB
  Tyquan Coleman Cascade Christian 2018 N
  Demetrius Crosby Foss 2018 CB
  Nash Fouch Woodinville 2018 WR
  Mason Glover Kentwood 2018 CB
  Connor Gregoire O’Dea 2018 ATH
  Treshaun Harrison Garfield 2018 CB
  Anthony Hutchinson Lake Stevens 2018 WR
  Machiah Lee Bethel 2018 D
  Robert Mason III Graham-Kapowsin 2018 WR
  Jovan McConico Garfield 2018 FS
  Mekhi Metcalf Garfield 2018 WR
  Taj Moffett Curtis 2018 WR
  Dylan Morris Graham-Kapowsin 2019 QB
  Darius Morrison Puyallup 2019 WR
  Lionelletui Mulitauaopele Kentwood 2018 CB
  Maleke Pate Mount Tahoma 2018 WR
  Sav’ell Smalls Garfield 2020 TE
  Micah Smith Graham-Kapowsin 2018 SS
  Tre Weed Sumner 2018 SS
  Ben Wilson Sumner 2018 LB
  Reggie Jones     Coach
  Johnny Durocher     Coach
  Lee Jones     Coach
           
RISE Gold          
  Na’hoku Agor Lakes 2018 N
  Conor Bardue Lake Stevens 2018 QB
  Michael Barnes Timberline 2018 WR
  Tyrique Bell Wilson 2018 D
  Drew Bonds Wilson 2018 WR
  Manny Borrero Lakes 2018 RB
  Chase Chandler Bellarmine Prep 2018 LB
  Ethan Eilertson Enumclaw 2019 WR
  Marques Fuala’au Kentlake 2018 LB
  Austin Grondahl Sumner 2019 QB
  Jurrian Hering Gig Harbor 2019 CB
  Solomon Hines Kentridge 2018 RB
  Anthony Hutchinson Lake Stevens 2018 WR
  Dajshon Keel South Kitsap 2019 FS
  Alex McGeachy Kentwood 2018 CB
  Jacob Moore Kentwood 2018 WR
  Lionelltui Mulitauaopele Kentwood 2018 CB
  Tracey Page River Ridge 2018 WR
  David Sotelo Mount Si 2018 TE
  Braydon Tressler Bonney Lake 2018 N
  Daeshawn Wayne Lakes 2019 N
  Jeremiah Woods Kentlake 2018 FS
  Reggie Jones     Coach
  Johnny Durocher     Coach
  Lee Jones     Coach
           
Tacoma Bomb Squad          
  Jalen Scott Stadium 2017 DB
  Solomon Bang Federal Way 2019 WR
  Kellen Blackshire Federal Way 2017 DB
  Blake Cantu Peninsula 2017 DB
  La’Jon Carter Steilacoom 2017 WR
  Jamon Chambers Stadium 2017 WR
  Hunter Eckstrom Lake Stevens 2017 WR
  Kavon Holden Lincoln 2018 DB
  Tristan Kwon Lincoln 2018 DB
  Omare Merriweather Bethel 2018 DB
  Max Novak Stadium 2017 WR
  KJ Ridders Federal Way 2017 DB
  Patrick Rodgers Lincoln 2017 DB
  Joey Sinclair Lincoln 2017 WR
  Josh Smith Tahoma 2017 DB
  Hunter Wendling Stadium 2018 QB
  Chris Wendling     Coach
  Blaze Barber     Coach
  Coni Wendling     Coach
  Melody Scott     Coach
           
Air One Black          
  Myles Artis Hudson’s Bay 2018 WR/LB
  Izak Brundage Battle Ground 2018 WR/DB
  Darien Chase Mountain View 2019 WR/DB
  Jack Colletto Camas 2017 QB
  Luke Espasandin Union 2019 RB/LB
  Zion Faaopega Union 2018 TE/LB
  Cole Grossman Skyview 2018 WR/LB
  Mathew Ioane Camas 2019 QB
  Alec Jackson Union 2019 WR/DB
  Jimmy Jones Scappoose 2018 RB
  Kekona Kawamura Gervais 2018 RB/LB
  Aidan Mallory Hockinson 2019 WR/DB
  Taj Muhammed Seton Catholic 2019 DB
  Levi O’Connell Gresham 2018 TE/LB
  Lucas Rhinevault Gresham 2019 DB
  Angelo Sarchi Skyview 2018 WR/DB
  Jovon Sewell Skyview 2018 WR/DB
  Julio Vara Hudson’s Bay 2018 WR/DB
  Ray Danaldi     Coach
  Joe Salvador     Coach
  Alex Melson     Coach
  John Charles     Coach
           
Air One White          
  Izak Brundage Battle Ground 2018 WR/DB
  Ethan Edgarly Crook County 2019 QB/DB
  Luke Espasandin Union 2019 RB/LB
  Jaden Fulsher Central Catholic 2020 WR/DB
  Alec Jackson Union 2019 WR/DB
  Charlie Medak Central Catholic 2020 QB/DB
  Taj Muhammed Seton Catholic 2019 DB
  Levi O’Connell Gresham 2018 TE/LB
  Titan Phillips Camas 2020 WR/LB
  Bryson Quinn Thurston 2020 WR/DB
  Lucas Rhinevault Gresham 2019 DB
  O’Rien Shaw Sandy 2020 RB/LB
  Matthew Williams Camas 2019 WR/DB
  Ahmani Williams Skyview 2020 WR/DB
  Ray Danaldi     Coach
  Joe Salvador     Coach
  Alex Melson     Coach
  John Charles     Coach
Elite Training Academy          
  Ricky Baker Monroe 2018 LB
  Kainalu Batongbacal Monroe 2018 WR
  Efton Chism III Monroe 2020 WR
  Jason Cyr Monroe 2018 WR
  Jereck Galloway Monroe 2018 WR/DB
  Antonio Hill Bellevue 2018 RB/DB
  Cyrus Hunter O’Dea 2019 DB
  Dillion Kuk Marysville-Pilchuck 2020 WR/DB
  Trey Lane Cavalero Middle 2021 WR
  Isaiah Lewis Monroe 2018 WR/LB/RB
  JR Little Cavalero Middle 2021 WR/DB
  Tao McClinton Sammamish 2018 WR/TE
  Max Moenoa Cavalero Middle 2021 WR
  Jaedyn Prewitt Monroe 2018 QB
  Lucas Rhodes Monroe 2018 RB/LB
  Noah Stifle Woodinville 2020 QB
  Ruddell Crim     Coach
  Dennis Kennedy     Coach
           
           
Field Generals Marvin Barber Union 2019 RB/LB
  Alex Barrett Union 2018 TE/LB
  Maliki Campbell Union 2020 WR/DB
  Justin Chin Union 2020 RB/DB
  Justin Durrett Union 2018 WR/DB
  Jack Eggleston Union 2020 QB/LB
  Braedon Ensley Union 2018 WR/DB
  Luke Espasandin Union 2019 RB/LB
  Zion Fa’aopega Union 2018 TE
  Alex Gonzales Union 2019 RB/LB
  Alec Jackson Union 2019 WR/DB
  Elijah Jones Union 2018 RB/DB
  Isaiah Jones Union 2020 RB/DB
  Joshua Joo Union 2019 RB/LB
  Riley Miller Union 2018 RB/LB
  Aiden Nellor Union 2018 TE
  Dakota Oliphant Union 2019 QB/WR/DB
  Jayden Picanco Union 2019 WR/DB
  Jackson Saylor Union 2019 TE
  Tiernan Stanley Union 2018 WR/DB
  Tyler Summers Union 2020 WR/DB
  Alishawaun Taylor Union 2019 WR/DB
  Alex Vallejo Union 2019 WR/DB
  Lincoln Victor Union 2019 QB/DB
  Brandon Victor     Coach
  Junior Sene     Coach
  Melissa Victor     Coach

 

Union vs. Kentwood
Game Stats- 3/4/17
4A State Championship


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Varsity Hoops Live
Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament
on www.theFinalScore.TV

Saturday- March 4 2017 4A Boys Championship
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Union 18 21 7 15 61
Kentwood 18 19 22 22 81

4A Union Titans
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
1 Keithen Shepard 0-6 0-1 0-0 4 4 4 0
5 Houston Combs 1-1 1-1 0-0 1 0 0 3
10 Zach Reznick 4-10 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 9
12 Tyler Combs 4-12 2-5 3-4 2 2 3 13
20 Quinn Lamey 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0
21 Austin Lewis 4-7 0-0 0-0 8 0 5 8
23 Jalen Brown 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
25 Kai Gamble 3-3 0-0 0-0 4 0 0 6
30 Cameron Cranston 7-16 4-7 4-6 8 0 2 22
32 Justin Ongley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
34 Jason Franklin Jr. 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0
35 Cole Susee 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0

4A Kentwood Conquerors
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
0 Anjaylo Lloyd 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 2
1 Elijah Millon 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
2 Koby Huerta 5-10 2-4 4-6 3 2 3 16
3 Rayvaughn Bolton 6-11 4-6 3-3 6 3 3 19
5 D'angelo Minnis 1-5 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 3
15 Beau Roggenbach 3-5 0-1 1-2 7 1 3 7
21 Armann Gill 1-1 1-1 0-0 1 0 0 3
22 Ryan Wilds 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
23 Eli'sha Sheppard 6-9 0-0 1-1 2 0 0 13
24 Jahvonta Jones 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
25 Darius Lubom 4-5 1-1 9-12 5 7 2 18

Catch our Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament on theFinalScore.TV all week long.

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Kentridge vs. Glacier Peak-Girls
Game Stats- 3/4/17
4A State Championship


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Varsity Hoops Live
Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament
on www.theFinalScore.TV

Saturday- March 4 2017 4A Girls Championship
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kentridge 17 11 9 23 60
Glacier Peak 15 13 7 11 46

4A Kentridge Chargers
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
1 Taylor Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 0
3 Bronte Fougere 1-3 1-3 2-2 3 1 2 5
4 Morgan Gary 1-13 0-4 0-0 7 0 4 2
10 Brooke Ziegenhagen 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0
12 Tresai McCarver 2-10 1-4 1-2 9 3 4 6
22 Daylani Ballena 1-5 1-3 0-0 1 1 3 3
23 Hana McVicker 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
32 Jordan Jenkins 5-10 0-0 7-11 12 0 0 17
44 JaQuaya Miller 10-22 1-2 6-6 17 1 1 27

4A Glacier Peak Grizzlies
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
3 Paisley Johnson 5-16 0-3 3-5 3 1 3 13
5 Sam Fatkin 4-14 0-3 5-9 5 3 4 13
11 Nichole Jensen 1-5 1-3 0-0 1 1 3 3
12 Kayla Watkins 4-10 2-4 4-6 15 1 2 14
13 Mikayla Guerra 0-2 0-2 0-0 3 0 1 0
15 Maya McFadden 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0
33 Abbie Juozapaitis 1-6 1-6 0-0 3 1 3 3

Catch our Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament on theFinalScore.TV all week long.

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Bishop Blanchet vs. Mercer Island-Girls
Game Stats- 3/4/17
3A State Championship


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Varsity Hoops Live
Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament
on www.theFinalScore.TV

Saturday- March 4 2017 3A Girls Championship
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bishop Blanchet 12 11 10 14 47
Mercer Island 8 10 18 16 52

3A Bishop Blanchet Braves
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
3 Katie Merrywell 1-5 1-5 2-2 2 5 3 5
11 Maddie O'Neill 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
13 Taylor Chambers 1-8 0-4 2-3 3 2 0 4
15 Ella DiPietro 2-6 1-4 0-1 3 0 1 5
20 Annie Maher 7-11 0-0 0-0 5 0 1 14
21 Jadyn Bush 3-9 0-0 4-6 11 3 3 10
33 Jillese Bush 3-7 0-0 3-4 9 1 5 9

3A Mercer Island Islanders
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
3 Jessie Stenberg 1-7 0-5 0-0 3 1 2 2
4 Claire Mansfield 2-5 1-4 4-5 1 3 4 9
10 Kailee Yan 5-15 3-7 1-2 3 2 3 14
11 TorMar Beutelspacher 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
12 Josie Blakeslee 1-5 1-5 0-0 4 0 3 3
20 Anna Luce 8-12 0-0 5-6 10 0 2 21
24 Jackie Stenberg 1-4 1-4 0-0 1 0 0 3

Catch our Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament on theFinalScore.TV all week long.

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Garfield vs. Nathan Hale
Game Stats- 3/4/17
3A State Championship


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Varsity Hoops Live
Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament
on www.theFinalScore.TV

Saturday- March 4 2017 3A Boys Tournament
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Garfield 13 16 11 11 51
Nathan Hale 15 11 23 19 68

3A Garfield Bulldogs
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
0 Jelani Howard 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
1 Jamon Kemp 4-6 1-1 3-4 6 0 0 12
2 Daejon Davis 2-7 0-1 0-2 4 2 4 4
3 Eddie Turner 2-4 1-1 0-0 2 1 2 5
5 Jaylen Nowell 3-15 0-5 1-2 3 2 4 7
10 Mekhi Metcalf 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0
11 Tre'Shaun Harrison 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0
12 Karl Drammeh 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
13 Curtis Walker 3-10 1-6 1-2 5 1 3 8
23 Markele Lilly 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0
24 Noah Neubauer 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
33 J'Rann Brooks 7-13 0-1 1-3 4 2 4 15

3A Nathan Hale Raiders
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
1 Michael Porter Jr. 10-18 2-5 5-6 17 1 2 27
3 PJ Fuller 3-9 1-5 5-7 3 4 3 12
4 Kateel Barnett 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
5 Coban Porter 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
11 Jontay Porter 2-8 1-4 5-6 4 3 4 10
13 Tre-Var Holland 2-3 1-2 5-6 0 1 0 10
21 Dempsey Hope 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
23 Tajon Williams 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0
24 Freddy Brown III 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0
32 Stieg Smith 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
33 Keegan Crosby 3-5 3-5 0-0 1 2 1 9

Catch our Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament on theFinalScore.TV all week long.

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Hale Caps Off Historic Season, Claim 3A Hardware

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Hale Caps Off Historic Season, Claim 3A Hardware
By Steve Dion

Saturday- March 4th 2017 Boys 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Garfield 13 16 11 11 51
Nathan Hale 15 11 23 19 68

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Nathan Hale Raiders

28 down, 1 to go.

Countless storylines heading into one basketball game.

The top ranked team in the country virtually all season long Nathan Hale led by first-year Head Coach Brandon Roy and touted prospect Michael Porter Jr. had one more box to check in his final prep game before following in his Roy’s footsteps and heading over to Montlake to play at the University of Washington.

To do so, they would have to take down a tough Garfield squad led by two future teammates Jaylen Nowell & Daejon Davis for the fourth time this season, the closest of which a four point win at Garfield on January 27th in a nationally-televised game. Could Garfield prevent the Raiders from rewriting the history books of Washington high school basketball?

A tightly contested opening two quarters were highlighted by the one-two punch of Porter and P.J. Fuller who combined for 17 points and 11 rebounds in a low scoring first half. The Bulldogs relied on their balance of playmakers including Jamon Kemp whose midrange game had early success for 9 early points. Both teams were held under 40% from the field. At the break, Nathan Hale found themselves in the rare position of trailing; a three point deficit.

The third quarter has been a friend of Hale’s all season long. Tonight was no exception. The notion that this was the time the Raiders would crumble was quickly wiped away when they exploded for 23 points in the eight minutes following intermission helping to secure a double-digit margin heading into the final frame. Jontay Porter’s size and strength were too much for the increasingly fatigued Bulldogs to contain. J’Raan Brooks kept the door cracked open for a miraculous comeback scoring 15 points leading Garfield, but the Raiders were able to close out with authority including a dunk of the ages by Porter which he tossed to himself off the backboard and followed up with a tomahawk slam akin to what you’d see on an NBA court. When the clock struck triple zeros, Nathan Hale finished the job many had dream was possible, but one that needed to be seen to believe.

The Final Score
Nathan Hale 68, Garfield 51

Top Performers:
Nathan Hale
Michael Porter Jr.- 27 points, 17 rebounds

Garfield
J’Raan Brooks- 15 points


Islanders Capture Gritty Win in 3A Title, Top Blanchet

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Islanders Capture Gritty Win in 3A Title, Top Blanchet
By Steve Dion

Saturday- March 4th 2017 Girls 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bishop Blanchet 12 11 10 14 47
Mercer Island 8 10 18 16 52

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Mercer Island Islanders

Championship Saturday tipped off with the Girls 3A Title Game between the Mercer Island Islanders & Bishop Blanchet Braves. It wasn’t until February 16th in the district semifinals that the then top-ranked Braves picked up their first loss of the season…to these same Islanders. It’s tough to beat a team once, could Mercer Island do it again with the championship trophy on the line?

The Braves found themselves up early as the Blanchet front court were dominant on both ends of the floor. Annie Maher recorded 8 of her team high 16 in the first two quarters and was complimented by 8 tough rebounds by Jillese Bush. The Islanders countered with a balanced attack, but lacked a clear-cut weapon to carry the weight. The highlight of the half for the Islanders was a buzzer-beating heave from near mid-court by Claire Mansfield. The Braves carried a 5 point lead at the break.

Mercer Island emerged from the locker room determined and began to feed Luce who carried them against BB in their first meeting. An 18 point outburst by MI allowed them to take the lead heading into the final frame. Could they close the deal?

As the clock was reaching the end of regulation and the game was in the balanced, it was time for a playmaker to put their stamp on the game. Enter Kailee Yan. On two late trips, the guard knocked down a deep two followed by a step back 3 to grab the lead. Then, Mansfield converted on a handful of free throws when the Braves were forced to stop the clock. She netted enough to make the final possession moot and Mercer Island captured the 3A state title to begin Saturday slate of games.

The Final Score
Mercer Island 52, Bishop Blanchet 47

Top Performers:
Mercer Island
Anna Luce- 21 points, 10 rebounds

Bishop Blanchet
Annie Maher- 14 points, 5 rebounds


Hale Upends Abes, Title Game Bound

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Hale Upends Abes, Title Game Bound
By Steve Dion

Friday- March 3rd 2017 Boys 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lincoln 18 15 13 14 60
Nathan Hale 24 17 17 26 84

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Nathan Hale Sophomore P.J. Fuller

53 wins, zero losses.

That was the combined record of the two teams heading into the first of two 3A semifinals on Friday night at “The Woodshed” in Tacoma. Top ranked team in the nation Nathan Hale fresh off a quarterfinal win against Standwood squared off against Lincoln who delivered a gutsy win on Thursday night over Seattle Prep.

As he does seemingly every night, Michael Porter Jr. started his monster night with 18 first half points to go with 5 rebounds including a few highlight-reel dunks. Stellar sophomore P.J. Fuller also had an impressive showing as his 29 points on 11/13 field goals led all scorers. The Abes kept the score close in the first half with Trevante Anderson and Emmett Linton doing damage on both ends of the floor. An eight point deficit for Lincoln at the break put themselves in position to make things interesting in the second half.

Like clockwork, Hale dashed any hope for an upset by ramping up the pace of play and letting the tremendous athleticism on their roster. Tre’var Holland made some back-breaking plays with his crafty ball-handling as part of a 16 point, 5 rebound performance. Aubrey Shelton’s Abes battled to the final whistle, but the Raiders simply overpowered their competition for the 26th time this season.

Will they make it 27 in the most important of them all tomorrow?

The Final Score
Nathan Hale 84, Lincoln 60

Top Performers:
Nathan Hale
P.J. Fuller- 29 points, 4 rebounds

Lincoln
Trevante Anderson- 20 points, 12 rebounds


Garfield Knocks Off Reigning Champs Beach

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Garfield Knocks Off Reigning Champs Beach
By Steve Dion

Thursday- March 2nd 2017 Boys 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rainier Beach 11 15 12 20 58
Garfield 10 19 11 19 59

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Garfield Bulldogs

For the fourth time this season, legendary Washington hoops programs Garfield & Rainier Beach squared off. To say these teams are familiar with eachother is an understatement. The previous three meetings this season all led up to this decisive night as the winner would punch its ticket to semifinal Friday of the Hardwood Classic.

The star guard matchup of Kevin Porter Jr. for Beach and Jaylen Nowell of Garfield presented itself without surprise as the two matched buckets throughout the first two frames. They accounted for 17 and 16 points respectively in the first half alone. Garfield who was without utility man Curtis Walker saw increased minutes by Jalani Howard and Mekhi Metcalf to fill the void. The Bulldogs who lead the season series 2-1 led by three with sixteen minutes separating themselves from another trip to the state semis.

Drama grew quickly in the third quarter with every successive possession becoming more critical than the previous. Jaylen Nowell continued to attack the cup with ferocity and was aided by growing contributions by his fellow guards Daejon Davis & Eddie Turner who both scored in double figures. This contributed to a lead that continued to grow into the late stages of the fourth quarter. With a ten point deficit and under three to go, Beach needed stops.

The battle-tested Viks were able to turn the ball over multiple times to draw the game within one possession and ten seconds to go. Kevin Porter Jr. and Tijohn Rodde figured heavily into the comeback with N’Keil Nelson & Khalil Shabazz fouled out. Jaylen Nowell went to the line to shoot a pair of free throw which he converted on both attempts. Rainier Beach had one final attempt to hit a game-tying 3-pointer, but the shot fell short and Garfield breathes a massive sigh of relief as they head into semifinal Friday.

The Final Score
Garfield 59, Rainier Beach 58

Top Performers:
Garfield
Jaylen Nowell- 24 points, 5 rebounds

Rainier Beach
Kevin Porter Jr.- 28 points, 13 rebounds


Lynnwood vs. Bishop Blanchet-Girls
Game Stats- 3/2/17
3A State Tournament


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Varsity Hoops Live
Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament
on www.theFinalScore.TV

Wednesday- March 2 2017 3A Girls Tournament
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lynnwood 16 12 16 13 57
Bishop Blanchet 12 12 20 14 58

3A Lynnwood Royals
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
2 Reilly Walsh 1-2 0-0 3-4 4 4 2 5
3 Rachel Walsh 2-7 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 6
4 Nakia Boston 1-2 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 2
14 Kelsey Rogers 8-21 0-0 1-2 6 2 2 17
21 Valerie Bell 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0
22 Kaprice Boston 9-14 3-4 4-4 4 1 3 25
23 Taylor Fahey 1-2 0-0 0-0 4 1 0 2
34 Kia Crawford 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

3A Bishop Blanchet Braves
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
3 Katie Merrywell 2-9 2-7 0-0 2 1 3 6
11 Maddie O'Neill 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
13 Taylor Chambers 2-7 2-5 0-0 2 1 0 6
15 Ella DiPietro 2-4 1-2 0-0 3 5 0 5
20 Annie Maher 6-13 0-0 1-2 13 5 0 13
21 Jadyn Bush 8-18 0-0 6-9 12 1 2 22
33 Jillese Bush 2-5 0-0 2-4 4 2 3 6
34 Minnie Miller 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0

Catch our Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament on theFinalScore.TV all week long.

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West Seattle Bounces Wilson in Quarterfinal Bout

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West Seattle Bounces Wilson in Quarterfinal Bout
By Steve Dion

Thursday- March 2nd 2017 Boys 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Wilson 14 7 13 20 54
Rainier Beach 15 10 15 22 62

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West Seattle Senior Nate Pryor

The penultimate Hardwood Classic quarterfinal matchup on Thursday featured an increasingly less unknown West Seattle squad against locally-based Wilson Rams. After facing the likes of Nathan Hale, Rainier Beach, & Garfield on several occasions in recent weeks, it was certainly a nice change for Keffrey Fazio’s Wildcats squad to test its meddle against other top Washington talent.

The matchup of length pitted Emmitt Matthews Jr. and Nathaniels Stokes for Wilson against the Mohamed brothers of West Seattle and the pairs of forwards figured heavily in the offensive output of the ballgame. Neither team gained a significant lead in the opening two quarters. Matthews accounted for the bulk of Wilson’s output netting 13 in the first half alone. West Seattle employed a more balanced attack with five Wildcats reaching the score sheet before intermission.

As the game wore on, Yusuf Mohamed continue to wreak havoc on both sides of the floor finishing with 23 points and 8 boards including a few highlight jams. Nate Pryor quietly added 13 and 7 in total as the Rams were outscored in all four quarters, thus never cutting down the deficit. The win earns the Wildcats a semifinal showdown with the victor between Garfield and Rainier Beach.

The Final Score
West Seattle 62, Wilson 54

Top Performers:
West Seattle
Yusuf Mohamed- 23 points, 11 rebounds

Wilson
Emmitt Matthews Jr.- 20 points, 6 rebounds


Hale Motors Past Stanwood in Tourney Opener

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Hale Motors Past Stanwood in Tourney Opener
By Steve Dion

Thursday- March 2nd 2017 Boys 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Stanwood 10 14 18 21 63
Nathan Hale 20 22 27 17 86

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Nathan Hale Senior Michael Porter Jr.

The Tacoma Dome is not a familiar destination for the Nathan Hale Raiders. Similarly, a team with talent like Brandon Roy’s Raiders is equally rare.

The human highlight reel Michael Porter Jr. demonstrated his elite skills in the first half netting 20 of his 36 point total. PJ Fuller made his presence felt as well by tallying 13. The scrappy Spartans battled as senior leader A.J. Martinka reached double figures before halftime. However, an 18 point lead against the top team in the country would be a steep hill to climb for Stanwood.

It didn’t take long for Hale to seal the deal in the second half as more of the Raiders weapons including Jontay Porter, Fred Brown, and Tre’var Hollard joined Porter Jr. in the scoring spree. Stanwood showed tremendous fight with Cameron Plautz among others recorded strong figures as the game wore on. A decisive victory for Hale sets them up for a Friday night contest against also undefeated Lincoln.

The Final Score
Nathan Hale 53, Stanwood 36

Top Performers:
Nathan Hale
Michael Porter Jr.- 36 points, 15 rebounds, 4 steals

Stanwood
Chase Strieby- 15 points, 8 rebounds


Lincoln Hands Prep Quarterfinal Exit

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Lincoln Hands Prep Quarterfinal Exit
By Steve Dion

Thursday- March 2nd 2017 Boys 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 8 17 21 12 58
Lincoln 14 11 26 19 70

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Lincoln’s Willie Thomas & Emmett Linton

In a classic battle of Tacoma vs. Seattle, undefeated Lincoln took a short trip down the road to take on suddenly streaking Seattle Prep. Could the dynamic Panthers attack send the Abes packing with their first defeat of the season?

Lincoln took advantage of the home cooking early with leading scorer Trevante Anderson netting a dozen in the first half. Prep countered with another strong showing by Collin Welp whose recent performances have been gradually peaking. Additionally, Jaxon Woodward provided a nice boost to help bring the game to a 25-25 heading into intermission.

The intensity of the ballgame grew as the game wore on with physical play leading to critical calls on the floor and big momentum swings. The Abes ability to contain Prep sharpshooter Aaron Nettles played a major role in the outcome as the senior was limited to 10 points in the contest. Collin Welp continued his strong play, but his comrade in the paint Nic Lynch struggle to find a rhythm.

There were four Licoln players in double figures as Emmett Linton, Le’Zjon Bonds, and Willie Thomas joined their leader Anderson. The Abes did not waver in the closing minutes and walked away a dozen ahead of the Panthers. The win earns Lincoln a Friday night bout in front of their hometown crowd.

The Final Score
Lincoln 70, Seattle Prep 58

Top Performers:
Lincoln
Trevante Anderson- 17 points, 4 assists

Seattle Prep
Collin Welp- 20 points, 9 rebounds


Snohomish Wins Panther Battle, Ousts Prep

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Snohomish Wins Panther Battle, Ousts Prep
By Steve Dion

Thursday- March 2nd 2017 Girls 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 3 8 11 14 36
Snohomish 15 15 9 14 53

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Snohomish Panthers

The lunchtime quarterfinal matchup in the girls 3A bracket featured Metro representative Seattle Prep fresh off a win against the defending champs Bellevue against 4A runner-up last season Snohomish. The winner would earn a trip to the semis and play the winner of Mercer Island against Kamiakin.

Snohomish jumped out of the gates ready to compete taking advantage of Kyra Beckman’s strength in the low block. She led all scorers with 17 points in the ballgame. Seattle Prep was limited to a single field goal in the first quarter and were trailing by double digits early. As the half progressed, Prep was unable to find a rhythm and at the break found themselves trailing by 19.

When play resumed, Snohomish kept the pedal down and were able to maintain a sizable lead. Katie Brandvold and Maya Duchesne added 11 apiece. Seattle Prep got a baker’s dozen from Marie Hauck who battled for a tough 31 minutes, but the lack of scoring options around her caused them to fall short. With the victory, Snohomish continues its quest to follow up last year’s second place finish with a title.

The Final Score
Snohomish 53, Seattle Prep 36

Top Performers:
Snohomish
Kyra Beckman- 17 points, 7 rebounds

Seattle Prep
Marie Hauck- 13 points, 8 rebounds


Beach Opens Title Defense Victorious, Garfield Next

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Beach Opens Title Defense Victorious, Garfield Next
By Steve Dion

Wednesday- March 1st 2017 Boys 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bellevue 4 12 7 15 38
Rainier Beach 20 27 9 13 69

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It’s never a question of whether Rainier Beach will be here, it’s how far they’ll go. In the last handful of seasons, Mike Bethea’s has built a dynasty compiling 4 of the past 5 state titles. This season, the road to hoist the hardware will be a much tougher challenge. The Vikings quest for another title run began Wednesday night with a matchup against perennial KingCo power Bellevue. The winner would earn a quarterfinal matchup with Garfield on Thursday.

The defending champs made quick work of a young Wolverines squad from the opening tip. N’Keil Nelson’s toughness in the paint was too much for Bellevue’s interior defense and allowed the Beach wing to record 13 first-half points as part of a game-high 20. Additionally, Khalil Shabazz’s lock-down defense forced several turnovers leading to transition buckets for Kevin Porter Jr. who finished with 18.

The Wolverines were able to string together a more competitive second half even though the damage was done. Spencer Birkeland was able to reach double figures, but the experience Vikings held BHS to 38 points in the ballgame. Mike Bethea was able to get 9 Vikings in the scoring column in this convincing opening-round win.

Rainier Beach opens the Hardwood Classic in dominant fashion, but the road quickly gets tougher. They’ll battle the Bulldogs of Garfield tomorrow for the fourth time this year. A win would even the season series at two apiece, but at this stage, it’s win or go home. Make sure to catch the live broadcast of Thursday’s primetime matchup at www.theFinalScore.TV!

The Final Score
Rainier Beach 69, Bellevue 38

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
N’Keil Nelson- 20 points

Bellevue
Spencer Birkeland- 10 points


Seattle Prep Deals Timberline Defeat, Advance to Quarters

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Seattle Prep Deals Timberline Defeat, Advance to Quarters
By Steve Dion

Wednesday- March 1st 2017 Boys 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 18 13 25 15 71
Timberline 7 14 19 13 53

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Seattle Prep Panthers

Early March is the optimal time for a team to be peaking with its best play. For the Seattle Prep Panthers, they are doing just that.

The opening round of the Hardwood Classic featured 11th seeded Prep battling against counterpart to the south in the Timberline Blazers. Which team would advance to the quarterfinals to face undefeated Lincoln?

Mike Kelly’s Panther squad jumped out to a big lead early scoring a dozen before the Blazers found the scoreboard. It wasn’t until late in the first quarter when Timberline recorded its first points on an Erik Stevenson bucket in the paint. Collin Welp’s dominant effort in this ballgame was evident early as the senior post’s jump shot was falling in addition to controlling the paint. Despite leading by double digits at the break, a late surge by Timberline when the Prep attack stalled put the game within reach heading into the second half of play.

When play resumed, the pace increased and the change favored Seattle Prep whose strong transition game led by Kalu Stricklin & Collin Gale contributed to a 25 point outburst in the third. Additionally, Welp buried some shots from the perimeter and Nic Lynch added a dozen in the low block to extend the lead. Timberline tried to keep pace with some tough shots by Tariq Romain and Hunter Campau but the fate of the game gradually became clear.

The final frame was dominated by a gradual increase in reserves inserted to play by both sides to run down the clock with Prep’s victory looming. When the dust settled, the Panthers won in convincing fashion as they move on to face the Abes tomorrow.

The Final Score
Seattle Prep 71, Timberline 53

Top Performers:
Seattle Prep
Collin Welp- 22 points, 7 rebounds

Timberline
Tariq Romain- 12 points, 3 steals


Listen Live to the 3A State Tournament – Complete Schedule

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Varsity Hoops Live
Broadcast Schedule of the WIAA State Tournament
on www.theFinalScore.TV


Broadcast Schedule Friday, March 3

3:45pm- Lincoln vs. Bishop Blanchet – GIRLS
5:30pm- Snohomish vs. Mercer Island – GIRLS
7:15pm- Lincoln vs. Nathan Hale
9pm- West Seattle vs. Garfield

Broadcast Schedule Saturday, March 4

3:00pm- 3A Girls Championship
5:00pm- 3A Boys Championship
7:00pm- 4A Girls Championship
9pm- 4A Boys Championship

Complete Boys Schedule
Complete Girls Schedule


3A Broadcast Schedule- Thursday, March 2
All games are Live on theFinalScore.TV with a pre-game starting 10 mins before scheduled tip-off

GIRLS – Bishop Blanchet 58, Lynnwood 57 FINAL

GIRLS -Snohomish 53, Seattle Prep 36 FINAL

Lincoln 70 Seattle Prep 58 FINAL

Nathan Hale 86, Stanwood 63 FINAL

West Seattle 62, Wilson 54 FINAL

Garfield 59, Rainier Beach 58 FINAL

3A Broadcast Schedule- Wednesday, March 1
GIRLS – Lincoln 65, West Seattle 54 FINAL
Box Score

GIRLS – Seattle Prep 58, Bellevue 43 FINAL
Box Score

Seattle Prep 71, Timberline 53 FINAL
Box Score

Rainier Beach 69, Bellevue 38 FINAL

Complete Boys Schedule
Complete Girls Schedule

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Game Stats- 3/1/17
3A State Tournament


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Varsity Hoops Live
Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament
on www.theFinalScore.TV

Wednesday- March 1 2017 3A Girls Tournament
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 15 8 17 18 58
Bellevue 13 12 7 11 43

3A Seattle Prep Panthers
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
1 Angelina Usibelli 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
3 Hilary Lapke 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 1
5 Helen Sauvage 0-6 0-0 1-2 1 0 2 1
10 Claire Russell 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 1 0
14 SJ Brackett 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
15 Marie Hauck 2-8 0-0 3-7 10 2 2 7
22 Emily Petro 0-3 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 0
23 Lily Teders 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 2
30 Bea Franklin 7-13 1-2 8-9 7 2 2 23
42 Chinwe Ezeonu 12-18 0-1 0-0 9 2 5 24

3A Bellevue Wolverines
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
1 Kara Choi 2-7 1-3 1-2 3 3 1 6
3 Ellie Bryant 4-8 0-1 2-2 1 0 3 10
4 Annika Prins 2-11 1-4 3-4 0 2 3 8
10 Eva Richards 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 1 0
11 Kathryn Roberts 3-8 0-0 0-2 9 2 4 6
20 Olivia Norton 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0
21 Montana Jones 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2
22 Aubrey Baker 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
23 Ann-Marie Jacobs 4-14 1-4 0-0 1 0 5 9
24 Ali-Kate Jochums 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
32 Kate Parrish 1-1 0-0 0-0 5 0 5 2

Catch our Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament on theFinalScore.TV all week long.

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Game Stats- 3/1/17
3A State Tournament


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Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament
on www.theFinalScore.TV

Wednesday- March 1 2017 3A Girls Tournament
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
West Seattle 8 7 16 23 54
Lincoln 10 23 15 17 65

3A West Seattle Wildcats
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
2 Ellie Turk 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 4 0
3 Izzy Turk 3-7 3-6 0-0 3 0 0 9
4 Kelsey Lenzie 1-2 1-2 0-0 1 3 1 3
5 Rilcy Newsome 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
10 Jenna McPhee 3-7 2-4 1-2 1 1 5 9
11 Jasmine Gayles 5-10 0-0 3-3 7 3 1 13
20 Grace Sarver 6-10 1-3 3-9 5 0 2 16
21 Kathryn Anawalt 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0
32 Meghan Fiso 1-3 0-1 2-2 2 1 4 4
42 Lennae Starr 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0

3A Lincoln Abes
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
1 Faith Brantley 3-8 2-4 4-4 3 1 1 12
2 Zaniya Banks 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0
3 Nashoutae Frazier 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0
4 Azallee Johnson 1-2 0-0 1-2 3 0 0 3
5 Ashia Donahue 2-4 0-0 2-2 2 0 4 6
10 Jessica Salevao 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
11 Dashawnae Archibald 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 0
12 Kondalia Montgomery 6-15 0-0 1-1 7 2 3 13
20 Morticia Mc'Call 7-11 2-3 9-12 12 4 1 25
24 Sa'Naya McAfee 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
32 Sjontae Frazier 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2
33 Lisi Brooks 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
34 Shawndreia Brown 1-5 0-0 2-8 3 1 3 4

Catch our Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament on theFinalScore.TV all week long.

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Game Stats- 3/1/17
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Varsity Hoops Live
Live Broadcasts of Metro League Basketball
on www.theFinalScore.TV

Wednesday- March 1 2017 3A Boys Tournament
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 18 13 25 15 71
Timberline 7 14 19 13 53

3A Seattle Prep Panthers
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A PTS
2 Declan Kelly 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0
3 Kalu Stricklin 5-10 0-1 0-0 5 1 10
4 Nikola Trifunovic 2-3 1-2 0-0 1 0 5
5 Jaxon Woodward 1-5 0-0 0-0 5 2 2
10 Aaron Nettles 1-7 0-3 4-4 3 0 6
14 Colin Gale 4-5 0-0 1-2 3 0 9
20 Alexander Flor 2-4 0-0 1-2 4 0 5
40 Collin Welp 9-17 2-7 2-4 7 0 22
42 Nic Lynch 5-12 0-0 2-2 6 3 12

3A Timberline Blazers
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A PTS
1 Tariq Romain 3-8 0-1 6-8 1 2 12
2 Hunter Campau 3-11 3-8 3-4 2 2 12
3 Eli Morton 2-6 0-1 0-0 4 0 4
10 Erik Stevenson 4-12 1-3 0-0 2 2 9
12 Jamin Faalogo 2-7 0-0 2-2 5 1 6
13 Jaelen Bush 1-4 0-0 0-1 3 0 2
21 Isaac Thompson 2-2 0-0 0-0 3 0 4
22 Conner Warick 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2
23 Terran Melad 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 1
32 DeAnthony Wike 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
50 Mike Zaragoza 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 7 1

Catch our Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament on theFinalScore.TV all week long.

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Hale Clips Beach Second Straight Saturday

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Hale Clips Beach Second Straight Saturday
By Steve Dion

Saturday- February 25th 2017 Boys 3A Regionals
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rainier Beach 21 17 11 22 71
Nathan Hale 17 17 19 27 80

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Nathan Hale Senior Michael Porter Jr.

Déjà vu.

It was at this same gymnasium in Bellevue one week ago when the top ranked team in the country Nathan Hale defeat defend Rainier Beach by 4 points, its lowest margin of victory this historic season. That game determined the district championship. Tonight, the stakes were raised as a first-round bye in the state tournament next week was on the line in addition to a favorable route to championship Saturday. Could the Vikings stun the Raiders in their third meeting of the season?

Rainier Beach began its attempt to knock off undefeated Hale early as crafty guard Khalil Shabazz netted 15 first-half points to lead the Vikings in the first half. The highly touted Michael Porter Jr. recorded 14 of his own including some thrilling dunks and acrobatic jumpers. At the break, Beach led 38-34.

A staple of Hale’s success this season is their ability to execute in the second half and that’s exactly what they did in this contest. Porter continued to carry the load adding another 10 in the third frame as the Raiders gained the lead heading into the final quarter. In addition, P.J. Fuller ignited the crowd with a huge block and 16 massive points to go with it.

Much like last week’s matchup, Beach fought back with N’Keil Nelson attacking the cup to add to his scoring total which finished at 18. However, a late Porter triple served as the dagger which sealed the victory for Brandon Roy’s still undefeated Hale squad. They retain their top seed heading into the state tourney which sets them up nicely for a clear route to the championship game.

The Final Score
Nathan Hale 80, Rainier Beach 71

Top Performers:
Nathan Hale
Michael Porter Jr.- 39 points

Rainier Beach
Khalil Shabazz- 24 points

Nowell’s Second Half Explosion Silences Stanwood

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Nowell’s Second Half Explosion Silences Stanwood
By Steve Dion

Saturday- February 25th 2017 Boys 3A Regionals
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Stanwood 18 17 9 32 76
Garfield 17 14 26 26 83

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Garfield Senior Jaylen Nowell

In the final day of playoff hoops leading into the state tournament, second-seeded Garfield found themselves matched up with an always tough WesCo counterpart Stanwood. How would these strong programs hailing from different leagues perform against one another?

Stanwood showed they were ready to run with the Bulldogs as they found themselves outscoring their opponent in both of the opening quarters. Chase Strieby was opportunistic on his offensive trips and Quinton Borseth provided a massive boost from the bench. In fact, he ended up leading all Spartan scorers. Jaylen Nowell & J’Raan Brooks recorded modest first-half scoring figures, but below what they’ve shown they’re capable of. Could Stanwood hold off the talented Garfield squad for another two quarters and complete the upset?

Jaylen Nowell answered the question for them.

A 16 point outburst by the University of Washington bound senior leader recorded a sweet sixteen points in the third quarter as part of a game high 32 including an emphatic dunk in transition which dashed the Stanwood momentum that was built in the first half. Curtis Walker added himself into the mix with a handful of gritty buckets as he’s accustomed to.

AJ Martinka found his groove in the fourth quarter by netting 11 in the quarter as part of a 32 point frame by the Spartans, but it proved too late as Garfield held on to a 83-76 hard-fought win leading into tournament week in Tacoma.

The Final Score
Garfield 83, Stanwood 76

Top Performers:
Garfield
Jaylen Nowell- 32 points

Stanwood
Quinton Borseth- 20 points

West Seattle Chops Timberline in Regional Rout

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West Seattle Chops Timberline in Regional Rout
By Steve Dion

Saturday- February 25th 2017 Boys 3A Regionals
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Timberline 12 8 7 11 38
West Seattle 16 10 14 20 60

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West Seattle Senior Yusuf Mohamed

In the 1pm Saturday afternoon state tournament seeding regional matchup at Bellevue College, West Seattle squared off against Timberline with a first round bye at the Dome on the line.

A closely contested first quarter featured a showcase guard matchup between Nate Pryor & Tariq Romain with the pair matching a half dozen in the opening frame. As the half wore on, the Wildcats were able to create separation as Anthony Giomi made his presence felt by knocking down a pair of triples which marked the margin held by West Seattle at halftime.

The third quarter began with key fouls to West Seattle’s Yusuf & Abdul Mohamed which forced Keffrey Fazio to put in reserves for the majority of the third quarter. Unfortunately for Timberline, this opportunity to capitalize was not taken advantage of and they found themselves trailing by double digits heading into the fourth even with a strong effort by Blazers leading scoring Erik Stevenson entering double figures in the game.

Nate Pryor put a stamp on the contest in the final frame by netting five more points including a deep three en route to a game-high 21 as West Seattle’s Cinderella season continues next Thursday at the ‘Woodshed’ with the first-round bye earned with the win over the Blazers.

The Final Score
West Seattle 60, Timberline 38

Top Performers:
West Seattle
Nate Pryor- 21 points

Timberline
Erik Stevenson- 10 points

West Seattle Punches State Ticket with Resounding Regional Win

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West Seattle Punches State Ticket with Resounding Regional Win
By Steve Dion

Saturday- February 25th 2017 Girls 3A Regionals
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Edmonds-Woodway 4 7 20 10 41
West Seattle 20 11 13 19 63

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West Seattle Sophomore Jasmine Gayles

Bellevue College served as the site for a full day of Regional round basketball starting with a winner-to-state contest between the West Seattle Lady Wildcats & Edmonds-Woodway Warriors. Which team would earn its spot at the Dome next week?

The Metro League runner-up Wildcats used their trusted formula of tenacious defense leading to transition buckets from the opening tip including 11 first-half points by Jasmine Gayles who matched the Warriors first-half score. The lead progressively ballooned as the half wore on and by intermission, West Seattle found itself up by 20. Bailee Chynoweth provided a spark for Edmonds-Woodway, but she would need an explosive second half to propel her team back into the ballgame.

It didn’t take long for the second half to become a matter of clock management as the potent full-court attack of West Seattle continued to push the lead built in the first two quarters. Edmonds-Woodway increased its offensive output in the third frame with Ingrid Fosberg knocking down a pair from the perimeter, but the Wildcats matched Woodway bucket-for-bucket and the margin never reached a point of jeopardy. A total of eight Wildcats players scored in the ballgame which included a 14-2 run midway through the fourth quarter put the game on ice. With the win, West Seattle is T-Dome bound.

The Final Score
West Seattle 63, Edmonds-Woodway 41

Top Performers:
West Seattle
Jasmine Gayles- 17 points

Edmonds-Woodway
Bailee Chynoweth- 11 points

Nic Lynch Shines as Prep Rolls to State

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Nic Lynch Shines as Prep Rolls to State
By Steve Dion

Friday- February 24th 2017 Boys 3A Regionals
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Spanaway Lake 10 8 11 16 45
Seattle Prep 14 13 16 21 64

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Seattle Prep Junior Nic Lynch

Regionals weekend at Bellevue College tipped off with a matchup between Metro & South Puget Sound as the Seattle Prep Panthers & Spanaway Lake Sentinels squared off to determine their placement at the Tacoma Dome next week.

The big man tandem for the Panthers of Nic Lynch and Collin Welp played a pivotal role in the ball game as the pair nearly outscored Spanaway Lake in the first half; Sentinels 18, Prep bigs 15 after one quarter. Despite having a half dozen scorers in the first half for Spanaway Lake, there was not an explosive performance by any one in particular like Prep’s Lynch. An Alex Flor 3 at the halftime buzzer sent the Panthers into the locker room with a 27-18 lead.

As play continued, the crafty guard Aaron Nettles made his presence felt by burying three from downtown to extend the lead. Isaiah Turner carried the Sentinels on his shoulders down the stretch scoring a game-high 21, but it wasn’t enough as another Nic Lynch surge in the fourth put the ballgame on ice. With the win, Seattle Prep will return to the Tacoma Dome next week.

The Final Score
Seattle Prep 64, Spanaway Lake 45

Top Performers:
Seattle Prep
Nic Lynch- 21 points

Spanaway Lake
Isaiah Turner- 21 points

Seattle Prep Walks Tightrope to TDome

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Seattle Prep Walks Tightrope to TDome
By Steve Dion

Friday- February 24th 2017 Girls 3A Regionals
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Prairie 11 19 6 17 53
Seattle Prep 11 18 11 15 55

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Seattle Prep Senior Chinwe Ezeonu

The nightcap of Regional play at Bellevue College on Friday night featured Seattle Prep & Prairie. The winner would earn itself a berth to state championship weekend at the Tacoma Dome in the first week of March.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair with both teams firing from long range effectively. Brook Walling recorded 17 first half points for the Falcons including a four-pack from beyond the arc. Prep countered with 9 from senior leader Chinwe Ezeonu. After a thrilling first two quarters, the Greater St. Helens representative Prairie led by a single point 30-29.

When the teams returned from intermission, the game entered a lull that lasted throughout the third quarter and ultimately dictated the outcome. The Falcons were only able to string together a half dozen points in the frame and the Panthers capitalized by taking a lead entering the fourth and final quarter. In the closing minutes, Ezeonu took the game into her hands by netting tough buckets down low as part of her team-high 21. Prairie’s Jozie Tangeman countered with a strong fourth frame to keep her team within striking distance.

With under a minute to play, Bea Franklin connected on an off-hand scoop shot to put the Lady Panthers up four. The Falcons were able to cut the lead down to one possession, but a late steal by Prep was enough to kill the clock and send the Lady Panthers to the state championships next week.

The Final Score
Seattle Prep 55, Prairie 53

Top Performers:
Seattle Prep
Chinwe Ezeonu- 21 points

Prairie
Brook Walling- 23 points

Hale Survives Late Scare, Wins SeaKing District

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Hale Survives Late Scare, Wins SeaKing District
By Colin Caruso

Saturday- February 18th 2017 Boys 3A SeaKing Final
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rainier Beach 11 20 25 28 84
Nathan Hale 14 32 16 26 88

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Jorell Saterfield & Michael Porter Jr.

In a packed Bellevue College gymnasium, with the SeaKing crown at stake, the #1 in the nation Nathan Hale Raiders faced off against the defending state champion Rainier Beach Vikings. The gym was electric to start the contest, but the play on the court didn’t match the fans anticipation until much later in the game. A slow first quarter progressed into a 3-point shooting contest in the second, where Nathan Hale scored an astounding 32 points in 8 minutes. Rainier Beach did what they could to stick with the high octane Raiders, but Hale extended their lead to 46-31 at the break.

The gym knew that Rainier Beach and coach Mike Bethea would have tricks up their sleeve in the second half to get back in the game. The first half Vikings looked passive, comfortable with taking down the shot clock and attempting deep contested shots. The second half Vikings couldn’t have been more of the opposite. Relentless attacks to the paint by Kevin Porter and N’Keil Nelson brought the mighty Vikings back into the game.

With just 4 minutes remaining on the clock, the Rainier Beach Vikings had tied the game, 69-69, the only tie since 0-0 at tip off. But Nathan Hale answered with a 14-4 run, capped by easy transition layups that left coach Bethea with his head in his hands. Coach Brandon Roy and the incredible Porter brothers, led by Michael Porter Jr. with 44 points on the night, capped off an amazing victory to win the SeaKing district. Now they are on to state, where Nathan Hale could go for their third title in as many weeks, but this one more sweet than the rest.

The Final Score
Nathan Hale 88, Rainier Beach 84

Top Performers:
Nathan Hale
Michael Porter Jr.- 44 points

Rainier Beach
Kevin Porter Jr.- 34 points

Porter Steers Hale Past Pryor-Led West Seattle in District Semis

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Porter Steers Hale Past Pryor-Led West Seattle in District Semis
By Steve Dion

Thursday- February 16th 2017 Boys 3A SeaKing
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
West Seattle 10 16 15 11 52
Nathan Hale 16 13 15 18 62

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Nathan Hale Senior Michael Porter Jr.

It was eight days ago that top-ranked team in the country Nathan Hale faced one of its stiffest tests of their historic season; a Metro League semifinal matchup with West Seattle at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Wildcats had another opportunity to make a run at the Brandon Roy-led juggernaut again in the district semis Thursday night.

There were many similarities to the game last week evident early on as the Wildcats were able to keep the Raiders within arms length at all times. Senior leaders Michael Porter Jr. & Nate Pryor led their ballclubs with one razzle-dazzle play after another igniting the crowd ever more. Porter demonstrated his highlight-reel ability with some thunderous dunks in the first half. Pryor sent Westside into the locker room with a dose of momentum by burying a half-court shot at the second quarter buzzer.

The third quarter was a blow-for-blow eight minutes where Pryor continued to rack up several of his team-high 31 points on increasingly difficult shots. Westside even attained a lead late in the third frame. However, eight minutes is a lifetime against the likes of the Raiders. Like the recent matchup, Hale closed strong with some clutch Porter field goals and a highlight PJ Fuller dunk that zapped the remaining momentum the Wildcats built. Despite the valiant effort, Hale maintained their perfect record heading into the district final against Rainier Beach set to take place Saturday night.

The Final Score
Nathan Hale 62, West Seattle 52

Top Performers:
Nathan Hale
Michael Porter Jr.- 34 points

West Seattle
Nate Pryor- 31 points