Roy’s Raiders Remain Undefeated, Edge Alma Mater Garfield

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Roy’s Raiders Remain Undefeated, Edge Alma Mater Garfield
By Steve Dion

Tuesday- January 27th 2017 Boys 3A Metro
Garfield High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Nathan Hale 11 23 19 16 69
Garfield 17 14 13 21 65

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Nathan Hale Senior Michael Porter Jr.

This was the game we’ve all waited patiently for.

The top-ranked team in the country Nathan Hale led by Coach Brandon Roy returning to his old stomping ground…the place where he played high school hoops…to take on the Garfield Bulldogs in front of a national television audience.

Washington’s top two teams met in the Les Schwab Invitational on December 29th with Nathan Hale winning in convincing fashion 87-64 en route to winning the tournament.

Could Hale keep their perfect record intact and retain their position as the best in the country?

Garfield quickly showed they were ready for the challenge as the home team jumped out to an early lead thanks to quick buckets by senior leader Jaylen Nowell. The poise shown by the Bulldogs served them well and allowed for a six point lead after one quarter.

Hale bounced back with a strong second quarter where Michael Porter Jr. started to heat up scoring 9 and sharpshooter Freddy Brown III netting 8. The momentum shift gave the Raiders and 8 point lead at the break.

When play resumed, the points were at a premium and Garfield found themselves in a precarious position heading into the final eight minutes. Haskins was able to rally the troops and give the home team a legitimate shot to stay competitive until the final whistle.

With the clock Hale’s friend after another scoring spree by Porter Jr., Garfield was trailing by double digits with less than 3 to play. Nowell struck back with a 7 point run to cut the lead down to two possessions to get the gym rocking again. On the ensuing critical possession, Porter took the air out of the building with a turnaround fadeaway jumper which was promptly followed by Nowell’s fifth foul to put the game on ice.

Coach Roy was able to guide his team to executing the final moments of the game and walked away with yet another statement victory to a season that continues to unfold as one of the greatest in state history.

Nathan Hale leads the season series 2-0, but don’t count on tonight’s game as the last time these two teams tussle!

The Final Score
Nathan Hale 69, Garfield 65.

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

Garfield
Jaylen Nowell- 20 points

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Metro League Semifinals move to Alaska Airlines Arena at UW

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2017 Metro League Tournament just got Bigger!

ANNOUNCEMENT

The Metro League announced their plans to move their semifinal basketball match-ups to Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday, February 8th.  The Boys and Girls final four teams will go head-to-head as part of the Metro League Tournament.

Former Garfield Bulldog and current Nathan Hale coach, Brandon Roy, was interviewed by KJR personalities Mitch Levy and Dick Fain about the Raiders upcoming game against his Alma Mater Garfield this Friday Night at Garfield High School.

This battle of #1 Nathan Hale vs. #2 Garfield has received unprecedented coverage and includes live broadcasts on both ESPNU-TV and Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM. This is the first game televised Live from Garfield High School since Roy was a senior for Garfield back in 2002.

Mitch and Dick of Sports Radio KJR then broke the news that the Metro League Playoffs will move its semifinal games to Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday, February 8th.  This will allow all fans an opportunity to see in person what experts are saying is the toughest league in Washington state history, if not the toughest league in the country.


“Metro Athletics represents quality student athletes from public and private schools in all sports,” stated Eric McCurdy, Executive Director of Athletics of Seattle Schools. “We are proud to have Varsity Hoops Live and theFinalScore.TV produce this event as they continue to positively impact high school students through events and programs on and off the court.”



Game and Broadcast Schedule

2017 Metro League Tournament Semifinals schedule of events:

• Winner #6 Metro vs #3 Metro Play-in vs. Metro #2 seed – Girls 3:30pm*
• Winner #5 Seattle Prep vs #4 West Seattle Play-in vs. Nathan Hale – Boys 5:30pm*
• Winner #5 Metro vs #4 Metro Play-in vs. Bishop Blanchet – Girls 7:00pm*
• Winner #6 Metro vs #3 Rainier Beach Play-in vs. Garfield – Boys 8:30pm**

* Varsity Hoops Live Broadcast on www.theFinalScore.TV
** Varsity Hoops Live Broadcast on Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM

The event has several media partners including Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM, POWER 93.3-FM and www.theFinalScore.TV.

All games will be carried via a live audio broadcast over the internet or on radio.

“Our hope is to celebrate great teams in a great venue. We look to showcase amazing high school students on and off the court throughout the day! We are excited to produce the event while broadcasting the games live over the web,” stated Randy Novak, President of ZUMA Media.

 

Ticket Information

Tickets are available for general admission seating and good for all four games. Tickets will be available the day of the event ONLY beginning at 3:00pm at the HUSKY STADIUM Box Office located on the westside of the Stadium.

Once fans enter Alaska Airlines Arena for the event, they can stay for all four games. However, they will not be able to re-enter the event if they leave. Ticket prices are as folllows:

Adults/students without ASB: $10
Students with ASB: $ 7
Kids K-8: $ 5
Seniors 62yrs +: $ 5

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Knight Leads Lakeside in Neighborhood Battle with Rams

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Knight Leads Lakeside in Neighborhood Battle with Rams
By Steve Dion

Tuesday- January 24th 2017 Boys 3A Metro
Lakeside High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Ingraham 12 5 3 20 40
Lakeside 6 12 19 25 62

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Tuesday night at Lakeside HS was a neighborhood affair with nearby Ingraham in the building for Metro League action.

The visiting Rams took advantage of their length in the defensive side of the floor early as Saxen Mitchell gave the Lions a big challenge in the paint. Mason Lyng drained a three at the first quarter buzzer to give his team a half-dozen lead after one.

However, the Lions responded with a strong second quarter by Max Knight who helped his team take a one point lead in the break 18-17.

Lakeside took control in the third quarter and never looked back. They outscored the Rams 19 to 3 heading into the final quarter thanks to contributions from Knight and sophomore Robert Breyer.

Despite a valiant effort to climb back in the ballgame from Ben Sutton who scored 9 tough points in the fourth frame, it wasn’t enough to cut into the Lakeside lead. When the dust settled, the home Lions walked away victorious.

The Final Score
Lakeside 62, Ingraham 40.

Top Performers:
Lakeside
Max Knight- 20 points

Ingraham
Ben Sutton- 15 points

Rainier Beach’s Balance Enough to Prevail Over Prep

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Rainier Beach’s Balance Enough to Prevail Over Prep
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 20th 2017 Boys 3A Metro
Rainier Beach High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Preparatory 8 9 16 24 57
Rainier Beach 13 15 16 24 68

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Rainier Beach Junior Fred Roberson

Rainier Beach whose quest to defend their state title was met with another tough challenge on Friday night against Seattle Prep. Each team plenty of motivation for league placement to battle for the win on the line.

The guard matchup of Khalil Shabazz for Beach and Aaron Nettles of Prep was front and center in this game with Shabazz getting the upper hand early logging 14 points in the first half many of which a result of attacking the cup. Additionally, Tijohn Rodde and Fred Roberson made their presence felt on both ends of the floor helping their Viks squad take a double digit lead into the break.

The Prep Panthers returned to the floor eager to shave the Beach lead and put the ball in Nettles’ hands to make it happen. The senior point guard recorded 15 fourth quarter points for a game-high 22 and was joined by Kalu Stricklin in the second half rally.

Unfortunately, their hopes were dashed when Kevin Porter Jr. who was managing foul trouble throughout the contest connected on some pivotal possessions down the stretch to put the game out of reach.

The Final Score
Rainier Beach 68, Seattle Preparatory 57.

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
Fred Roberson- 14 points

Seattle Preparatory
Aaron Nettles- 22 points

Rainier Beach Lady Viks Survive Prep Rally

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Rainier Beach Lady Viks Survive Prep Rally
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 20th 2017 Girls 3A Metro
Rainier Beach High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Preparatory 9 18 9 16 52
Rainier Beach 15 25 9 6 55

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Rainier Beach Junior Grace Williams

Friday night at Rainier Beach served as the site of a crucial Metro League contest for the host Lady Viks and Seattle Prep Panthers who are amidst a logjam in the league standings.

Beach jumped out front early and were able to hold the lead for the duration of the contest. Grace Williams put together a tremendous first half logging 18 of her game high 20 in the first two quarters. Additionally, NiRae Petty & Dalaylah Daniels set the tone on defense containing Prep’s interior attack. Could the Panthers surmount a double digit lead in the second half.

Prep head coach Michelle Hall said before the game her team is recovering from a bug that hit several players and it seemed to subside in the second half as they chipped away at the Vikings lead gradually. Lone senior Chinwe Ezeonu knocked down some tough buckets in key moments and also was helped by Marie Hauck & Bea Franklin who also scored in double figures.

In the final minute, Rainier Beach’s lead was cut down to a single possession, but a desperation three-point shot on Prep’s final possession missed the mark and Beach held on for a close win.

The Final Score
Rainier Beach 55, Seattle Preparatory 52.

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
Grace Williams- 20 points

Seattle Preparatory
Marie Hauck- 15 points

3A State Rankings
Basketball

WASHINGTON STATE RANKINGS – January 17, 2017

 

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3A LIVE 5!
# School
1 Nathan Hale
2 Garfield
3 Rainier Beach
4 Lincoln
5 West Seattle


3A IN THE HUNT
# School
6 Seattle Preparatory
7 Shorecrest
8 Stanwood
9 Cleveland
10 Shadle Park

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3A LIVE 5!
# School
1 Blanchet
2 Kamiakin
3 Lincoln
4 Seattle Preparatory
5 Garfield


3A IN THE HUNT
# School
6 Stanwood
7 Bellevue
8 Snohomish
9 Shorewood
10 Gig Harbor

Roosevelt Sinks Ballard in Crosstown Rivalry Rematch

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Roosevelt Sinks Ballard in Crosstown Rivalry Rematch
By Steve Dion

Tuesday- January 17th 2017 Boys 3A Metro
Ballard High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Roosevelt 15 13 10 15 53
Ballard 5 16 15 14 50

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Roosevelt Junior Asaph Brumer

Rivalry night at Ballard HS featured the host Beavers and visiting Roosevelt Rough Riders. These teams are both fighting to maintain their position in the thick of the Metro League standings.

Roosevelt’s precision offense was firing on all cylinders in the early stages of the game working the ball to their number of scoring options including Nick Blume who knocked down eight quick points of his game-high 21. Additionally, the Riders were able to hold the Beavs to only 5 first quarter points.

As the first half wore on, Fresh Ausur ignited Ballard who were on a mission to play catch up throughout the ballgame. Ausur attacked the bucket and was able to convert at will. Roosevelt still maintained a healthy lead heading into the second half.

When play resumed, Ballard’s comeback continued with Sam Heikell showing his range with four from downtown in the game in addition to more Ausur stepping up.

However, as the clock wound down, Roosevelt relied on its senior leaders Thomas Doyle and Clayton Moore to knock down the big shots to seal the deal for the green and gold.

The Final Score
Roosevelt 53, Ballard 48.

Top Performers:
Roosevelt
Nick Blume- 21 points

Ballard
Fresh Ausur- 17 points

West Seattle, Cleveland Prevail in Unity Hoops Showcase

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West Seattle, Cleveland Prevail in Unity Hoops Showcase
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 13th 2017 Boys 3A 5pm
Garfield High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
West Seattle 15 14 6 18 53
Eastside Catholic 8 7 17 12 44
Friday- January 13th 2017 Boys 3A 7pm
Garfield High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Cleveland 10 18 14 22 6 70
Franklin 16 11 18 19 4 68

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Cleveland & Franklin Battling For the Rebound at the End of Regulation

The 4th Annual Unity Hoops Showcase at Garfield High School featured a Metro League doubleheader starting with West Seattle taking on Eastside Catholic & the nightcap between Cleveland & Franklin.

West Seattle’s commitment to their gameplan which emphasized defensive intensity and precision offensive execution carried them to a sizable lead in the first half. The Wildcats kept Crusader sharpshooter Brock Mackenzie at bay while Yusuf Mohamed put his versatile scoring ability logging 10 of his game-high 16 in the first half.

Eastside Catholic stormed back in the third frame thanks Noah Springborn finding a groove from beyond the arc. Only leading by three heading into the final quarter, West Seattle relied on their trusty senior Nate Pryor to carry them to the finish line to the tune of a 53-44 victory.

Game two matched the Cleveland Eagles & Franklin Quakers both eager to pick up a crucial league win. The tandem of Marquan Williams and Maurice Bennett was hot out of the gates with electrifying ball handling by Williams and thunderous dunks by “Mo Buckets”. Cleveland relied on their leader C.J. Elleby to lead the charge including a pair of triples in the final moments of the first half to give the Eagles a one point leading heading into halftime.

The pace of play shifted into overdrive in the third quarter with the pace ramping up into the final frame of regulation which saw the Franklin guards attacking the rim with reckless abandon and the Eagles countering with transition buckets in bunches. Cleveland led by a pair in the final seconds of regulation. After coming up with the defensive rebound, instead of waiting to be fouled, they turned the ball over to Franklin in which Cejay Garrison Jr. was able to capitalize with a clutch bucket to tie the game and send the game into OT.

A pair of back-to-back buckets early in the extra period gave Cleveland the needed lift to come away with the win against a tough Quakers squad. This game was an appropriate ending to a great night of high school hoops at Garfield High School.

The Final Score
West Seattle 53, Eastside Catholic 44
Cleveland 70, Franklin 68

Top Performers:
West Seattle
Yusuf Mohamed- 16 points

Cleveland
C.J. Elleby- 33 points

Statement Win for Nathan Hale Over Oak Hill Academy


Statement Win for Nathan Hale Over Oak Hill Academy
By Nic Beckman

Monday- January 16th 2017 Boys 3A Hoophall Classic
Springfield College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Oak Hill Academy (VA) 19 19 17 22 77
Nathan Hale 17 26 20 17 80

The #8 team in the country travelled to Springfield, Massachusetts on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr holiday to play in the Spalding Hoophall Classic against perennial high school powerhouse Oak Hill Academy out of Virginia, ranked #7 this year. Michael Porter Jr after sitting out their game on Friday in their metro league game against Bishop Blanchet, that the Raiders won 83-48, came out ready to play! The undefeated Raiders played with confidence and energy and didn’t let the loaded Oak Hill Academy squad led by McDonald’s All American Billy Preston intimidate them. Senior Michael Porter Jr and his junior brother Jontay Porter got the first 8 points for Hale, 4 apiece to get an early lead over Oak Hill. But the very talented Oak Hill team rallied to get up by 6 at 14-8 halfway though the first. The back an forth action had Oak Hill up by two after one 19-17.

The transition game sparked Brandon Roy’s Raiders in the second period after Oak Hill opened on an 8-4 run extending their lead to 6 at 27-21. The Porter brothers hit back to back threes and Sophomore PJ Fuller with a right hand tomahawk jam on a Keegan Crosby lob in transition, then a pull up three on the next trip cut the lead to 2 at 34-32 with just over three minutes in the half. Tied at 34 with 2:58 left, the Raiders closed the half on an 9-4 run of their own and went into the locker room up five, 43-38. Michael Porter Jr tallied 20 first half points on 8-14 field goal attempts.

The second half was much of the same great basketball with contributions from Jontay Porter, PJ Fuller and Fred Brown III, tied at 51 with just under 4 minutes played in the third, Michael Porter Jr hit his third 3 (3-6 3’s) and a goal tend by Oak Hill had the Raiders back up by 5. As the clock ran out in the 3rd, PJ Fuller with a launch from the free throw line in back court, hit nothing but net and the 80 foot bomb put Nathan Hale up 63-55 heading into the final period. Fred Brown III deep three from the right corner gave Nathan Hale their largest lead of the game in the fourth quarter at 72-62.

The very talented Oak Hill team would battle back, getting the game within a single possession, behind the leadership of Lindell Wigginton who would finish with 22. Three other players getting double digit performances Billy Preston with 17, Matt Coleman and Ty-shon Alexander each with 15. But that wasn’t enough to overcome the Raiders. Michael Porter Jr. making a statement for the #1 player in the nation overall, finished with 36 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Sophomore PJ Fuller finished with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal and Junior Jontay Porter got 13 points to go with 7 rebounds, 4 blocks and a steal. Nathan Hale with a fantastic effort from start to finish would hold on to win as a last second desperation three for the tie hit the front of the rim as the buzzer sounded. The Raiders remain undefeated with the 80-77 win over Oak Hill Academy on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr holiday.

The Final Score
Nathan Hale 80, Oak Hill Academy (VA) 77.

Top Performers:
Nathan Hale
Michael Porter Jr.- 36 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals
P.J. Fuller- 17 points, 4 rebounds
Jontay Porter- 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks

Lady Bulldogs Edge Rainier Beach in Pivotal League Win

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Lady Bulldogs Edge Rainier Beach in Pivotal League Win
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 13th 2017 Girls 3A Metro
Garfield High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rainier Beach 15 8 20 16 59
Garfield 9 22 11 20 62

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Garfield Sophomore Samaiyah Tolliver

A packed Garfield gym for a Friday night hoops quadruple-header featured a crucial varsity girls league matchup between the host Lady Bulldogs and visiting Rainier Beach Vikings. After a tough loss to West Seattle last Friday night, Garfield was hungry for the opportunity to pick up a big win against a top team jockeying for league position. The ever-improving Viks were ready for the challenge.

Beach took the early lead in the first frame with NiRae Petty leading the charge who led all scorers with 23 points. Talented freshman for the Vikings Dalayah Daniels was guarded tightly by the Bulldogs defense and earned all 10 points she recorded. After falling behind early, Garfield put together a high-octane second quarter which was sparked by Tamia Mobley. Also in the mix was guard Juanita Agosto whose athleticism was on display on the glass grabbing 10 rebounds. At the break, the Bulldogs leapfrogged Beach to a 31-23 lead.

Rainier Beach composed themselves at halftime and emerged in the second half poised to make a comeback. Xerina Walker was a critical component to a run in which the Vikings regained the lead heading into the final quarter.

Samaiyah Tolliver took the ballgame into her hands in the fourth quarter leading the charge for the home team knocking down tough buckets in the paint and showing her range. Coach Adams has emphasized the importance of making “game-winning plays” this season and how the ability to execute late in ballgames will hinge on his team’s success. Tolliver’s clutch plays allowed Garfield to pick up a pivotal victory to give them sole possession of fourth place in the league standings.

The Final Score
Garfield 62, Rainier Beach 59.

Top Performers:
Garfield
Samaiyah Tolliver- 18 points

Rainier Beach
NiRae Petty- 23 points

Garfield Storms Back in Second Half to Knock Off Beach

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Garfield Storms Back in Second Half to Knock Off Beach
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 13th 2017 Boys 3A Metro
Garfield High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rainier Beach 16 20 15 9 60
Garfield 8 12 26 18 64

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Garfield Senior Jaylen Nowell

There is no question that excitement is building about Metro League hoops as the season rolls on.

A capacity crowd at Garfield High School arrived hours before the much anticipated varsity boys matchup between Rainier Beach & the host Bulldogs. A critical league win which would figure strongly into playoff seeding was on the line for two of the top teams in the state.

Coach Bethea’s Vikings were ready to tackle the challenge head on as his team jumped out to a sizeable lead in the first two quarters. Khalil Shabazz’s jumper was lights out by logging 13 of his team high 19 points in the first half. Additionally, the Beach defense locked down the several lethal scoring options for the Bulldogs only allowing 20 first-half points, a tremendous effort by the defending champs. N’Keil Nelson was unfazed by the big stage of the game making big plays on both sides of the floor. Garfield senior leader Jaylen Nowell had a quiet first half, could the Viks continue to limit the Bulldog star’s productivity in the final two quarters?

The proverbial light switch flipped on for the home team in the third quarter as the Rainier Beach lead shrunk from sixteen to five heading into the final frame. Much of this was due to Nowell finding his groove logging 13 in the third frame. Could they carry the newly-found momentum into the final quarter?

Much like last Friday’s game against West Seattle, Garfield got a lift from Curtis Walker who knocked down a few crucial buckets in the closing minutes to grab the lead and send the home crowd into a frenzy. Daejon Davis played a big role especially in the defensive side of the floor to set up the key baskets down the stretch. Rainier Beach’s inability to match the Bulldogs in the final minute allowed the Garfield lead to reach four with mere seconds remaining. An errant last shot sailed wide and the home team was greeted by the Dog Pound on the court after surmounting a 16 point halftime lead!

This rivalry matchup served as a reminder that the spotlight on high school hoops in Seattle continues to shine brighter as league play heats up and the playoffs on the horizon!

The Final Score
Garfield 64, Rainier Beach 60.

Top Performers:
Garfield
Jaylen Nowell- 25 points

Rainier Beach
Khalil Shabazz- 19 points

Balanced Beach Attack Sinks Tough Battle Against Cru

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Balanced Beach Attack Sinks Tough Battle Against Cru
By Steve Dion

Monday- January 9th 2017 Boys 3A Metro
Rainier Beach High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eastside Catholic 22 9 11 22 66
Rainier Beach 18 19 12 22 71

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Rainier Beach Senior N’Keil Nelson

In a rare Monday night game in the Metro League, Rainier Beach hosted the Eastside Catholic Crusaders for to make up their regularly scheduled matchup that was postponed earlier this season. Given the current standings with Beach keeping pace at the top and the Cru jockeying for position in the middle of the pack, the stakes were high for this league clash.

The first quarter belonged to the Crusaders, specifically junior Brock Mackenzie who knocked down a flurry of buckets totaling 15 points in the first eight minutes. He would go on to lead all scorers with 28. Jorell Saterfield & N’Keil Nelson led the charge for the Viks in the first half logging eight apiece many of which set up nicely by Kevin Porter Jr. The home team led by 4 at the break.

As the second half progressed, it reached a critical moment when Porter was charged with his fourth personal foul. Could Eastside Catholic rally with the Beach star benched? O’landa Baker answered the call with a spree of slash and dash trips to the cup to give the Crusaders a chance down the stretch.

As the game reached the balance, Nelson took over as he’s done so many times and knocked down the tough buckets while the Crusaders came up empty on a few crucial possessions. The Vikings start their three game week on a good note as they will take on the Lakeside Lions tomorrow and then get set for a mammoth battle on Friday against Garfield.

The Final Score
Rainier Beach 71, Eastside Catholic 66.

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
N’Keil Nelson- 19 points

Eastside Catholic
Brock Mackenzie- 28 points

Garfield Fends Off Wildcats, Passes Tough Road Test

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Garfield Fends Off Wildcats, Passes Tough Road Test
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 6th 2017 Boys 3A Metro
West Seattle High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Garfield 16 9 14 16 55
West Seattle 6 17 9 18 50

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Garfield Junior Eddie Turner

Fresh off their trip to the Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon last week, the Garfield Bulldogs took a short tour across the Spokane Street bridge to West Seattle to take on a sneaky West Seattle squad. Without star guard Jaylen Nowell, the Bulldogs were certain to have their hands full to pick up the road win.

Points were at a premium in this game for a pair of teams that typically register high scoring totals. The post presence of J’Raan Brooks was felt early as the junior for Garfield reached double digit in the points column before the break. Meanwhile, Nate Pryor shouldered the load for the home team by scoring 14 of his team’s 23 before the break.

When play resumed, Garfield was able to establish some breathing room thanks to a handful of heady plays by the crafty Curtis Walker who finished with 11 of his 15 in the second half. West Seattle was able to incorporate more weapons on offense like Abdullah Mohamed, Anthony Giomi, and Simon Harris, but Garfield held its ground and was able to retain its lead and keep pace at the top of the Metro League standings.

The Final Score
Garfield 55, West Seattle 50

Top Performers:
Garfield
J’raan Brooks- 16 points

West Seattle
Nate Pryor- 21 points

West Seattle Escapes Lady Bulldog Rally

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West Seattle Escapes Lady Bulldog Rally
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 6th 2017 Girls 3A Metro
West Seattle High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Garfield 15 14 12 17 58
West Seattle 17 17 15 13 62

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West Seattle Sophomore Jenna McPhee

Two teams jockeying for position near the top of the Metro League standings met at West Seattle HS on Friday night as the host Wildcats welcomed the Garfield Lady Bulldogs. A critical victory was on the line as the sprint to the playoffs has begun.

Defensive intensity defined the course of this game with as Garfield utilized a full-court press throughout and West Seattle was opportunistic in their zone. Samaiyah Tolliver of Garfield and West Seattle’s Meghan Fiso led their teams in the first half with 9 and 15 points respectively in a close contest with several lead changes. As Bulldogs coach Lee Adams pointed out in our pregame interview, execution down the stretch and the ability to make game winning plays is critical.

As the third quarter progressed, West Seattle jumped out front and the depth on the roster Darnell Taylor pointed out was becoming more evident. Jasmine Gayles started to impose her will by attacking the basket and growing the WS lead.

Garfield rallied in the fourth behind the leadership of Juanita Agosto who was able to connect on some crucial runners in the paint. In the waning moments, Jenna McPhee saved her best for last on a backbreaking bucket, her first of the game, that propelled the home team to a victory.

The Final Score
West Seattle 62, Garfield 58.

Top Performers:
West Seattle
Meghan Fiso- 18 points

Garfield
Juanita Agosto- 25 points

Beach comes Roaring back after the Holiday Break

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Beach comes Roaring back after the Holiday Break
By Staff

Tuesday- January 3rd 2017 Boys 3A Metro
Blanchet High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rainier Beach 28 9 12 29 78
Bishop Blanchet 8 11 10 17 46

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Rainier Beach Junior Nehemie Kabeya rings in the New Year

Mike Bethea and the Rainier Beach Vikings were hungry to get back to league play after the holiday break. The Vikings jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back against the Bishop Blanchet Braves.

Beach took the energy out of the crowd early and played a conservative game after the first frame. Bethea used this game as a teachable moment and had the chance to give each of his players some meaningful minutes on the court. The Braves never gave up but the Vikings had full control of the game from the outset.

Rainier Beach junior Kevin Porter led all scorers with 29. He hit from everywhere on the court as he dropped in 4 three pointers. Fred Roberson also finished with a strong 17 on the night.

The Beach will host cross town rivals Franklin Friday Night starting at 8:30pm. Be sure to get to the gym early for this high energy match-up between the Quakers and Vikings.

The Final Score
Rainier Beach 78, Bishop Blanchet 46.

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
Kevin Porter, Jr. – 29 points
Fred Roberson – 17 points
Khalil Shabazz – 9 points

Bishop Blanchet
Maui Sze- 15 points

Porter Drops 52 in O’Dea Rout

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Porter Drops 52 in O’Dea Rout
By Steve Dion

Tuesday- January 3rd 2017 Boys 3A Metro
O'Dea High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
O'Dea 11 22 15 20 68
Nathan Hale 31 26 38 15 110

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Nathan Hale Senior Michael Porter Jr.

Fresh off their Les Schwab Invitational championship, top-ranked Nathan Hale returned to league play in 2017 to take on O’Dea. The packed gymnasium was brimming with anticipation to see the high-flying Raiders take on the reigning state runner-up.

In the opening moments, PJ Fuller started the high-scoring affair with a quick 7 points as part of a 31 point first quarter. The tenacious Hale defense matched their unstoppable attack forcing turnovers and setting up Michael Porter with some high-flying slams and pinpoint shooting. The 6’9 senior logged an impressive 52 points and 15 rebounds in the contest.

O’Dea battled until the final whistle despite being down big early on including strong efforts by talented sophomore Noah Williams who scored 28 tough points and Xavier Smith who tallied 21 in the game. When the dust settled, Hale rang in the new year with a dominant 42 point win.

The Final Score
Nathan Hale 110, O’Dea 68.

Top Performers:
Nathan Hale
Michael Porter Jr.- 52 points, 15 rebounds

O’Dea
Noah Williams- 28 points

Wilson Survives Franklin Rally in Tournament of Champions Semifinal Game

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Wilson Survives Franklin Rally in Tournament of Champions Semi
By Steve Dion

Thursday- December 29th 2016 Boys Semifinal Tournament of Champions
Franklin High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Franklin 19 14 34 15 82
Wilson 24 20 19 22 85

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Wilson Junior Emmitt Matthews Jr.

In a classic battle of Tacoma & Seattle, Wilson travelled north to Franklin to take on the Quakers on their home floor in the Tournament of Champions semi matchup with a final against Cleveland on the line.

Anthony Stokes jumped out of the game red-hot from beyond the arc knocking down five triples in the first half prompting a Quaker timeout. Emmitt Matthews Jr. joined the fun by attacking the rim using his length in the pain on offense and defense.

Crafty point guard Marquan Williams kept Franklin within striking distance by scoring in a variety of ways and dishing the ball to his teammates. At the break, the Rams held a double-digit lead at 44-33.

As the second half progressed, the Quakers started finding their groove from the perimeter knocking down 11 from the Space Needle to not only even the score, but take the lead in the closing moments. However, Dave Alwert was able to rally his troops and guide Wilson to make the necessary plays down the stretch to survive by three points, which was nearly eclipsed on a desperation flurry of Franklin heaves. The Wilson Rams punched their ticket to the Tournament of Champions final in an unorthodox way, but ultimately accomplished the goal.

The Final Score
Wilson 85, Franklin 82.

Top Performers:
Wilson
Anthony Stokes- 24 points

Franklin
Marquan Williams- 29 points

Cleveland Cruises Past Plainsmen in Semifinal Round

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Cleveland Cruises Past Plainsmen in Semifinal Round
By Steve Dion

Thursday- December 29th 2016 Boys Tournament of Champions Semifinal
Franklin High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Evergreen (Vancouver) 6 31 7 22 66
Cleveland 24 22 26 12 84

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Cleveland Junior Jahleel Breland

The defending Tournament of Champions champs Cleveland stood one game away from reaching the final round again with the Evergreen Plainsmen. The Eagles jumped out to a sizeable lead in the first half through opportunistic executing from airtight defense.

CJ Elleby and Fahad Sharif led the charge with 17 and 12 first half points respectively. However, the Plainsmen were able to cut the deficit before the break with Trey Ratcliff attacking the basket and willing his team to with 14 of a 31 point second quarter.

When play resumed, Cleveland found their groove again and put the ballgame out of reach heading into the final frame. Philip White and Jahleel Breland joined the scoring spree in the second half as the Eagles rolled to a 84-66 win. Can Jerry Petty lead his squad to back-to-back tournament wins?

The Final Score
Cleveland 84, Evergreen (Vancouver) 66.

Top Performers:
Cleveland
C.J. Elleby- 23 points

Evergreen (Vancouver)
Trey Ratcliff- 16 points