Enumclaw Survives in Triple Overtime Tilt with Seattle Academy By Steve Dion
Monday- December 28th
Kennedy High School
Enumclaw senior Scotty Garvin
A Monday matinee in the 2015 Sterling Shootout paired the Enumclaw Hornets and Seattle Academy Cardinals in the consolation bracket. The matchup of the Hornets size advantage from two perspectives; height and roster size against the shifty Cardinals guards was a fun battle to watch. The combination of EHS forwards Justus Rainwater, Scotty Garvin, and Josh Erickson made a significant impact early as the trio was active on the glass. Seattle Academy’s sluggish start was compounded with intentional and technical fouls which added to the Hornet lead at the charity stripe. The Cards used this to fuel a rally to close the gap before halftime in which the margin was cut to three on a triple by Ian McManus.
Marcus Austin started to fire from downtown and the sophomore guard heated up to the tune of five buckets from behind the arc in the third and fourth quarter combined. Enumclaw countered with the emergence of Kaden Anderson late in the ballgame. The sophomore combo guard recorded eight fourth quarter points as part of a team-high 24. The yo-yo game down the stretch wound up deadlocked at 51-51 with 1:23 remaining in the fourth. Neither team scored for the remainder of regulation and we headed to overtime. Marcus Austin struck again in extra time with an early bucket and one as the top Cardinal scorer gave SA early momentum. Anderson responded on the other end by racking up several points in the key. We headed to a second OT. Seattle Academy appeared to have the win in hand leading by three with mere seconds remaining. However, a made free throw by Kaden Anderson followed by a miss, rebound by Rainwater, and putback tied the score and pushed the game to a third OT! The back and forth affair continued until Scotty Garvin gave Enumclaw a final clutch bucket to take the lead in the final ticks of the game clock. Seattle Academy’s potential game-winner rimmed out and the Hornets picked up a valiant win in a highly entertaining contest.
The Final Score
Enumclaw 76, Seattle Academy 75 (3 OT)
Top Performers: Enumclaw
Kaden Anderson- 24 points
Justus Rainwater- 22 points
Josh Erickson- 22 points Seattle Academy
Marcus Austin- 24 points
Ian McManus- 22 points
King’s Captures 1A District Title Over Seattle Academy
Friday- February 20
Mountlake Terrace High School
King’s Sophomore Corey Kispert
In the face of adversity, friends and family that come together are able to respond in a positive way. The King’s Knights experienced a frightening moment last week after winning a league title when their team bus flipped and injured a number of players. Thankfully, tragedy was averted as minor injuries were the extent of the crash. With more basketball to be played, the King’s High School community rallied around their team to continue their quest for a state championship. However, there was a challenger from Capitol Hill in the Seattle Academy Cardinals that was hungry for a district title on Friday night at Mountlake Terrace. Both teams already punched their tickets to the big dance, but important seeding implications were at stake.
The enormous King’s crowd with “Saved for a Reason” emblazoned on their tee shirts had plenty to cheer about early when the Knights built a double digit lead before the Cards registered their first points. Calvin Kispert’s 5-0 run to open the ballgame fired up Coach Skeen’s bench. Trailing by a baker’s dozen after one quarter, Seattle Academy needed to find a rhythm to erase the early deficit.
More of the same continued in the second frame as the lead ballooned to nearly twenty points. The Cardinals’ inability to challenge the interior defense of KHS prevented them from finding high-percentage attempts in the paint. The commitment to isolation and jump-shooting was evident by SAS and in the first half, it led to a 16 point deficit heading into the locker room.
Early in the second half, the Cardinals continued to go to the three-point well in the hopes to claw their way back into the game. Eventually, the strategy paid dividends when some shots fell and the lead shrunk back to 11 at 30-19. Up to this point, King’s had left quite a bit on the table as the lead certainly could have been 25 or more without missed opportunities and unnecessary turnovers. This proved not to haunt the Knight’s because they emerged from the called timeout on a 10-2 run. Leading by 18 with one quarter to go, the outcome of the game was sealed. King’s retained their double digit lead in the final frame to earn the victory and hoist the hardware for the District 1/2 1A title.
The Final Score: King’s 48 Seattle Academy 31
Top Performers: King’s
Calvin Kispert & Noah Bundrant-12 points
Seattle Academy Spoils Host Lancers Christmas Party By Steven Dion
The nightcap of the first round of the Sterling Athletics Christmas Classic featured the Cardinals of Seattle Academy and host Kennedy Catholic. Despite their 1A classification, the SA Cardinals carry a much deeper roster as their team of fifteen outnumbers their 3A counterpart by five players. Additionally, the Cardinals are composed of entirely upperclassmen with the exception of sophomore guard Ian McManus. Conversely, Kennedy’s Spencer Weisberg is the lone senior on the young Lancers squad from the Seamount League. Would Kennedy be able to feed off their home crowd en route to the second round of the Christmas Classic?
The first four minutes of the contest were sloppy from an offensive standpoint as Kennedy was stuck at three points for extended time. Seattle Academy was slow out of the gates too as their star trio of Daniel Davydov, Ben Gerke, and Jeremiah Hobbs combined for seven points in the first eight minutes. After trailing 11-5 in the first quarter, Kennedy’s offense woke up. The Lancers netted seven field goals and earned some trips to the charity stripe where they knocked down four of five. Seattle Academy upped their efficiency in the second frame too as their seventeen points protected their lead heading into halftime. Seattle Academy’s ability to keep all four Lancer posts scoreless in the first half earned them a 28-24 lead into the break.
After knocking down only one three-ball in the first half, Seattle Academy found their touch from the perimeter in the third quarter. Gerke and Davydov both drained two from downtown in a back-breaking third frame for the Lancers. The Cardinals were able to increase their point total in each successive quarter whereas Kennedy experience a significant dropoff after their strong second frame. Leading by eleven going into the final eight minutes, the Cardinals were able to allot minutes to their bench and put the game into cruise control down the stretch. Burying nine of eleven free throws in the fourth put a stamp on the contest as the senior Daniel Davydov continued his consistent scoring with seven of his game-high twenty two coming in the final quarter. When the dust settled, Seattle Academy rolled to a 65-45 win.
Top Performer: Seattle Academy
Daniel Davydov – 22 points (8/10 FT’s)