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Archives: Feb. 2009
4A State qualifiers
Lewis and Clark
Federal Way is the West Central District champion. The Eagles beat Foss, 65-52, on Saturday afternoon at Puyallup.
Federal Way led 54-50 with 4:35 left, but finished the quarter on an 11-2 run.
Federal Way leads Foss 48-45 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Falcons trailed 37-25, but stifled FW’s offense during a big chunk of the period. LuQuam Thompson gave Foss a 45-43 lead with 1:16 left in the quarter. But Michael Hale III hit a lay-in and then a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to regain the lead for the Eagles.
Decatur locked up the West Central District’s No. 3 seed, beating Curtis 68-58.
Gators guard Marcus Tibbs broke the game open at the start of the fourth quarter. Leading 46-44, Tibbs slammed home a missed 3-pointer and on the next possession Cam Schilling hooked him up with an alley-oop, forcing Curtis to call a timeout to quell Decatur’s momentum.
Vikings guard Marquise Doss hit a 3-pointer aftet the timeout to make it, 48-47, but Decatur’s Terrell Williams countered with a trey of his own keeping the Gators in front.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Decatur leads Curtis, 46-44.
The score was tied 31-31 at halftime. The winner of this game gets the WCD’s No. 3 seed, which is placed on the state bracket as a No. 1 team, and the loser is the district’s No. 6 seed.
Abdul Gaddy and Joshua Smith, possibly the two best high school basketball players in the state, will not be at the Class 4A state tournament.
Gaddy’s Bellarmine Prep Lions were eliminated, 78-68, by state tournament-newbie Beamer and Smith’s Kentwood Conquerors fell to rival Kentridge, 51-41.
Gaddy, a senior, does have a pair of prestigious all-star games to look forward to in April — the McDonald’s All-American game and a couple weeks later the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore. After that, it’s on to the University of Washington.
Smith will have another chance to get back to…
A boring, sloppy, slow-paced game started cookin’ in the fourth quarter, and the Conquerors did their best to steal one at Auburn High. Kentridge won, 51-41.
Trailing by 11 with four minutes remaining, Kentwood went on a 7-0 run to cut it to 42-38 with 2:36 to go.
But the Chargers’ guards would not let this one get away. Kentridge scored on four consecutive possessions, capped by Gary Bell’s putback with 1:01 remaining, to give the team a 49-41 lead, and Kentwood missed its final four shots.
Kentridge earns the No. 4 seed from the WCD to…