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Narrows League Boys Basketball League Preview

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Nov. 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm with 1 Comment »
November 18, 2009 12:45 am

Here’s the capsule preview of 2009-10 Narrows League boys basketball. And here’s a feature on Lincoln forward Damani Coley, who’s back after suffering a gruesome broken arm during a game at Mount Tahoma last season.

Our previews on the SPSL North and SPSL South will run in Thursday’s newspaper. I’ll post the league previews for those leagues on Wednesday evening.


1. Lincoln (16-9)
2. Wilson (16-9)
3. Foss (22-7)
4. South Kitsap (13-9)
5. Gig Harbor (8-11)
6. Shelton (2-18)
*2008-09 records

G Denzel Dansby 6-1 Sr. Lincoln
Could emerge as the balanced Abes’ leading scorer

G Mikey Hope 6-0 Sr. Wilson
Second-team all-Bridge player leads deep Rams team

W Leon LaDeaux 6-3 Sr. South Kitsap
Inside-outside threat will help Wolves compete for top spot

G Jordan Russell 5-10 Jr. Lincoln
Might be the best athlete in all of the Narrows League

F Austin Seferian-Jenkins 6-6 Jr. Gig Harbor
Football prospect is a load to handle in the post

Lincoln’s experience and depth should carry the Abes to the division title. Lincoln returns three starters but six players – Cardel Clay, Terrell Lewis, Geno Horsely, Denzel Dansby, Damani Coley and Jordan Russell – played significant and meaningful minutes. The Abes will get a boost from sophomore G Isaac Barsh and G Tre’Shawn Lexing, a 6-foot-4 freshman. … Foss is in reloading mode after losing 10 seniors from the team that reached the state semifinals. PG Julian Cruell, the only returning starter, W Jamal Byrd and W Hershell Clark will try to lead the Falcons back to the postseason. … Wilson reached the district tournament last season for the first time in nearly a decade year last season and the Rams are aiming higher. Wilson is deep with experience, led by G Demetrius Smith, G Jibreel Stevens and G Mikey Hope. … South Kitsap has four starters at 6-foot-3 or taller and 5-10 PG Isaiah Davis is a high jumper. The Wolves will be one of the more physical teams in the league. … Gig Harbor alum Tom Adams has taken over the reins of the Tides. Gig Harbor has a solid core returning that includes F David Bigelow, F Austin Seferian-Jenkins and G Chris Repar. … Shelton faces an uphill climb and will be led by G Tyler Dunnington.


1. Mount Tahoma (15-9)
2. Bellarmine Prep (15-11)
3. Olympia (8-13)
4. Central Kitsap (16-8)
5. Stadium (2-18)
*2009-09 records

F Xavier Bazile 6-6 Jr. Mt. Tahoma
The long-armed Bazile is a terror near the hoop

G Donald Gaddy 5-10 Jr. Bellarmine Prep
Won’t take long to make a name for himself

G Josh Lord 5-9 Sr. Mount Tahoma
The only returning first-team all-Bay Division player

G Drew Vettleson 6-1 Sr. Central Kitsap
Steady shooter can keep Cougars in any game

G Alex Weber-Braden 6-4 Jr. Olympia
One of the most complete players in the league

Bellarmine Prep enters the post-Abdul Gaddy Era a little light on experience. G Donald Gaddy and F Jordan Cain are the only returning starters, but 6-4- transfer F Tommy Joyce will give the Lions depth inside and could emerge as one of the league’s top players. With non-league games against Curtis, Jesuit (Oregon), Seattle Prep and Gonzaga Prep, the Lions will be battle-tested when the postseason arrives. … G Josh Lord and F Xavier Bazile anchor an athletic Mount Tahoma squad. Thunderbirds have been close to reaching the state tournament each of the last three seasons, but fell short at the district tournament. They could break through this season. … Central Kitsap must replace four all-league players, but the Cougars have G Drew Vettleson and F Christian Wesley to turn to. Central Kitsap will push the ball, relying on good shooting and solid defense. … G Alex Weber-Braden, who averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds per game last season, leads an Olympia squad looking to qualify for the district tournament for the first time since 2005. PG Jacob Robbins and G Numia Magalei are also back, giving the Bears an experienced backcourt. … Second-year Stadium coach David Jones is still trying to get the best of younger brother Jordan Cain of Bellarmine Prep. Cain has beat Jones’ Tigers every time the two schools have met. Stadium will lean on F Ricky Fujita to lead it this season.

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  1. Keep up the nice work! Look forward to reading more from you in the future. I think it will be also nice if you add “send to email” tool so people can forward the articles to their friends easily.

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