Click through to see results of the Kentwood-Decatur and Federal Way-Curtis boys, and Auburn Riverside-Bethel girls.
Game 1: Girls — No. 5 Kentwood 62, Rogers 49: The Conquerors won their seventh straight game, toppling the SPSL South’s second-place team in the league tournament. Kentwood (18-4) will meet the loser of the No. 1 Auburn Riverside-Bethel game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the ShoWare Center for the league’s No. 2 and 3 seeds to the district tournament. The Rams (15-7) will play either Federal Way or Puyallup at 2:30 p.m. for the league’s fourth and fifth seeds.
Guard Kylie Huerta led Kentwood with 23 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists. Teammates Liz Mills, Sanda Milovic and Courtney Johnson also scored in double-digits.
Nichole Jones paced Rogers with 21 points.
Game 2: Boys –No. 7 Kentwood 62, Decatur 42: On the same day it was announced that Conquerors center Joshua Smith was named to the McDonald’s All-American team, the senior turned in a standout performance, totaling 21 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots.
After losing Smith to a knee injury for about a month, Kentwood (12-9) has won its last six games against in-state opponents.
“They’re just playing really well right now,” Gators coach Kevin Olson said. “They’re utilizing Josh and I don’t think anybody can guard him mano y mano. They had a tough time handling the press at some of those national tournaments, but they’re not having any trouble now.”
Kentwood shot well from the perimeter, making 6-of-17 3-point attempts. Guard Tre Tyler hit back-to-back 3-pointers at the end of the first quarter, giving the Conks a 21-8 lead. Tyler finished with 12 points.
Jordan McCloud led Decatur (14-7) with 13 points and Terrell Williams added 10.
Count Kentwood coach Michael Angelidis among those who’s a fan of the new league tournament format that allows a second-place team the opportunity to earn the league’s No. 2 seed to the district tournament.
“Absolutely, I like it,” he said. “I think it’s a little more fair, gives a team a chance to move up.”
Game 3: Boys — Federal Way 59, Curtis 52 — Final
Top-ranked Federal Way didn’t look good doing it, but the Eagles cruised past No. 3 Curtis 59-52 in the SPSL boys basketball championship game Thursday night at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
“We were undisciplined on offense and that caused us not to score, which caused us not to press and not to run,” Federal Way coach Jerome Collins said. “We were lackadaisical with the basketball.”
Even on an off-night, the Eagles (20-1) were good enough to dispatch the undermanned Vikings (19-2), who played without two starting forwards, and earn the league’s No. 1 seed to the West Central District tournament.
Curtis will face seventh-ranked Kentwood (12-9) at 6 p.m. Saturday at the ShoWare Center for the league’s second and third seeds to the district tournament.
Clinging to a three-point lead halfway through the third quarter, Federal Way went on a 17-5 run that gave it a 50-35 lead, its biggest of the game, with four minutes to play. From there, the Eagles relied on forward Cole Dickerson, feeding the SPSL North MVP the ball near the hoop. Dickerson scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed six rebounds.
“When the game was in question they did a good job of getting (Dickerson) the ball,” Curtis coach Tim Kelly said. “When you’ve got a horse like that, you ride him.”
Tyrell Lewis added 12 points for Federal Way and Robert Christopher chipped in nine.
Curtis was without forwards James Cooks and Darius Johnson-Wilson. Cooks was serving a suspension and will be eligible to play on Saturday, Vikings coach Tim Kelly said. Johnson-Wilson injured his left wrist two weeks ago and it might be broken.
“He’s going to the doctor tomorrow to get it re-examined,” Kelly said. “He could get the cast off tomorrow and be ready to go, or the doctor could say it needs to stay on.”
Guard Dominique Williams led all players with 21 points, drilling all five of his 3-point attempts, and Davonte Lacy finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Game 4: Girls — Auburn Riverside 59, Bethel 27: The final score – a 59-27 Auburn Riverside victory – doesn’t indicate it, but Bethel gave top-ranked and undefeated Ravens quite a scare Thursday evening.
The SPSL South champion Braves held Auburn Riverside’s high-scoring offense in check for most of three quarters in the SPSL girls basketball championship at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
“We got overly excited, we were rushing everything,” Ravens forward Kat Cooper said. “We got into the locker room and coach told us were 6-for-29 from the field and it was like, ‘Oh gosh, we can’t make anything.’”
The Ravens (21-0) flipped a switch late in the third quarter, going on a 17-2 run that put away Bethel (16-5) and clinched the league’s No. 1 seed to the West Central District tournament. The Braves will face fifth-ranked Kentwood (18-4) for the league’s second and third seeds to the district tournament at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the ShoWare Center.
Auburn Riverside slogging through a first-half filled with offensive lowlights. The Ravens made just 6-of-29 shots from the field and only two of those misses came from beyond the 3-point arc.
“They shot poorly in the first half because we played great defense,” Braves coach John Ainslie said. “They’ve got a ton of ways to score and when they got (Cooper) in the game, she picked them up.”
But the Braves could not take advantage of the Ravens misfires because they couldn’t hang on to the ball. Bethel committed 17 turnovers in the first half.
Despite that carelessness, the Braves were well within striking distance into the third quarter. Bethel’s Elisha Salas hit a 3-pointer halfway through the period that pulled the Braves within two points, 21-19. That’s as close as they got in the second half as Auburn Riverside went on the 17-2 scoring binge that spanned six minutes.
Cooper played a big role in the Ravens’ second-half surge, scoring 10 of her game-high 16 points. Guard Mercedes Wetmore, co-MVP of the SPSL North, totaled 14 points and seven rebounds.
Danielle Tabb led Bethel with 11 points.