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Class 2A boys basketball primer: Will Clover Park’s talent prevail?

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Dec. 12, 2012 at 10:28 am with No Comments »
December 12, 2012 10:28 am

BOYS’ POWER FIVE

1, Clover Park
Having early growing pains, but watch out.
2, White River
2A state runner-up deeper this time around.
3, River Ridge
Will learn to play great defense under Barbee.
4, Capital
EvCo’s most talented squad jelling quickly.
5, Centralia
One of Ron Brown’s better teams in 52 seasons.

SPSL 2A

* Crystal Ball
1, Clover Park (23-6)
2, White River (24-7)
3, Franklin Pierce (3-17)
4, Fife (9-15)
5, Steilacoom (8-13)
6, Sumner (21-6)
7, Washington (5-15)
8, Orting (0-22 in Nisqually 1A)

* Fab Five
David Crisp, Clover Park, G, 6-1, Jr.
Flashy game; Warriors need point guard to score more than ever before.

Michael Dupree, Franklin Pierce, G, 5-11, Sr.
When he gets hot offensively, Cardinals’ speedy standout is unstoppable.

Teddy Hardy, Fife, F, 6-7, Sr.
Paired with 6-8 Kaleb McGary, Trojans have rare “twin towers” of league.

Xavier Means, Clover Park, C, 6-4, Sr.
Intense leader with chip on shoulder, he gives Warriors tough inside play.

Alex Sayler, White River, G, 5-6, Sr.
Whatever team needs, he delivers – especially guidance and clutch shooting.

* Circle the Calendar
Jan. 18, White River at Clover Park, 7 p.m.

EVERGREEN CONFERENCE

* Crystal Ball
1, River Ridge (15-9)
2, Capital (11-10 in Narrows 3A)
3, Centralia (6-13)
4, W.F. West (13-9)
5, Tumwater (11-12)
6, Aberdeen (7-11)
7, Black Hills (5-11)

* Fab Five
Zack Ball, Aberdeen, F, 6-5, Sr.
Rugged competitor who isn’t a great scorer, but knows how to play game.

David Cooper, Tumwater, G/F, 6-3, So.
Super athlete featured in Thunderbirds’ four-guard, up-tempo system.

Brock Wade, W.F. West, F, 6-3, Sr.
Bearcats run plenty of sets to get this three-time, all-EvCo player the ball.

Brad Wallace, River Ridge, G, 6-0, Sr.
Best skill set in the league, he is quick, strong and very determined to win.

Keenan Williams, Capital, G, 6-2, Sr.
Should really flourish as a scorer in Cougars’ new dribble-drive system.

* Circle the Calendar
Jan. 18, Capital at River Ridge, 7:45 p.m.

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