Winning a bi-district boys basketball title is supposed to afford you a luxury matchup in the regional tournament, right?
Not so for the Curtis High Vikings.
Matched up for the second time in the postseason, Union High School of Camas made this one count more, eliminating fifth-ranked Curtis with a 58-47 victory in the Class 4A regionals at Auburn High School.
And Union’s two standouts – forward Tanner Nelson (23 points) and guard Jordan Chatman (21 points), who is headed to Brigham Young – pulled the Titans through to the next round, and to a site they are most comfortable in. Union won the 3A title in the Tacoma Dome in 2010.
It was clear the Titans had two missions Friday night – extend defensive pressure for 80 feet, then collapse down on Curtis big man Darius Johnson-Wilson, the SPSL South player of the year. Read more »
MILL CREEK – With an evening game and the prospect of Friday afternoon traffic through Seattle, Lincoln High boys basketball coach Aubrey Shelton decided his team would leave Tacoma for its Class 3A regional game against O’Dea at 2 p.m.
The good news? The traffic was light and the team arrived at Jackson High School at 3 p.m. The bad news? That left about two hours for the team to sit around with little to do but watch a movie on its charter bus.
The result? A lethargic effort that saw the Abes fall behind big thanks to carelessness with the ball as fourth-ranked O’Dea ended No. 9 Lincoln’s season 67-48.
“We were asleep,” Shelton said. “It’s the most dead we’ve been in warm-ups all season. I don’t know if it was the bus ride or what but we came out flight, we were tight. It was sad to see.” Read more »
Below are schedules for boys and girls basketball regional tournaments for all classifications. You can see the matchups on the WIAA site here.
Also, the WIAA will webcast the state tournament draws on Sunday. I think it’s great that the public will have the opportunity to view the draw. The procedure and process is always a hot topic in the days leading up to and following the draw. Now
As someone who’s attended a few draws, I think most people that watch will fall into one of two categories. You’ll be fascinated by the process or bored out of your skull. Either way, it should be informative.
BOYS BASKETBALL REGIONALS
All games will be played Friday, Feb. 24
CLASS 4A All games are winner-to-Tacoma Dome, loser-out
At Juanita HS
Game 1: Issaquah (14-9) vs. Mount Rainier (17-10), 6 p.m.
Game 2: Kentwood (18-7) vs. Garfield (18-5), 8 p.m.
At Kent-Meridian HS
Game 1: Federal Way (16-8) vs. Jackson (18-5), 6 p.m.
Game 2: Snohomish (17-6) vs. Bellarmine Prep (22-3), 8 p.m.
At Auburn HS
Game 1: Bothell (16-9) vs. Olympia (20-5), 6 p.m.
Game 2: Union (17-7) vs. Curtis (20-6), 8 p.m. Read more »
Pairings for the regional rounds of the girls basketball state tournaments are beginning to take shape. We’ll know much more on Monday after the West Central/Southwest Bi-District tournaments conclude. The bracket will be complete after a couple district crossover games on Tuesday.
Until then, here’s a peek at the pairings.
BOYS BASKETBALL REGIONAL ROUND OF THE STATE TOURNAMENT All games will be played Friday, Feb. 24
All games are winner-to-Tacoma Dome (3A, 4A), winner-to-Yakima SunDome (2A), loser-out