|The best of the 3A and 4A will converge on the Tacoma Dome .
4A State Basketball Tournament Preview
Game 1: Bothell (17-9) vs. A.C. Davis (20-2)
The Bothell Cougars from the Kingco conference head to Tacoma after upending a good Olympia squad 63-54 in regional action. The Cougs are led by their exhilarating junior backcourt of Zach LaVine and Perrion Callendret. The heaviley recruited LaVine, a 6'3" jack of all trades, is ripping the nets at 23.3 points a game. The explosive 6'2" Callendret is an O'Dea transfer who is scoring at a rock solid 17.2 points per game.
The Davis Pirates from Yakima head to state after rolling Evergreen of Vancouver 69-46 in the regionals. The Pirates are as experienced as any club in the show. Davis is paced by 3 time Columbia Basin Big Nine League MVP David Trimble, a smooth as silk 6'2" senior point guard. Three year starter Devonte Luckett, a 6'3" jumping jack forward, leads the Davis frontline. In addition 6'1" Senior guard Cooper Kupp and 6'3" Senior forward Lavonte Allen add to the Pirates arsenal.
Game 2: Mount Rainier (18-10) vs. Bellarmine Prep (23-2)
Mount Rainier out of the South Puget Sound League's North division head to state after beating Issaquah 82-72 in regional play. Super sophomore Adrian Davis, a cat quick 6'0" guard, leads the Rams charge. He was a 1st team all-SPSL North selection this year. Joining him on that 1st team was fellow guard Malik Rogers. Malik is a crafty 5'10" senior. The Rams frontline is led by 6'4" junior high riser Caden Roland, a 2nd team all-league choice.
The Bellarmine Prep Lions advanced to the Tacoma dome by virtue of their 75-54 victory over Snohomish. The Lions from Tacoma, are another young team. They have been ranked near the top of the polls all year. Bellarmine is led into battle by their 6'8" junior glass eater Lucas Meikle. Also on the Lions front line is multi talented junior Sefo Liufau, a 6'4" sharp shooting forward. The Leos backcourt is spearheaded by 5'11" Junior Isaiah Flynn
Game 3: Jackson (19-5) vs. Union (18-7)
The Jackson Timberwolves from Everett, roll into state after a hard fought 50-45 win over Federal Way. The Timberwolves are yet another young squad trying to make some noise in T-town. With Jackson it all starts and ends with their sophomore sensation Jason Todd. The 6'5" guard/forward scored 28 of their 50 points in the win over Federal Way. 6'1" senior swingman Sam Brown and dead eye shooting 5'10" sophomore guard Dan Kingma add the T-Wolves fire power.
The Union Titans who hail from the Vancouver area moved on to the state tourney with a 58-47 win over Curtis, avenging a loss to the Vikings in the district tourney. Leading the way for the Titans is BYU recruit Jordan Chatman, a smooth 6'5" senior point guard. Fellow senior guard Tanner Nelson, is a 3 year starter. Nelson is a powerful 6'3" do it all player. Standout transfer Brian Cairns, a 6'1" senior, is also another talented weapon for the Titans.
Game 4: Central Valley (20-3) vs. Garfield (19-5)
The Bears from Central Valley high school in Spokane won their regional battle 76-63 over Richland to advance to Tacoma. Central Valley is another young ball club, but they are hotter than a pistol having won 17 straight games. The Bears top gun is sophomore Austin Rehkow, a 6'2" guard who can light it up. Junior forward Gaven Deyarmin, at 6'2" is a solid inside-outside presence too. Guard Garrett Sawyer, a talented 6'1" junior, adds to the offensive juggernaut.
The Garfield Bulldogs out of central Seattle advanced to the dome with a 63-59 win over a solid Kentwood squad in regional play. The Bulldogs are another pretty young ball club showing up at the Tacoma dome. Junior high flying swingman Tucker Haymond will lead the dogs into battle. The 6'5" Haymond is tearing it up at 23.3 points a game. Foster transfer Tre'Vaunte Williams, a 6'4" junior forward, averages 16.0 points a contest. Pierre Wright, a nasty quick 6'1" senior guard, is also a top threat for the Bulldogs.
The T-Dome is going to be alive with Action This weekend No Doubt About it!