Checking in on a pair of future Cougs

THEY TAKE basketball seriously in Los Angeles, but you have to admit someone had a pretty good sense of humor going on the day in 1986 when it was time to pick a mascot for Ribet Academy, a college prep school located just past downtown near Glendale. Ribet's teams are called the Fighting Frogs. It's a nod to the fact no one pronounces Ribet the way it's supposed to be: Ri-Bay.

Rest assured, though, opponents don't take the Frogs lightly when they step onto the court. Led by 6-foot-8, 225-pound Mr. Double-Double, senior Greg Sequele, Ribet Academy takes an 18-11 record into this evening's Southern Section 5A elite eight playoff game with St. Bernard. Sequele, who will be playing ball at Washington State next season, is averaging 13.1 rebounds, 12.5 points and 2.4 blocks per game this season.

In Ribet's 61-58 playoff win this past Friday over Holy Martyrs Armenian, Sequele grabbed 15 rebounds, scored 8 points, dished 4 assists and blocked 2 shots.

Sequele isn't the only future Cougar who's mixing it up these days in the state playoffs. Davonte Lacy, the standout 6-3, 192-pound combo guard from No. 3-ranked Curtis High near Tacoma, will lead his club into the state 4A regionals this Friday at No. 8-ranked Puyallup.

Yesterday, Lacy scored 22 points as Curtis downed Kentwood 59-43 to claim the bi-district championship. The win, Curtis' 10th straight, improved the Vikings' record to 20-5 on the season.

Friday's game at Puyallup will mark the fourth meeting between the teams this season. This past Friday, in the bi-district quarterfinals, Curtis pulled out a 68-66 win over Puyallup, with Lacy canning four 3-point shots. In the regular season, the two clubs played twice and split. The winner Friday will advance to the 4A state quarterfinals, which begin March 3 in the Tacoma Dome.

It's been a special season for Lacy, who averages 20 points per game and looks as comfortable driving and jamming as he does bombing away beyond the arc. Curtis won the South Puget Sound League championship and he was named the league's southern division Player of the Year.

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