Rotary takes FOH

Seattle's Rotary Select has seen its share of superstars over the years, but few of Rotary's alumni rival Franklin high School's Peyton Siva when it comes to highlight film razzle-dazzle, as he showcased his considerable skill Sunday afternoon while knocking off cross-town rival Friends of Hoop 69-59.

With Brandon Roy, Will Conroy and Jamal Crawford watching from the stands, Siva put on a show, unofficially tallying 27 points, and though FOH trailed from start to finish, the game remained close throughout.

The absences of floor general and future Husky Isaiah Thomas, as well 6-9 Alaskan Damen Bell Holter did not help FOH, though Rotary was also without the services of Inglemoor junior Mark McLaughlin and Garfield's sensational sophomore Aaron Dotson. The fact that FOH was able to keep the game competitive despite being short handed speaks volumes about the caliber of players on the FOH roster as well as the stellar coaching led by Coaches Jim Marsh and Chuck Williams.

The styles of both teams were polar opposites. Rotary used an up-tempo, fast-paced style from start to finish, favoring a motion offense that created plenty of open perimeter shots for Siva and Roosevelt junior Glen Dean. In local college terms, Rotary played Washington to Friends of Hoop's methodical style reminiscent of Washington State, though the absence of two key players obviously limited FOH's ability to run with their quicker opponent.

One key match-up featured Kentwood 6-8 freshman phenom Joshua Smith against Kentridge junior Renaldo Parker, as the overwhelming experience and physical strength of Parker showed inside against the slower Smith. Renado added an unofficial 12 points for FOH with Smith managing 8 points, going 4-6 from the free throw line. Though Smith was largely a non-factor in the game offensively, it's hard to overlook his amazing potential and soft hands, though he clearly needs to work on his strength conditioning as Parker had his way with the taller Smith under the hoop.

FOH's perimeter defense was no match for the seemingly unlimited range of Siva, who used his devastating quickness to constantly blow by his defenders. At one point Siva, accelerating out of back court, blew by three FOH defenders, and dropped in an easy layup. Later, with Rotary, with lead cut to four, Siva demonstrated his improving passing skills, finding a slashing Jeremy Green to put the Rotary team up 46-40.

Siva's brilliant performance included five 3-pointers, while providing a steady hand from the charity stripe going 8-9, and his offensive efficiency proved to be too much for FOH. The highlight of the game was a play that did not even count. Finding himself open to finish the break, Siva threw down an unbelievable windmill dunk that was waved off by the officials for traveling, much to the roaring crowd's disappointment.

Siva would not have had such a stellar game without the play of his teammates. Glen Dean's ability to dribble-penetrate at will opened up the outside for Rotary's marksmen. Kentwood junior Jeremy Green added an unofficial six points and played outstanding defense.

Rainier Beach junior Michael Ladd added 10 points for FOH.


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