Juniors step up big

After a weekend of outstanding non-league games in the various Martin Luther King events around the state, Tuesday night it was back to the everyday business of league play and positioning for the playoffs. It is rapidly approaching the home stretch and time for the leaders to step up and carry their teams. And a bunch of juniors did exactly that Tuesday night, none more than Snohomish's 6-7 junior Jon Brockman.

His shot from well beyond mid-court rattled in at the buzzer and the Panthers edged Mount Vernon 69-68 in a battle for the top spot in the WesCo North. Senior wing Darrell Martin nailed 7 treys and scored 25 to pace Snoho. The Panthers are 6-1 in league play, MV drops to 6-2.

Another junior, 5-11 Jake Linton, dropped in four from beyond the arc to pace 11-1 Meadowdale to their 11th consecutive win, 57-48 over Lynnwood. The Mavs hold down the top spot in the WesCo South. The South has Meadowdale sitting pretty for a 3A district spot. On the 4A side Edmonds-Woodway is 7-2, Mountlake Terrace 7-3 and Mariner 6-3.

Further down I-5 6-6 junior guard Terrance Williams scored 17 as 13-1 Rainier Beach got by Seattle Prep 67-52. Prep senior guard Chad Troyer scored 30. Beach is 9-0 in Metro play and holds a 2-game league lead over 7-2 Cleveland. West Seattle is 5-4 in 3rd.

6-4 junior wing Aaron Boyce scored 20 in 10-1 Kentwood's 63-53 SPSL North win over Kent-Meridian. The Conqs trail Auburn by a game at 6-1 with the Trojans holding spot-1 at 7-0. Enumclaw hangs on in 3rd at 5-2 while Kent-Meridian is 4th at 4-4.

6-8 junior Micah Downs got 22 and Bothell improved to 10-2 with a 74-48 hammering of Ballard. Franklin, a winner at Inglemoor Tuesday night, maintains a single game lead over Bothell and Lake Washington. The Quakers are 5-1 in league play with the Cougars and Kangs both sitting at 4-2.

6-5 junior forward Conor Mullen scored 19 and fellow junior Mitch Johnson added 17 as 11-3 O'Dea whipped Ingraham 72-22. The Irish lead the Mountain Division of the Metro league at 9-1 followed by 8-2 Seattle Prep, 6-3 Blanchet and 6-4 Lakeside.

6-6 junior Marcus Williams scored 42 points but it was not enough as Woodinville held off Roosevelt 81-69 in double OT. Marcus got another d-d with 11 boards and added 8 steals to his line. Greg Haslam had a d-d with 27 points and 13 boards. Williams, who has played all five spots for the Riders, is averaging 29.1ppg thus far through 12 games.

6-8 junior Alex Tiefenthaler had a double-double with 14 and 13, points and rebounds, as bethel remained unbeaten at 12-0 with a 63-46 win over Rogers in the SPSL South. The Braves are 9-0 in SPSL South play with 8-1 Puyallup hanging close by. Federal Way falls in behind at 6-3 while Curtis is 6-4.

And the smallest of them all, Issaquah's Garrison Carr, had a huge night, scoring 32 in a 67-62 KingCo loss to Newport. Bryce Daub had 17 for the Knights. KingCo 3A has 8-0 Mercer Island leading the Sky Division at 8-0 followed by 6-2 Skyline, 5-2 Interlake and 5-3 Newport. Sammamish at 4-3 leads the Valley Division with Issy 2nd at 3-4 and Mount Si 3rd at 2-5.

And the largest of the juniors, 6-8 wide-body Artem Wallace, pounded his way to 19 points as 11-3/7-2 Toledo beat North Beach 68-52. And for Artem that was a slow night. He is starting to get solid scoring support from the back court and as teams extend their defenses he should really benefit. Opponents have stacked their defenses to stop him and with the guards loosening things up watch out. He's a pretty good load and can literally carry bodies to the basket. Toledo is in second place in the SW Washington A League's South Division a game behind front-running Napavine.

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