Streaking to the playoffs

Friday night saw streaks stay alive, streaks come to an end and playoff spots being clinched. Bethel, Davis and West Valley (Yakima) kept their unbeaten marks going, Meadowdale lost for the first time since opening night and Mercer Island clinched a Division title. And Seattle Prep got their stud back.

Bethel made it 16-0, 14-0 in SPSL South play, with a 59-31 win over newby Todd Beamer. 6-8 junior Brandon Moore scored 10 as Coach Pat Mullen's Braves once again spread it around. Bethel has no single player with stats that would grab your eye. Mullen uses basically a six-man rotation with Moore leading the scoring at 11PPG. Junior guards Jordan Sutton and Jamil Turner pop in 10 a night while senior guard Desmond Meray adds 9PPG. The huge front line of the 6-8 Moore along with fellow 6-8 junior Alex Tiefenthaler and 6-8 senior Caesar Rayford add nine and seven points per game respectively. Moore, Tiefenthaler and Rayford combine for 25 rebounds per game. Sutton maintains a 2:1 turnover-to-assist ratio while Turner leads the team in steals. Meray shoots at a 59.6% clip from the floor. So with Bethel, pick your poison. Mullen has a group getting it done with team work, in-your-jock defense and unselfishness.

Davis made it 13-0 with a 90-55 hammering of Kamiakin. Senior guard Jeremy Mangum scored 18, Curtis Gomez-Trimble 17, Humberto Pertez 15 and Eddie Pola 14. Like Bethel Davis spreads it around with any of those four leading the scoring on any given night. Coach Shag Williams' squad has rolled through the Big Nine but was tested in a pair of OT wins against Pasco and Southridge. The defending league champs were a hot team a year ago before dropping five of their last seven games and sitting at home instead of being in the T-Dome. This team started the year on a mission and have kept their focus thorough the first two months of the season. And where Bethel brings a trio of bigs, for the Pirates big is 6-2. They're small, fast and will run you into the floor.

Auburn made it 11 straight with a 74-59 win over Kentlake. The Trojans got 31 points from senior forward Dan Stafford (pictured) and 16 from fellow senior Pace Pendleton. Coach Ryan Hansen's guys have not lost since Brewster got them back on December 13th. They are a perfect 12-0 in SPSL North play.

Let's talk some "D." Mountlake Terrace must have seen that Shorecrest's Chris Chase scored 47 Tuesday night. Coach Nalin Sood's guy put Chase in lock down Friday night, holding the 6-4 guard to just 5 points, well below his 16.5ppg average. Justynn Hammond and Leigh Swanson scored 14 each for the 12-3/10-3 Hawks. Terrace has won 10 of their last 11.

Eisenhower had won seven straight, six-in-a-row in Big Nine play until Friday night. Pasco put the skids on the Cadets, dropping Ike 66-50. 6-5 senior Roby Clyde (pictured) scored 20 and Jerome Houf added 14. Ike beat the Dogs in early December but Pasco has their footballers in hoops shape and it was a different story Friday night.

Meadowdale had not lost since December 6th, opening night to Squalicum. Since then it was 13 straight wins. Shorewood started 0-4. They've won six of their last eight to pull even at 7-7. Michael Stiles knocked down 24 Friday night to lead the Scots.

Seattle Prep Coach Chris Miller has to be feeling better after 6-7 junior Martel Webster (pictured) made his season debut Friday at Blanchet. Webster broke a bone in his foot during pre-season practice and has been a spectator through the first two months. Martel scored just 4 points but his presence in uniform has the Panthers feeling good heading into the playoffs. Senior guard Michael Knight led the way in the 50-42 win. Prep is 14-4/11-3.

Rainier Beach made it 10 straight with a 67-43 pasting of West Seattle. 6-11 senior CJ Giles got 21 while 6-6 junior Terrance Williams added 13. The 16-1/12-0 Vikings last lost to Reserve Christian (La.) at the Slam Dunk at the Beach tournament during the Christmas break.

The West Valley Rams also kept their slate unblemished, beating Ellensburg 56-41 to move to 15-0. 6-7 senior Andrew Strait (pictured) dropped in 20 and 6-1 senior guard E.J. Schoen added 11. Strait and Schoen normally lead the Rams in scoring but Coach Jim Berndt gets plenty of spreading it around action as well. Friday night 6-5 senior Corey Wehr scored 9 as did Brian Swift. They've had only two of their 15 wins by 10 points or less, 55-45 over 1A top-ranked Brewster and a nine-point OT win over Grandview. Nine of those wins have been by better than 20 points.

Surprise of surprises….NOT! Mercer Island is in the KingCo 3A title game having clinched the Sky Division with a 57-48 win over Newport. Senior guard Patrick Frost scored 24 as the Islanders won for the 17th time in 18 games and remained perfect at 11-0 in KingCo play. This was their 14th consecutive win.

Renton won their eighth straight, dropping Kennedy 75-63. Coach Rick Comer got 31 points from senior guard Steffond Brown. Freshman DeAngelo Jones had 23 in the loss. The Indians last lost to 4A power Mount Tahoma at a tournament during the holidays. Since then only once has anyone come with 10 points.

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