It looks like déjà vu all over again as Rainier Beach is in the semifinals for the sixth consecutive year and the seventh time in the past eight years. 6-6 senior guard Terrence Williams hung 21 points on Kennedy as the Vikings ran away from the Lancers 81-56. Junior guard Ryan Anderson added 16 points with nine dimes. 6-3 Kennedy super-soph DeAngelo Jones put 20 points on Da Beach.
Rainier Beach will face their 2002 semifinal opponent Mark Morris for a chance to play in Saturday night's title game.
The Monarchs from Longview got 19 points and 9 rebounds from 6-4 senior forward and three-year starter Chris Hutton (pictured at right). Fellow senior Josh Wilson had another impressive performance, dropping in 18 points while senior guard Tyler Hayes got into double digits, scoring 10. Hutton hit on eight of 11 tries from the floor. You know Coach Bill Bakamus' guys play smart ball, they won the Academic team championship last year. Adam Wardell scored 17 in the loss. The Cubs next play Kennedy for a ticket to "Hardware Saturday."
In the bottom half of the bracket, defending state champion O'Dea handled Clover Park 56-45. The Irish shared the wealth with senior forward Conor Mullen scoring 14 and tacking on 10 boards for a double-double. Senior guard Mitch Johnson added 13 points and junior guard Peter O'Neil an even dozen.
In the nightcap, Columbia River dropped West Valley (Spokane) into the consolation bracket, taking care of the Eagles 54-46. Senior guard Chris Bolton (pictured at left) scored 20 while fellow senior Sean Price added 16 points. The shooting woes in the T-Dome didn't bother Bolton as he hit seven of nine shots from the field. Tyler Hobbs scored 23 in the loss.
Earlier in the day in the "you lose, you go home" games four teams were relegated to the "0-2 parking lot barbecue" bracket.
Hanford sent Aberdeen packing 59-41. Tyler Cathey scored 24 while Steve Severin tacked on a d-d with 11 points and 10 glass cleanings. The Falcons from the Mid-Valley League survived to meet Renton and the chance to play for a medal on Saturday.
Renton ended the season for Issaquah 81-70 behind 23 points from Marcellus Williams. Garrison Carr finished his outstanding high school career with a 37-point effort in the loss. Carr dropped in five treys and passed the 2,000 point plateau for his high school career.
North Thurston edged Bishop Blanchet 62-61 in some of that overtime stuff to keep the Pac-9 League from a dreaded 0-4 state experience. Colton Monti, the Pac-9's MVP, scored 30, including six of those trey thingies. Junior guard Taylor Olson hit a trio of threes enroute to 29 points for the Braves.
Squalicum stayed alive, eliminating White River's Hornets 55-32. Senior shooter Dustin Jones (at left) hit six trifectas and put 31 points on the board. The Storm will meet North Thurston for the right to play in Saturday's medal round.
The Greater St Helen's League continues to shine with a 4-0 record. The Metro League is 4-2. Northwest League 2-2 , GSL 1-1, Mid-Valley 1-1, Seamount 3-5, Pac-9 1-3 and KingCo finished 0-2.
Friday is a great day, four games in the consolation bracket, a two-hour break and a chance to enjoy a real meal, then a pair of semifinals. Head on down, there are plenty of open seats. Attendance is down again and the WIAA is chomping at the bit to get this bad boy moved to Seattle.