Eisenhower, Kentwood, South Kitsap, North Kitsap, Bethel, Snohomish, Mountlake Terrace and Curtis survived opening day to move to the quarterfinals.
But before those winners settle anything, there were some opening day losers fighting for their lives.
In the first consolation game, Prairie sent Pasco back to Eastern Washington with a 69-53 thumping. Jeff Strom (pictured at left) scored 19 points and Jordan Ard added 16 points with 12 boards for a double-double. David Winters added 13 points and Brian Virgin scored 11. Bryant Whitby had 14, Dean Colbray 13 and Jerome Houf 12 for the Bulldogs. Prairie is 23-7, Pasco finishes 20-6.
Roosevelt ran out to a 7-0 lead early on Kamiak and continued to pour it on, leading 19-2 at the end of the first quarter. Marcus Williams scored 8 points in the quarter to go with 4 boards, a steal, an assist and a charge taken. M-Wub was getting it done all over the court. The Roughriders led 31-15 at the half with Williams being a single rebound shy of a double-double. He tallied 15 points and 9 boards before the break.
After leading by as many as 20 points, Roosevelt carried just a five-point advantage into the final quarter. Billy Johnson led a third quarter charge, nailing a pair of treys around a deuce. The 6-7 Williams (pictured at right) started the fourth with a pair of buckets inside and the Riders had it back to nine points at 42-33 with 6:00 to play.
Kamiak got no closer than six with the Roughriders advancing 58-49. Williams got a d-d, 29 points with 14 boards, and added a trio of assist and two steals for a nice line. Johnson led the Knights with 14 points. Roosevelt improved to 21-6; Kamiak goes 0-2 and ends their season 17-8. Roosevelt and Prairie will kick things off on Friday morning in a "Not quite McMuffin" game.
Evergreen came out cold as ice, going 0-for-10 from the field in the first quarter and hitting just four of 26 shots in the first half against Gonzaga Prep. The Bullpups led 10-3 at the end of the first quarter and took a 19-13 lead into the half.
The Plainsmen clawed away at the lead and when Josh Troyer scored inside, Evergreen had a 27-25 lead with 1:43 left in the third period. Jake Sayman's lay-up tied it at 27 all just 10 seconds later. They headed to the fourth knotted at 29-29.
Evergreen held a 44-40 lead heading into the final minute but Brandon Kennedy scored twice in the final 22 seconds, the second bucket with just five ticks remaining, to force OT.
Travis Walker hit one of his two freebies with 13 ticks left for the game winner, G-Prep stays, Evergreen goes home, 56-55. Ryan Murphy led the Pups with 20 points and 12 boards while Cory Neal's 13 points paced the Plainsmen.
In the final consolation bracket game, Inglemoor came out quick to lead Ferris 12-4 before the Saxons rolled off an 8-2 run to trail 14-12 at the end of the first quarter. Ferris managed to tie the score three times over the next 2:06 but each time Inglemoor answered.
Back to back three-pointers, first by Steve Campbell, next by Skyler Riley pushed the Vikings to a 28-20 lead midway through the quarter. Nate Shekeryk made it 30-20 on a put-back with 2:33 showing. The 10-point edge held to the half, Inglemoor in front 34-24. Campbell scored 14 in the half. Ferris had eight guys put points on the board before intermission.
Inglemoor had the lead to 14 at 40-26 before Ferris rolled off 10-0 run with seven of those 10 points coming from the foul line. Just like the opener, the Vikings had let a double-digit lead escape them in the third quarter. Ryan Shelby's pair from the line tied it at 42-42 early in the fourth. Riley answered to put the Vikes back in front.
Riley's two from the foul line gave the Vikings a 55-47 advantage with 2:30 to play. Inglemoor stayed alive 63-52. Campbell finished with 17, Riley 14. Shelby's 12 led Ferris
Ferris had only gone two-and-out once, in 1992. And like 1992, it was Inglemoor who sent them home again.
Defending champion Kentwood and Eisenhower from the Big Nine-Plus got the quarterfinals started, but before this one tipped off KW had a 2-0 lead on a pair of tech freebies by Blake Solomon. Ike attacked quickly going inside to 6-7 Jack Loofburrow for a bucket then feeding 6-8 Brandon Johnson who hit one of two freebies after being fouled. Alex Johnson finished off a steal and Ike was up 5-2 before KW could get a shot off. Less than 3:00 in and Ike already had 3 steals.
The shots came for the Conqs though and when Matt Mgebroff his a baseline jumper KW was on top 10-8 following a 6-1 run. Then they played H-O-R-S-E. Nate Gipson hit a trey for Ike, Toussaint Tyler did the same for KW. Solomon hit from deep, Jerad Groth answered with a three for the cadets. Kentwood led 16-15 after one quarter. Ike hit 83.3 from the field in the period, KW 36.4.
Kentwood led 28-24 at the half. Gipson led all scorers with 10 points in the half. Ike cooled off, hitting just 30% from the field in the second quarter.
Solomon's three-pointer gave Kentwood a 10-point, 40-30 lead at the 1:45 mark of the third quarter. They took a 42-33 edge into the final period.
For the third consecutive year Kentwood is in the semifinals, winning 56-47 behind 15 points each from Aaron Boyce (pictured above at left) and Solomon. Loofburrow's 13 led the Cadets.
And then it was the Battle of Kitsap, North versus South. The Narrows League rivals had met twice during the regular season, both wins by South Kitsap. They went at it like heavyweights, eight lead changes in the first quarter alone. SK led 11-10. Whew.
South K held the Vikings scoreless for 4:00 but could only put up 5 points themselves for a 15-10 lead at the mid point of the second quarter. The Wolves led 21-14 at the half with Connor Gehring (pictured at right) scoring 8 points.
The Vikings opened the third quarter with an 8-1 run with Jordan Henry's basket knotting the score at 22-22 with 4:58 left in the quarter. North Kitsap led 31-28 at the end of the quarter. They pushed the lead to 38-30 on a Jared Prince lay up with 4:50 to play but South Kitsap has been in tough games before and when Derrick Webb drained a three-pointer with 3:11 to play it was a two-point game, North K leading 38-36. Webb hit another trey and South K led 39-38 with two and a half minutes to play.
Gehring made it 41-38 with a pair from the line with 1:16 to play after both teams had missed two charity shots. Webb scores an "and-1" for 44-38 with 45 ticks left and South Kitsap looked to be heading to their second staring semifinal. His pair from the line seconds later pushes the Wolves to a 46-38 lead heading through 35 seconds.
South Kitsap advanced with the 48-41 win and are headed to a rematch of last year's championship against Kentwood. Webb finished with 27 points to go with 8 rebounds. He hit 10 of 15 from the field. Jacob Gonzales scored 18 in the loss.
Bethel and Snohomish took the court with a trio of 6-8 D-1 signees in Jon Brockman (UW), Alex Tiefenthaler (Portland) and Brandon Moore (EWU). The Brave led 21-8 just six minutes in. But it was Bethel's 6-0 guard, Jordan Sutton getting it done. Sutton hit all three of his shots from the field, including a trey, for 7 quick points. Brockman had 6 points but just a single rebound. Bethel's other D-1 guy, Jamil Turner (UCLA football) had 6 points with 3 boards in the period.
The Braves led 21-10 after one quarter and had hit 9 of 11 shots from the field, a net-burning 81.8%, while Snohomish was a bit cooler, hitting 3 of 11 shots for 27.3%.
Bethel led 34-23 at the half with Moore scoring 11 points. Brockman finished the half with 12 points and 6 boards. The Braves shot 73.7% in the half, Snoho 26.9%. Both teams had 13 rebounds.
Bethel has been driving Coach Pat Mullen crazy as they have had a tendency to go to sleep when they have big leads. They played with the kind of focus Mullen wants in the third quarter and had the lead up to 17 points at 44-27 following a Mike Yusko bucket and his pair of free throws with 4:09 left in the quarter.
The Braves led by as many as 18 but as has been their downfall, they let teams back into games with what Coach Pat Mullen calls their lack of focus.
Here it comes. Brockman scores, Seth Follis hit a freebie, Brockman scores inside, Brockman scores inside, 46-35 end of third quarter.
Brockman opens the 4th with a bucket, then another. It's 46-39. The big guy cuts it to 46-41 then 46-43. He's scored 12 during a 13-0 run. Turner stops the bleeding to make it 48-43. He adds a free toss and Tiefenthaler a bucket and the Braves lead is back to 51-43 with just over a minute to play. Turner adds a dunk and a pair from the line, 55-43 with 41 ticks showing.
The Braves advance to the semifinals for the second consecutive year 57-49. Tiefenthaler and Moore combine for 25 points and 15boards. Turner added 15 and 5, Sutton 11 points. Brockman is manly once again, 29 points 15 boards.
Mountlake Terrace got the final semifinal berth, knocking off Curtis 63-56. Brad Balch's three-pointer gave Terrace a 14-11 lead 1:35 remaining in the first quarter and Coach Nalin Sood's guys never gave it back.
Terrace led by as many as 13 points, 36-23 at the 6:28 mark of the second quarter and Curtis got to within 2 at 42-40 on an Anthony Gibbs trey early in the third quarter.
In the final minute and a half Luke Hammond hit seven of eight free tosses and Mike Boxley knocked down a pair from the line to hold off the Vikings. Terrace once again spread the wealth with Christian Hammond (pictured at left above) scoring 17, Leigh Swanson 14 points with 8 boards and Luke Hammond and Boxley adding 11 points each. Boxley just missed a d-d with 9 rebounds. Sophomore guard Isaiah Thomas hit for 26 in the loss.
So the semis will be 22-5 Kentwood vs. 26-1 South Kitsap and 26-2 Bethel vs. 21-5 Mountlake Terrace.
In the consolation bracket 23-7 Prairie meets 21-6 Roosevelt, 19010 Gonzaga Prep gets 22-3 Inglemoor, 24-4 Eisenhower faces 18-10 North Kitsap and 19-7 Snohomish goes at 20-7 Curtis.
The league breakdown goes:
Big Nine 1-3