GOTD: Mount Rainier vs. Seattle Prep

It was another exciting opening day of state tournament basketball in the 3A tournament at Bank of America Arena and the Key Arena. Wednesday's games have set up a number of interesting match-ups for Thursday, with one looking to be especially exciting. Evergreen State Preps takes a look at the first quarterfinal game between Mount Rainier and Seattle Prep...

Location/Time:

Thursday, March 6th at 4 p.m. at the Key Arena

Record:

Seattle Prep- 22-5 overall (14-2 in league) in Metro Mountain Division

Mount Rainier- 21-5 overall (12-2 in league) in Seamount League

Outlook:

Mount Rainier has advanced to the quarterfinals through the Seamount league. The Seamount league sent two teams to the state tournament, with Renton joining Mount Rainier in the tournament this weekend. Mount Rainier advanced to the quarterfinal round by beating Mount Spokane 53-48 on Wednesday. The Rams were helped by surprise scoring efforts from Tyrell Lewis and Theo Bowie, who both scored well over their season averages. Star senior guard Alfie Miller will need to step up his game for the rest of the tournament, as he scored well below his season average of 22.3 points per game with a season low seven on Wednesday. Vonchae Richardson also scored well below his average against Mount Spokane.

Seattle Prep opened the tournament with a 64-44 win over state ranked Renton. Their game with the Indians was one of the most intriguing opening round games going into the weekend, but Seattle Prep pulled away in the second half on their way to the quarterfinals. Prep got production from their normal sources against Renton, with Jack Hanley and Jordan Hamilton continuing to lead their team with 16 points and 12 points respectively. Alex Cameron also came through for Seattle Prep, scoring 12 points against Renton. Prep could make a lot of noise as the tournament continues if their main producers continue to put up their season averages.

Prediction:

Seattle Prep seems to be a force to be reckoned with in this tournament after rolling Renton by twenty points. Prep wins 70-58.


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