Semifinal Preview:Rainier Beach vs. Squalicum

Rainier Beach has been one of the most dominant teams in the state over the last decade, producing stars like Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson, and the Stewart twins. The Viking legacy continues this year, with Rainier Beach meeting Squalicum in the second boy's semifinal game tonight.

Location/Time:

Tonight, March 7th at 7:30 p.m. at the Bank of America Arena

Record:

Rainier Beach- 27-1 overall (16-0 in league) in Metro Sound Division

Squalicum- 23-1 overall (14-1 in league) in Northwest League

Outlook:

Rainier Beach is undefeated against teams in 3A this year, with their only blemish coming to 4A power Franklin early in the season. The Vikings have been on a tear since that loss, winning their last 25 games on their way to a semifinal berth. Beach is absolutely stacked with talent again this year, with four players averaging more than 11 points per game. Above all, the Viking have a great amount of height as a team, with starting forward Nyandigisi Moikobu and starting guards Aaron Dotson and Michael Ladd all checking in at least 6-foot-4. Senior point guard Reggie Moore facilitates the show for the Vikings, averaging 13.4 points per game. With all of this talent on the roster, the Vikings are destroying their opponents so far this week to the tune of a 37 point average margin of victory.

Squalicum is also undefeated against 3A teams this year, with their only loss coming against interclassification league rival Lynden. Squalicum has been impressive so far in the tournament as well, beating West Seattle 74-43 in the first round, and defeating West Valley (Seattle) 53-37. Nick Stackhouse has been one of the top performers on the tournament so far, averaging 22 points per game through Thursday. Keith Stackhouse has also been productive, averaging 13 points per game. While this team is obviously talented, it will take a perfect storm for Squalicum to beat Rainier Beach.

Prediction:

Rainier Beach is too talented to not at least play for the state championship game. Vikings move on, 65-50.


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