THE 907 PLAYBOOK - HARDWOOD CLASSIC DAY 1 & 2
It's that wonderful time of year again in the Tacoma Dome. As day 2 for the 3A is wrapping up, we've seen some incredible action from the youth and I'm here to re-cap it all for you. Day one saw the opening round and 3 strong statements and one tough battle for out hometown Wilson Rams. The day opened with Seattle Prep take down Timberline 71-53 with strong defense in the closing quarters. Prep would go on to face the undefeated Abes on day 2. Next we saw Stanwood v Shorecrest. Wood got the win by 12 and got the pleasure of taking on Nathan Hale next. In our third game, the Wilson Rams took on Olympia powerhouse Capital Cougars. This one came down to the end and some strong play from Emmitt Matthews Jr and Capitals lack of paint shooting, the Rams held on 58-53. Finally Rainier Beach blew out Bellevue 69-38.
Back at it for day two! We opened up with the Lincoln Abes looking to keep their streak alive vs Seattle Prep. Trevante Anderson led the Abes with 17 points and was active on both ends of the court as he had four fouls. Prep pulled close early 4th with good perimeter shooting but couldn't get it done in the end as the Abes got the dub 70-58. Next we had the other unbeaten as Nathan Hale took on Stanwood. Not much to be said here other than wow Hale is for real and made this look like a practice scrimmage. They won 86-63. Now we actually get to see the matchup I talked about earlier. The two unbeatens, Abes v Raiders Friday.3rd matchup saw Wilson take on W. Seattle. The Rams never really held a lead and West was able to shut down all other threats except for Matthews Jr. W. Seattle takes down the Rams ending their title bid. 62-54. Last up was a hard fought Metro matchup between Garfield and The Beach Boys. The lead in this one probably changed a few dozen times and they definitely make it tough for the officials. Man what a game though, a huge rally by Beach with 30 seconds left brought them back from 11 down and they took it to the very last second. Ultimately Garfield wins 59-58. What a way to close day two.
Noteworthies: Federal Way’s insane win streak came to an end with an upset by Richland, mainly due to Fed having 6 men on the court with 5 sec left which led to a tech. Also Bellarmine Preps ladies moved on with a huge win against C. Valley snapping their 52 game streak! Oh and don't worry I'm saving Foss’ recap for something special.
Sadly duty calls at work & I won't be there for the finals, but stay in the loop on the twittersphere @1KYLEM