No. 1 Rainier Beach has narrow escape | Friday's Boys Basketball Highlights
Rainier Beach needed a four-point play from Naim Ladd with 11. 5 seconds remaining to avoid an upset loss to Lakeside as the state's top-ranked...
Rainier Beach needed a four-point play from Naim Ladd with 11.5 seconds remaining to avoid an upset loss to Lakeside as the state's top-ranked Class 3A boys basketball team escaped with a 68-66 Metro League victory Friday night at Beach.
Lakeside led 66-63 when Ladd was fouled while making a three-point shot. His free throw put Beach up 67-66.
After a charging call on a Lions player, the Vikings added a free throw with less than a second remaining for the final margin.
Anrio Adams of Rainier Beach and D'Marques Tyson of Lakeside each scored 19 points.
It was the final regular-season game for both teams. The next game for Beach (19-1, 15-0 Metro Sound) will be Tuesday in the Metro League tournament.
• Ninth-ranked Kentwood used a 21-5 second-quarter run to beat Tahoma 53-40 and join Kent-Meridian in a tie for the SPSL North lead. The Conquerors (12-6, 10-4) will host the Royals (12-6, 10-4) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to break the tie for the division lead. Both teams finish the regular season Monday, with Kent-Meridian playing at Auburn and Kentwood hosting Auburn Riverside. Next Friday, the North champion plays the South champ at the ShoWare Center in Kent for the SPSL title and top seed to the following week's district tournament.
• No. 6 Garfield trailed by a point at halftime before outscoring Newport 23-7 in the third quarter on the way to a 73-63 KingCo 4A victory at Newport. Tucker Haymond had 18 points and Tre'Vaunte Williams and Pierre Wright scored 15 each for Garfield. Isaac Dotson scored 22 and Will Ferris 16 for the Knights. The Crown Division champion Bulldogs (14-5, 12-2) finish the regular season Saturday night at home against second-place Roosevelt.
• Leslie Ellis and Jason Harrington each scored 22 as Redmond beat Inglemoor 68-60 in KingCo 4A. The Mustangs finished second in the Crest Division behind third-ranked Skyline.
• Nathan Hale outscored sixth-ranked Franklin 20-9 in the final quarter for a 58-47 upset victory on the Raiders' floor in a regular season-ender. Badhasa Margarsa scored 19 points, Julijs Pruzinskis 17 and Destin Kawaka 16 for Hale, which outscored the Quakers (15-5, 12-3 Metro Valley) in the second half, 40-20.
• Matt Staudacher scored 19 points and Darien Nelson-Henry 15 as No. 8 Lake Washington (16-4, 12-2) clinched the KingCo 3A/2A regular-season championship with a 61-41 win at home over Mount Si. The Kangs went into the night tied for the lead with Bellevue, which lost at Mercer Island. LW next plays on Tuesday at Bellevue College in the conference tournament.
• Mitch Penner scored 27 points as No. 9 Kennedy Catholic (15-2, 12-0), after a slow start, stayed perfect in the Seamount League with a 73-39 rout at home against Tyee. The Lancers led only 13-12 going into the second quarter.
• Decatur capped a perfect SPSL 3A season as the Gators (16-4, 10-0) held off Auburn Mountainview at home, 65-62, despite Marion Beauchamp's 22 points for the Lions. Abraham Ferrell-Logan scored 18 and Dom Hunter and Markus Rawls had 14 each for Decatur.
• Tony Chynoweth, a 6-2 junior, had a season-high 32 points as Bonney Lake edged Enumclaw 72-69 in an SPSL 3A game.
• Sophomore guard Austin Soukup scored a season-high 31 points in Eastside Catholic's 70-57 Metro win at West Seattle.
• Ingraham's Malik Barnes scored 29 in a 65-61 Metro loss to Cleveland.
• No. 7 Sumner squeezed past No. 6 White River at home, 41-34, in a matchup of teams chasing first-place Clover Park in the SPSL 2A.
• Ethan Mitchell, Bryce Oldham and Nick Schubert each scored 13 points and second-ranked Bellevue Christian roared to a 20-5 first-quarter lead in a 64-39 Emerald City League win at Overlake. Monday night, Bellevue Christian (14-5, 10-1) hosts Seattle Academy to decide the regular-season title.
• No. 3 King's, coming off upset losses to Granite Falls and Cedarcrest on back-to-back nights Tuesday and Wednesday, bounced back to beat Sultan 52-35 and clinch the Cascade Conference championship. James McCutchen and Christian Taylor each scored 12 for King's. The Knights (16-4, 12-2) play at Lynden Christian of the Northwest League Wednesday night for the top seed to the Tri-District tournament.
• Second-ranked Bear Creek (16-2, 10-0) stayed unbeaten in the Sea-Tac 2B League as Lucas Fernandez and Jesse Leuenberger each scored 13 in a 61-23 win at home against Crosspoint Academy. Bear Creek finishes the regular season at Chief Leschi Tuesday night.