Jackson drops Federal Way; Snohomish out | 4A Boys Basketball
Jackson sophomore Jason Todd got 19 of his 28 points in the second half as the Timberwolves beat the Eagles to reach the quarterfinals in Tacoma.
Seattle Times staff reporter
KENT — They list him in the program as a G/F, as in Guard/Forward.
But Jackson coach Steve Johnson suggests a different moniker for sophomore Jason Todd — BP, for Basketball Player.
"I've been telling everyone who will listen to me, the guy is one of the best players, in my opinion, in the state of Washington," Johnson said. "I don't care what grade he is. I don't care what position you want to call him. The guy is a basketball player. They ought to put Basketball Player in the program, they should put BP."
The 6-foot-5 Todd proved the coach's point Friday night in the regional round of the Class 4A boys basketball playoffs at Kent-Meridian High School, scoring 19 of his 28 points in the second half to lead the No. 7 Timberwolves to a 50-45 victory over Federal Way and back to the quarterfinals at the Tacoma Dome.
Todd got it done inside and out and scored Jackson's final nine points in the final 1:55, turning a 42-41 deficit into a 50-42 advantage. After muscling in a bucket to put Jackson up 43-42, he nailed a three-pointer, then tacked on four free throws.
Federal Way (16-9), which doesn't start a senior, went scoreless for nearly 3 ½ minutes before a meaningless basket just before the final buzzer.
For Todd, the second-half motivation was simple. It was win or stay home, and Jackson (20-5) trailed by five.
"I didn't want to lose," Todd said. "I didn't want this to be my last half of the year. I didn't want my sophomore year to be over. These seniors deserved it. They deserve to go to state."
One of those seniors, Sam Brown, helped make it happen with 13 points, including a big three in the fourth.
Federal Way was led by a pair of sophomores, Brayon Blake (16 points) and Deonte Anderson (10).
Bellarmine Prep 75, Snohomish 54
Snohomish senior Luke Hamlin finished his prep career with a game-high 30 points, including five three-pointers, but the fourth-ranked Lions (23-3) from Tacoma simply had too many weapons.
Sefo Liufau, a 6-foot-4 junior, topped four Bellarmine Prep players in double figures with 25 points.
Snohomish (17-7) led 10-9 in the first quarter before the Lions raced away on a 23-5 run.
The Panthers cut a 17-point deficit to 10 with four three-pointers early in the third period, but that's as close as they got.