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Mixed bag Tuesday for GSL in hoop playoffs

After watching Tuesday night’s basketball game at Gonzaga Prep and reading some other results, my suspicion that the Greater Spokane League wasn’t that good seemed confirmed. Then Lewis and Clark produced a 75-73 double overtime win in Pasco and it seemed to show further how unpredictable basketball has become.

GSL champ Gonzaga took it on the chin against Columbia Basin Big Nine No. 4 team Richland 54-45. The No 2 Tigers beat the CBBN No. 3 in 4A. Mt. Spokane was eliminated by Sunnyside in 3A 51-45. Fourth time proved a charm for Rogers which ousted North Central 55-43 after losing to the Indians three times during the year.

No. 1 Mead’s girls won easily over No. 4 Eastmont 49-27, but No. 2 LC was beaten 70-52 by CBBN No. 3 Walla Walla and Darcy Weisner’s freshman daughter Jamie (28 points, 19 rebounds). In 3A, North Central shocked East Valley to advance with its third win this year. Mt. Spokane lost 60-63 in a heartbreaker to Hanford in Richland.

4A teams play Friday and 3A on Saturday. Buy a Spokesman-Review for teams and times.


We’ll see how we fare, Regional begins

The Lewis and Clark-Pasco boys basketball game concludes tonight’s first round of the regional basketball playoffs, but it could be a litmus test for our chances when the CBBN 6 take on the GSL 2.

“Pasco is a horrible matchup for us and we’re a horrible matchup for Pasco,” said coach Jeff Norton.

No. 1s on same regional side

Greetings from Tacoma. Survived the first day of wrestling and gymnastics thanks with help from Doug Drowley who works with The Tacoma News-Tribune. I’ll get back to the Tacoma Dome later. First it’s about basketball. Tuesday’s regional for 4A was thrown into a cocked hat when Lewis and Clark’s girls and Eisenhower’s boys, both previously unbeaten, were upset in their respective finals. That means the Tigers are on the same side as Columbia Basin Big Nine assuming both reach next Friday’s semifinals. and the Cadets are on the same side as GSL No. 1 Gonzaga Prep. Don’t know if that’s good or bad news, although it could be an advantage, particularly for GSL girls, giving both Mead  and LC better odds to win for an all-GSL final. Of course it could also work the other way. Say Prep beats Ike. That puts the Cadets in the loser’s bracket and if LC drops down, the Tigers will have their work cut out for a state spot.

One whale of a game at Shadle

The near-capacity crowd in Shadle Park’s new gymnasium were treated to a whale of a basketball game between teams now tied for first place among Greater Spokane League boys with 13-2 records. There was good defense - although Bullpups coach Mike Haugen didn’t think it was good as could be - spectacular play and an other-worldly effort by Anthony Brown. He scored 30 points had a bunch of rebounds and several huge plays not the least of them three blocked shots in the final three minutes that proved vital to Shadle’s 65-60 win.

Mediocrity behind leaders

After tonight’s Greater Spokane League boys basketball turn of events I guess you have to tell it like it is. Behind Gonzaga Prep (12-1) and Shadle Park (11-1) mediocrity reigns. Both won fairly comfortably tonight, although watching the helter-skelter play between the Highlanders and University was a bit unnerving. Then there was this - East Valley 63, Ferris 61 in overtime as the Knights rained 3-pointers and the Saxons made just 8 of 14 free throws - AT HOME.

LC completed its sweep of North Central (by a total of seven points) and Rogers outraced Mead in another game where teams try to impose their will (style) and defense becomes an afterthought. Entertaining, but not conducive to consistency.

So here we are: North Central 7-5, Ferris 7-6, CV and Rogers 6-6, LC 6-7, Mead 5-7, Mt. Spokane 4-7. Flip a coin.

Topsy Turvy GSL enters second half

Will order be restored and the cream begin to rise in the Greater Spokane boys basketball league? Or can we expect the unexpected to continue because there so much parity? That was the theme I explored in my story this week in The Spokesman-Review Prep Page. If the way this week began it appears things may be beginning to sort out. But just as I think that, something else wild and wacky will occur.

At any rate, you be the judge.

Timely shots, overtime win

Who’s shot was the biggest Tuesday night during the Rubber Chicken match when Ferris survived against Lewis and Clark in one of the more entertaining games during their long South Hill Rivalry and history of Chuck.

Was it the made free throw, his second of two attempts, by Connor Halliday tied the game and preciptated OT? Was it the putback of his own two missed free throws by Justin Stewart that tied the game in overtime when LC could have had the lead and the ball with  three minutes remaining?

You make the call. Our Washington Prep’s filter is back - there’s no excuse not to sign up and weigh in.


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