Class 4A Boys Basketball Tournament at a glance
By CASEY OLSON
Federal Way Mirror Sports editor
March 2, 2009 · Updated 1:16 PM
Class 4A State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Tacoma Dome
Opening round, Wednesday
9 a.m.: Inglemoor vs. Roosevelt
10:30 a.m.: Kentridge vs. Mariner
Noon: Redmond vs. Federal Way
2 p.m.: Beamer vs. Walla Walla
3:30 p.m.: Curtis vs. Eisenhower
5 p.m.: Mountlake Terrace vs. Foss
7 p.m.: Gonzaga Prep vs. Decatur
8:30 p.m. Lake Stevens vs. Garfield
Federal Way Eagles (24-2)
The Eagles enter the tournament as the consensus No. 1 team in the state and are riding a 13-game winning streak, which includes the SPSL and West Central District championships. Federal Way has the most depth and athleticism in the tournament and are led by guards Michael Hale (15.2 points a game) and Eastern Washington-signee Jeffrey Forbes (11.5). Junior Cole Dickerson leads the Eagles in scoring at 17.6 a game and is due to explode. The 6-foot-6 Dickerson hasn't had a 20-point game since Feb. 6. Federal Way also features Washington State football recruit Andre Barrington, junior point guard Isiah Umipig and starter Robert Christopher. The Eagles play Redmond in the opening round at noon today.
The Second Tier
Garfield Bulldogs (20-3)
The Bulldogs are also rolling heading into the Tacoma Dome. Garfield has won 11 consecutive games and are led by the 6-foot-5 Tony Wroten, one of the country's top sophomores. Wroten is averaging 18.6 points a game and De'Andre Taylor is chippin in 14.6. The Bulldogs will open at 8:30 p.m. today against Lake Stevens, with a second-round matchup against Decatur looming Friday.
Decatur Gators (21-4)
The Gators stumbled during a West Central District semifinal loss to Foss last week, but bounced back with an impressive victory over Curtis Saturday to secure the district's third seed to state. The Gators are led by senior guard Marcus Tibbs, who will be starting in his third-straight Class 4A state tournament. Tibbs is averaging 16.5 points, six rebounds, six assists and shot an amazing 60 percent from the field. Sophomore Jerron Smith is averaging 15.8 points and junior Jordan McCloud is chipping in 13 points and nine rebounds. The Gators sit in the lethal bottom of the 4A bracket, which includes seven of the top-10 teams in the state. Decatur opens at 7 p.m. tonight against the sixth-ranked Gonzaga Prep Bullpups.
Foss Falcons (20-5)
The champions of the Narrows League finished second to Federal Way in the West Central District after beating Decatur in the semifinals. The Falcons are a well-balanced team who are also the only 4A team to beat Garfield this season. The Falcons had won 12-straight games before losing to the Eagles in the district title game. Foss faces Mountlake Terrace in the first round at 5 p.m.
Eisenhower Cadets (25-1)
Not a lot of people on this side of the mountains knows too much about the Cadets from Yakima. The Eastern Regional champion are 25-1 on the year and went undefeated in the Columbia Basin Big Nine's regular season. Eisenhower, which enters the tournament as the second-ranked team, is led by Taylor Elmo, who was the MVP of the district tournament. Elmo finished with 19 points and 11 rebonds during the Cadets' win over Walla Walla to win the CBBN district title Saturday, 45-42.
Beamer Titans (14-11)
The Titans are hoping to keep the Cinderella story going at the school's first-ever appearance at the state tournament. Beamer finished fifth in the SPSL South Division, but won three loser-out games in a row at the district tournament to qualify. The Titans are led by 6-foot-8 Kevin Davis and 5-foot-10 guard Napa Mefi. Davis is averaging 17 points and 14 rebounds a game and Mefi is averaging 15 points and is shooting 40 percent from behind the 3-point line. Beamer's only loss in the postseason was to Foss in their district opener. The Titans open the state tournament at 2 p.m. today against Walla Walla.
Kentridge Chargers (17-8)
The Chargers have proved that they can beat anybody this year. Kentridge beat Federal Way during the SPSL North regular season and downed highly-regarded Kentwood in a loser-out game Saturday. The Chargers are led by sophomore guard Gary Bell (18.6 points a game), who has reportedly already been offered a scholarship by the University of Washington.
Inglemoor Vikings (17-6)
The Vikings finished second to Garfield in the KingCo Tournament with a 60-55 loss and feature three double-digit scorers in Benji Bryant (17.2), Adam McElwee (13.4) and Todd Campbell (12.5). Inglemoor opens the tournament at 9 a.m. today against Roosevelt.
Walla Walla Blue Devils (19-7)
The Blue Devils lost to Eisenhower in the Eastern Washington district championship game.
Gonzaga Prep Bullpups (23-3)
The Greater Spokane League champions were upset at the district tournament by Richland, but fought back to win three-straight games to qualify for state.
Mariner Marauders (19-4)
Curtis Vikings (18-7)
Lake Stevens (20-4)
Redmond Mustangs (16-9)
Roosevelt Roughriders (14-11)
Mountlake Terrace (17-6)Contact Federal Way Mirror Sports editor Casey Olson at email@example.com or (253) 925-5565 ext. 5056.