Here’s an overview of the WIAA state high school Class 4A boys basketball tournament taking place Wednesday-Saturday at the Tacoma Dome:
WEDNESDAY GAMES (winner to Thursday quarterfinals, loser out)
No. 11 Skyview (18-9) vs. No. 6 West Valley (Yakima) (19-3), 3:45 p.m.
Winner: Plays No. 4 Central Valley (22-2), 3:45 p.m.
No. 10 Olympia (20-6) vs. No. 7 Auburn (23-6), 5:30 p.m.
Winner: Plays No. 1 Union (25-0), 5:30 p.m.
No. 12 Battle Ground (15-10) vs. Federal Way (23-5), 7:15 p.m.
Winner: Plays No. 3 Mount Si (23-4), 7:15 p.m.
No. 9 Sumner (19-6) vs. No. 8 Gonzaga Prep (18-7), 9 p.m.
Winner: Plays No. 2 Glacier Peak (24-0), 9 p.m.
Union has skeletons of last yearâ€™s early exit to exorcise. The Titans came in the top overall seed with a first round bye, but couldnâ€™t hit shots in a quarterfinal loss to Curtis. This year, the Titans are 25-0, have Mr. Basketball in Tanner Toolson in their backcourt and are determined to get over the mental roadblock of last yearâ€™s disappointment.
The Central Valley boys donâ€™t have quite the same level of success that the girls program attained in 2018 when it won a national championship (but who does?) in its past. But the Bears, who are led by Jayce Simmons and pride themselves in balanced scoring, are in strong position to make a deep run with a first-round bye
Gonzaga Prep is among the hottest teams in the state right now, even after a close regional round loss to Union. If Matty McIntyreâ€™s two-time defending state champ Bullpups beat Sumner in the first round, theyâ€™ll get one of two undefeated teams in the field in Glacier Peak, which is coming off of a landslide regional win.
SIX PLAYERS TO WATCH
G Tanner Toolson, Union, sr.
G Tucker Molina, Glacier Peak, jr.
G Jabe Mullins, Mount Si, sr.
G Liam Lloyd, Gonzaga Prep, sr.
F/C Kaden Perry, Battle Ground, jr.
C Jackson Grant, Olympia, jr.
FIRST-ROUND GAME TO KEEP AN EYE ON
Battle Ground vs. Federal Way: The Eagles sport a complete roster led by state tournament-tested point guard Jaylen-Wes Williams, sharpshooter Bradley Graham, multi-faceted scorer Peter Erickson and post Jared Franklin, and theyâ€™ll aim to bounce back from a regional seeding game loss to Central Valley by taking on one of the stateâ€™s most prolific big men in Kaden Perry and Battle Ground. Perry, a Gonzaga commit, has been on a tear averaging more than 20 points and 10 boards. Question is, can his senior guards Brendan Beall and Nate Millspaugh provide enough scoring to overcome the Eaglesâ€™ depth?
Skyview 69, West Valley (Yakima) 65
Olympia 55, Auburn 54
Federal Way 71, Battle Ground 65
Gonzaga Prep 75, Sumner 64
Glacier Peak 71, Gonzaga Prep 69
Mount Si 68, Federal Way 66
Union 76, Olympia 59
Central Valley 65, Skyview 58
Union 75, Central Valley 70
Mount Si 71, Glacier Peak 69 (OT)
Union 79, Mount Si 72
Daily: $15 for adults, and $12 for students/senior citizens (Wed.-Fri.) $16 for adults, $13 for students/senior citizens. (Sat.)
Weeklong: $38 for adults, $30 for students/senior citizens (Thu-Sat.). $50 for adults, $39 for students/senior citizens (Wed.-Sat.)