REGIONAL PREVIEW: Hoquiam vs. King’s boys

  • Thu Feb 27th, 2014 11:32pm
  • Sports

Herald staff

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Where: Mountlake Terrace H.S.

Records: King’s 22-2; Hoquiam 16-7

AP rank: King’s 3rd; Hoquiam NR

Scoreczar rank: King’s 2nd; Hoquiam 26th

Key wins: King’s—Seattle Academy (twice), Enumclaw, Cedarcrest (twice), Friday Harbor, Cedar Park Christian-Bothell; Hoquiam—Elma, Castle Rock.

How they got to regionals: King’s beat Cedar Park Christian-Bothell in the championship game of the District 1/2/3 Tri-District to earn the tri-district’s No. 1 seed; Hoquiam lost to Kalama in the District 4 third-place game to earn the district’s No. 4 seed.

Players to watch: King’s—Calvin Kispert, F; Corey Kispert, G; Brett Jones, G/F; Jacob Storkson, G/F, Noah Bundrant, G. Hoquiam—Evan Newton, G; Blake Kelly, P; Jerod Steen, G; Jack Adams III, G.

Breakdown: In 2014, King’s has been one of the hottest teams in the state of Washington. After a loss to Lynden on Dec. 30, the Knights have reeled off 16 straight wins by an average margin of victory of nearly 24 points per game. Freshman guard Corey Kispert and junior Bundrant have been a steady backcourt presence that can hit daggers from behind the arc, while Calvin Kispert and Brett Jones have controlled the paint. King’s will have a distinct height advantage over the smaller Grizzlies, who are led by a trio of guards Newton, Steen and Adams III. Kelly averages 8.0 points per game and leads the team in rebounds and blocked shots, but he and the rest of his teammates will have their hands full tonight.

Prediction: King’s, 63-47