STATE PREVIEW: Stanwood vs. Bellevue boys

3A state quarterfinals, Thursday, 12:15 p.m. at Tacoma Dome

Records: Stanwood 23-1; Bellevue 22-3

AP rank: Stanwood 2nd; Bellevue 3rd

Scoreczar rank: Stanwood 5th; Bellevue 2nd

How they got to Tacoma

Stanwood beat Foss 73-55 in a state-regional game at Kent-Meridian H.S.. Bellevue beat Lincoln 60-55 in a state-regional game at Mt. Tahoma H.S.

Common opponents

None

Players to watch

Stanwood—Josh Thayer, Sr., G; Drew Stang, Sr., F; Ian Zipp, Sr., G; Brady Garcea, Sr., G; Skout Roberson, Jr., W.

Bellevue—Gunther Klimes, Jr., F; Kyle Foreman, Jr., PG; Sharif Khan, So., G; Dylan Foreman, Sr., G; Jack Walton, Sr., P.

Breakdown

Stanwood and Jackson have been the top two Snohomish County basketball teams all winter, with both teams having lost only once. They didn’t face each other this season, but, in Bellevue, the Spartans get possibly the closest team to Jackson in 3A. Like the Timberwolves, Bellevue is loaded with senior talent and is battle-tested, having traveled to the same MaxPreps Holiday Tournament as Jackson back in December. With all but one player on their roster over 6-feet tall, the Wolverines are long and athletic and could pose problems for a Stanwood team that has four players who play significant minutes under 6-feet. The Spartans counter with three senior guards in Thayer, Garcea and Zipp who all create problems for opponents on both ends of the court. In the regional win over Foss, Thayer shut down Falcons star player Armond Davis in the second half to help Stanwood cruise to a state berth. All three will be asked to play big against the larger Wolverines guards in today’s quarterfinal matchup. In the paint, Stang is going to have to control Walton down low on the defensive end and contribute easy baskets and putbacks to aid the Spartans offense.

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Prediction: Stanwood, 67-65

Aaron Swaney, Herald Writer

The Spartans’ road to Tacoma

Drew Stang spent his summer playing with some of the state’s best

Stanwood destroys eventual SPSL 3A champ Enumclaw

Spartans pull away late to beat rival Arlington

Big fourth quarter leads Stanwood past 4A-power Union

Stanwood beats Jefferson at ShoWare Shootout

Stanwood beats Glacier Peak in first Wesco 3A crossover test

Stanwood defeats Mountlake Terrace in Wesco 3A showdown

Stanwood finishes regular season unbeaten for first time since 1948

Stang records triple-double in win in district opener

Spartans beat Mountlake Terrace in district semifinals for regional berth

Stanwood loses to Shorecrest in district championship game

Stanwood outlasts Foss in second half to punch ticket to Tacoma

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