The Lindbergh boys basketball (ranked #13 by the News Tribune) will face No. 7 Clover Park on Thursday at 7:15 pm during the quarterfinal round of the 2A Boys State Basketball Championships as announced Sunday during the selection show held at the WIAA office in Renton. No. 6 White River and No. 11Ellensburg are also in the lower bracket.
The Eagles knocked off third ranked Squalicum Friday night 67-64 in double overtime. Lindbergh lost to Clover Park 53-46 during the 2A West Central District game February 20. They also lost to White River in the WCD opener 48-46, February 10.
The buzz of the selection gave Lindbergh the edge to turn around those losses to wins and play in the 2A championship game Saturday at 3 p.m.
Senior Captain James Keum said "he loves the draw." Keum says they have to stop Clover Park's Ahmad Rorie who scored 34 points, mostly at the free throw line. "We make those adjustments we move on."
Keum says they need to excute better and they did not do that during their loss to White River.
First year head coach Robert Graham was all smiles with his coaching staff after the selection. "He played Clover Park, they are a well coached team. White River we lost to them by two points, its not going to be easy this time.
"We ave been the underdog all season, they look at our record (15-12) and they overlook the ability of the team.Mnay of our loses were by one or two points. I like our chances," said Graham.
For those traveling to Yakima, the WIAA has provided a fanlink for information.
Complete brackets available here.
Thursday, March 1 at SunDome in Yakima
Game 1 - Kingston (22-5) vs Anacortes (18-6) at 3:45 p.m.
Game 2 - Pullman (21-2) vs Lynden (19-5 at 5:30 p.m.
Game 3 - Clover Park (21-5) vs Lindbergh (15-12) at 7:15 p.m.
Game 4 - White River (22-6) vs Ellensburg (19-4) at 9 p.m.
Friday, March 2
Game 5 - loser game 1 vs loser game 2 at 12:15 p.m. (loser out)
Game 6 - lose game 3 vs loser game 4 at 2 p.m. (loser out)
Game 7 - winner game 1 vs winner game 2 at 7:15 p.m.
Game 8 - winner game 3 vs winner game 4 at 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 3
Game 9 - winner game 5 vs winner game 6 at 9:30 a.m. (winner 4th place, loser 6th place)
Game 10 - loser game 7 vs loser game 8 at 1 p.m. (winner 3rd place, loser 5th place)
Game 11 - winner game 7 vs winner game 8 at 3 p.m. (winner state champion, loser 2nd place).
Update 8:20 pm
Many have asked about the rankings of teams and just how big was Lindbergh's win over Squalicum Friday night. The Patch used the Associated Press rankings which were finalized February 15. AP rankings were, 1. Clover Park, 2. Lynden, 3T. Pullman and Squalicum, 5. West Valley Spokane, 6. Anacortes, 7. White River, 8. Mark Morris, 9. Sumner, 10. River Ridge.
The Seattle Times only ranks 3A and 4A schools.
The News Tribune published its final rankings on February 21, this reflected what happened at the district tournaments, including Clover Park losing. Their rankings were (teams in bold remain in tournament): 1. Squalicum, 2. Pullman, 3. Lynden, 4. West Valley Spokane, 5. Sumner, 6. White River, 7. Clover Park, 8. Cedarcrest, 9. River Ridge, 10. Anacortes, 11. Ellensburg, 12. Kingston, 13. Lindbergh, 14. Mark Morris, 15. North Thurston, 16. Toppenish.
If Squalicum was number 1, the rest of the teams remaining better lookout for number 13. Teams in bold on the News Tribune