Renton Boys Hold Off Lindbergh, 56-51

Seventh ranked Indians improve to 12-0, face Kennedy Catholic next Friday at home

The Renton boys basketball team held off a hot shooting Lindbergh team to win 56-51 Friday night to remain undefeated in Seamount League play.

The seventh ranked Indians (6-0 league, 12-0 overall) controlled most of the game, even being up 15 points with 5:37 left in the third period when the Eagles (2-3 league, 4-7 overall) outscored the Indians  28-13 to tie the game at 49 with 3:48 left in the game.

Senior guard Lavelle Smith took over the game scoring four points, including two from the free throw line to put the Indians ahead. Lindbergh held Renton to just 10 points in the fourth.

Lindbergh senior wing Colin Malone led all scorers with  17 points; Smith led the Indians with 13. Seniors Donovan Saario and Jonathan Patterson provided 11 additional points each for the Indians.

"Records don't mean anything when it comes to a Hazen or Lindbergh game," said Renton Head Coach Rick Comer after the game. "Lindbergh did a great job tonight. Our assistant coach Rashaad Powell told the boys, "if it's close, it's going to be a dog fight."

With the Indians off to the hottest start since 2008, it's also the school's 60th anniversary to its first of several state basketball titles.

"This team has made its own identity. We are focused on Tyee on Tuesday and then each game after that," said Comer.

Playoffs ahead

With non-league play complete, each team has nine games remaining in the regular season before Sub-District playoffs begins.

Renton's boys and girls teams look to take the league's top 2A seed; however, the Lindbergh boys, who finished fifth last year at 2A state, are out of the playoffs unless the Eagles can win seven or more of their last nine games. Lindbergh has key games at Foster (Jan. 9), Kennedy (Jan. 16), at Evergreen (Jan. 18), at Renton (Jan. 30).

Allocations to the sub-district playoffs were reduced by one school for the 2A and 3A playoffs. Last year Bremerton was part of the 3A group, but moved to 2A this year, giving the Olympic League the additional allocation as the teams qualify for the West Central District tournament.

Current boys playoff seeds to subdistricts (if season ended today):

2A - Renton, Evergreen, Foster (Lindbergh out)

3A - Kennedy Catholic, Hazen

Current girls playoff seeds to subdistricts (if season ended today):

2A - Renton, Foster, Lindbergh

3A - Kennedy Catholic, Hazen


Current league standings and schedules

Current boys state rankings as provided by the ScoreCzar.

Current girls state rankings as provided by the ScoreCzar.

Angel January 09, 2013 at 10:38 PM
I am very proud of the boys this year. Much better. But, I really would like to see some more articles or any for that fact on the girls team. They are a really good team and i just don't see you posting any articles about them. Please can you spread the praise???? thank you! parent of a lady indian basketball player
Eric-kim Clayton January 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Everybody likes a winner. The key for Renton is to keep winning. If you win enough in this society, everyone who has conciously and sub-conciously direspected or disavowed you will come around. Any losses this season will result in a "I told you so." Keep winning until you win the 2A crown and you will get some modicum of respect..but never as much as if Lindbergh, Hazen, or Liberty accomplished the same thing with more losses. It is just the way it is and will always be...Renton can't get respect Athletically, Socially, or Academically...even though it has made great strides in all of these areas.


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