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Second-ranked Bellevue boys smash Seattle Prep to reach 3A District semifinals

Seattle Times staff reporters

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BELLEVUE — The Metro League tends to be the measuring stick in 3A boys basketball.

The second-ranked Bellevue Wolverines are anxious to prove they stack up well.

They did just that Tuesday with a 71-47 victory over No. 7 Seattle Prep in the quarterfinals of the Sea-King 3A District tournament at Bellevue College, clinching a regional berth.

Next up is No. 6 Eastside Catholic (19-4) in Thursday’s semifinals. And should the Wolverines (20-2) win that, they could get a shot at nationally ranked Rainier Beach in the title game.

“We’ve wanted to see how we matched up with them (Metro) all year, and now we get the chance, and we’ve got to make the most of it,” said Kyle Foreman, the KingCo 3A MVP who scored a game-high 17 points.

Bellevue, which also got 15 points from Sharif Khan, has not lost to an in-state team this season and has won 14 in a row. Seattle Prep (17-7), which plays a loser-out game Friday against Franklin (14-10), got 16 from Jordan Kitchen and 13 by Laurence Hicks.

Girls games

Mercer Island 52, West Seattle 49

Mercer Island staved off a late West Seattle comeback attempt to earn a regional berth in the quarterfinals of the Sea-King 3A District tournament at Ingraham High School.

Jessica Blakeslee had 16 points for the Islanders, who will play top-ranked Cleveland in the semifinals on Thursday.

West Seattle closed a double-digit deficit to 47-44 with three minutes remaining, but went just 3 of 8 from the free-throw line the rest of the way.

Lydia Giomi scored 20 points for West Seattle, which will play a loser-out game against Liberty on Friday at Bellevue College at 8:15 p.m.

Bellevue 62, Lakeside 53

Dejah Rogers came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points to lead the seventh-ranked Wolverines to a victory over Lakeside at Bellevue College.

Rogers scored 15 of her points in the final three quarters.

Shelby Cansler (15) and Mandy Steward (14) also hit double figures for Bellevue (19-5), which has won seven straight and 10 of its past 11.

Christina Cheledinas led Lakeside with 14 points, while Lauren Estell had 13 and Kimajah King 11.

Cleveland 70, Liberty 28

No. 1 Cleveland had no problem with Liberty in a Sea-King 3A District tournament game, dispatching the Patriots at Ingraham High School.

There was little doubt of the outcome, as Cleveland (21-2) held a 35-12 lead at halftime. The Eagles, led by Makala Roper’s 15 points, are guaranteed a berth in the regional tournament.

Other boys games

Eastside Catholic 65, Franklin 46

The sixth-ranked Crusaders (19-4) used two big runs to punch their ticket to the semis at Bellevue College.

Ian Christie scored all 14 of his points in the second half and the Crusaders also got 14 apiece from Nathan Christie and Mandrell Worthy. Max Hudgins added 12.

Franklin’s Omar Dhoble scored 10.

Rainier Beach 86, Bainbridge 48

Rainier Beach (23-0) easily handled Bainbridge, advancing to the semifinals. The No. 1 Vikings guaranteed a regional berth with the win. Bainbridge faces Mercer Island in a loser-out game Friday.

Elijah Foster led Rainier Beach with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Shaqquan Aaron added 13 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

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