With no players from the Seattle area on either of the 4A or 3A all-state teams Saturday, Tacoma stole the show.
Lincoln High School’s Josiah Barsh led all scorers with 24 points, Foss’ Haywood Irwin had 20 and Keun Palu-Thompson of Wilson added 10 as their Class 3A all-state team rolled to a 125-83 victory over the Class 4A team at Eastside Catholic.
Barsh, Irwin and Palu-Thompson’s teams in the 3A Narrows League all fell one game short of reaching the state tournament at the Tacoma Dome two weeks ago.
“No one out here really knows about the Narrows League and what we have to bring,” Barsh said. “So I just came out here to just show them what I got and these other Narrows League dudes showed them what they got.”
This game was just that — a show.
The teams were assembled by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA). It included a Bellevue-to-Bellevue connection, with Kyle Foreman, who will play for Boston University later this year, finding Gunther Klimes, a West Point signee, twice for dunks in the second half.
Eastside Catholic had its star duo in guard Mandrell Worthy, who will play at Montana State, and forward Matisse Thybulle, a signee with Washington. Worthy lobbed it to Thybulle for a one-handed alley-oop dunk in the second half.
But it was Barsh’s slam that sucked the life out of the Class 4A team. Barsh drove from the right wing and dunked it with his left hand with about six minutes to play in the second half — putting the Class 3A team ahead, 97-70.
“We just knocked down a couple of shots and that got our confidence up and our lead went from like 20 to 30,” Irwin said.
Dominic Green, a Hazen senior headed to Arizona State in the fall, had 21 points for the Class 3A team.
Union’s Micah Paulson led the 4A team with 22 points, including 14 in the first half. His Union teammate, Riley Hawken, added 16 and Stadium’s Bobby Moorehead scored 12 to ensure all of the Tacoma players scored in double figures.
Though four high schools from Seattle placed in the 3A state tournament this past week (Garfield, Rainier Beach, Lakeside and Seattle Prep) not one had players in the game.
Rainier Beach’s Dejounte Murray, a UW signee, was named WIBCA’s Mr. Basketball — the top player in the state — but did not play because of a prior engagement.
Chelan’s Hank Hollingsworth had 16 points for the Class 1A team.
White River’s Dustin France had seven points for the Class 2A team. Charles Wright’s Rahsaan Mills scored five and Vashon’s Jessie Norton scored two for the Class 1A team.
Garfield-Palouse’s Tyler Thurman scored 25 points and Keanu Curleybear of Taholah added 20 for the Class 1B team.