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What a week of basketball for the Metro Conference as Seattle Prep took down not only the number 1 team in state but number 5 team in the country, Rainier Beach. Fans realized that Seattle Prep is capable of making another run and it all starts with their playmaker, DJ Fenner.
Besides the thrilling upset over Beach, there wasn’t much action in the conference. Many of the games played out like they were predicted.
Player of the Week: DJ Fenner, Seattle Prep: Fenner once again earns player of the week honors as he led his team to victory over Eastside Catholic and Rainer Beach. The senior has been carrying this Panther team so far this season and continues to put up ridiculous numbers. Against Eastside Catholic, Fenner had 39 points and had 28 against Rainier Beach. I wouldn’t be surprised if he earns Metro Player of the Week again next week.
1. Rainier Beach (3-1) Even though the Vikings suffered a loss to Seattle Prep, they still are the best team in this conference and in state. This team is still getting used to playing with top player Shaqquan Aaron. Beach was able to handle Chief Sealth easily (90-51) and did not play their best game at Seattle Prep. I expect this team to bounce back and dominate this week as they will play some weak competition.
This Week: Bainbridge (5-2), At Nathan Hale (3-3)
2. Franklin (5-0) The Quakers remain unbeaten and continue to be dominating in the conference. They haven’t played the best competition but aren’t struggling against weak opponents. Besides Arell Hennings, another player that is stepping up for Franklin is Patrick Ball who has led the team in scoring these past couple games. Eugene Artison is another key player for Franklin that fans should keep their eye on. Franklin will remain unbeaten after this week.
This Week: Cleveland (1-5), O’Dea (3-1)
3. Seattle Prep (5-0) The Panthers did upset the No. 1 team in state and No. 5 team in the country but I still see Prep as the third best team in Metro. Looking at the stat sheet, DJ Fenner is the player that is controlling where this team goes. If Fenner doesn’t have a good game, the team fails. If he scores over half the team’s points it’s a win for Prep. Prep is team that has the capability of making a run, but in order to do so, more players need to start scoring in double figures and helping out Fenner. We’ll see how Prep plays in a hostile O’Dea environment on Tuesday.
This Week: At O’Dea (3-1), At (Brighton (Salt Lake City))
4. Lakeside (4-1) Lakeside continues to surprise people as they went 2-0 last week. Even though it was against weak competition, the Lions dominated. Tramaine Isabell is putting up solid numbers which many people expect, however his teammates are stepping up as well. D’Marques Tyson has scored in double figures the past two games and Isaiah Brown is another player who has contributed to this Lions team. We’ll see if the Lions are a contender this season when they face some tougher competition.
This Week: Eastside Catholic (3-2), Chief Sealth (5-1)
5. Eastside Catholic (3-2) The Crusaders move up to the 5th spot this week because how well they have played against quality opponents. Eastside Catholic lost to Seattle Prep by 4 points and has competed in every game they’ve played in so far this season. Mandrell Worthy is the main scorer on this team averaging 20 points per game. Austin Soukup is a player to watch as he is probably one of the most dangerous three point shooters in the conference. Plus Bill Liley is a solid head coach who knows what it takes to win anywhere.
This Week: At Lakeside (4-1), At Bainbridge (5-2)
6. Chief Sealth (5-1)
This Week: At West Seattle (0-3), At Lakeside (4-1)
7. O’Dea (3-1)
This Week: Seattle Prep (5-0), At Franklin (5-0)
8. Nathan Hale (3-3)
This Week: Ingraham (1-5), Rainier Beach (3-1)
9. Bainbridge (5-2)
This Week: At Rainier Beach (3-1), Eastside Catholic (3-2)
10. West Seattle (0-3)
This Week: Chief Sealth (5-1), Seattle Lutheran (6-1)
11. Ingraham (1-5)
This Week: At Nathan Hale (3-3), Edmonds-Woodway (3-2)
12. Cleveland (1-5)
This Week: At Franklin (5-0), Bishop Blanchet (1-7)
13. Bishop Blanchet (1-7)
This Week: At Tyee (1-5), At Cleveland (1-5)
Game of the Week: Seattle Prep (5-0) at (3-1) O’Dea (UPSET ALERT): Tuesday December 18, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Both schools hate each other with a passion. O’Dea’s been known for having a very hostile environment and will definitely give the Irish an advantage. For O’Dea to win this game, they must contain DJ Fenner and limit him to less than 20 points. If the Irish do so, then they win the game. O’Dea has the advantage inside with Jacob Lampkin, but lack having an elite scorer. This will be a close one, but DJ Fenner will be too much for O’Dea as Prep escapes with the victory. Watch out for the Irish as they will be playing their hearts out on Tuesday night.
Prediction: Prep 54-51
--Evan Baron (Follow Me On Twitter @BaselineBaron09)