Friday night the Metro League tipped off their first Friday night of hoops and we had two girl/boy double headers. We also had an SPSL 2A soccer match. Our re-cap stories and video highlights are all below.

Steilacoom 4, Clover Park 2

(Lakewood, WA) The Sentinels were looking to make a late season run and climb the standings while Clover Park was hoping to string some wins together to finish strong. 

Clover Park got it started after a nice steal and dish to Zarwuo Mulbah who punched it past the keeper for a Warrior 1-0 lead in the 14th minute. Steilacoom was here to compete though and would have an answer for that goal in the 29th minute when Dylan Ascipliadis broke free and popped the ball in from inside the box to even the match at 1-1 and that’s how it would go to the half.

In the 2nd half Clover Park would become generous hosts with an own goal off a Steilly corner kick. The low line drive kick was met with Juan Carlos Juarez’s head but it went the wrong way and into the net giving the Sentinels a 2-1 lead with 26 minutes to play. 

Steilacoom then rose to the challenge and in the 70th minute added an extra insurance goal when Tyler Baca received a sweet pass from the end line in front of the box with a little misdirection kick to the left it was now 3-1. Steilacoom added another goal 3 minutes later on a beautiful hooking corner kick from Micah Bain. The floated just over the finger tips Of Engelber Piza striking the top crossbar and straight down just behind the line for a goal and a 4-1 lead.

Clover Park’s Alexis Gutierrez would score in the 77th on a nice feed from Mulbah he crossed up the keeper to make it 4-2 but that would be as close as they could get dropping 4-2. Steilacoom improves to 4-3-1 for the year while Clover Park is now 4-4-1. Steilacoom finishes with a match at Foss on Tuesday and Clover Park is at Fife.

Video Highlights (John Wittig)

Girls Basketball
West Seattle 73, Rainier Beach 34

Video Highlights (Dylan Forman & Donald Watts)

Girls Basketball
Garfield 62, Eastside Catholic 56

The Garfield Bulldogs girls basketball team defeated Eastside Catholic Crusaders, 62-56, at Garfield on Friday. While both teams missed key players due to COVID protocol, the game featured periods of dominance from both teams before Garfield pulled away in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs started the game with patient ball-movement and hot outside shooting, breaking the Crusaders’ 2-3 zone on several occasions before Eastside Catholic rallied. After going behind in the third quarter, Garfield’s stamina and determination in the fourth quarter led them to victory, closing the game on a 14-2 run by creating turnovers and transition points, securing rebounds and hitting their free throws. Jala Alderson, the Thorbecke’s Home Player of the Game, exemplified her team’s resilience, causing havoc defensively and starting and finishing several plays in transition.
The Crusaders, after a slow start, began aggressively trapping the Garfield ballhandlers at the top of the 2-3 zone, creating fast-break opportunities. They built their third and fourth quarter lead by scoring after turnovers and creating second-chance opportunities on offensive rebounds. Their efforts were led by the Pacific Sports Spa Visting Player of the Game, Isabel Sullivan, who forced turnovers, handled the ball in half-court offense, scored on her lefty drives to the rim, and found open shooters all night. The Crusaders will attempt to rebound in future Metro League action next week.
Video Highlights (Connor Hartley)

Boys Basketball
Rainier Beach 67, West Seattle 45

Video Highlights (Dylan Forman & Donald Watts)

Boys Basketball
Eastside Catholic 68, Garfield 64

The visiting Eastside Catholic Crusaders defeated the hosts, the Garfield Bulldogs, 68-64 on Friday. In a rematch of last year’s state semi-final, the Crusaders got the better of the reigning state champions, hanging on to a victory in a game that became a defensive struggle in the latter parts of the evening.
The Crusaders fell behind, 4-10, before bringing Jahlayn Tuimoloau, Jacob Cofie and Kaden Ingram off the bench, who quickly spurred their team on to a 24-17 advantage. Tuimoloau, who finished the game with 21 points and won the Pacific Sports Spa Visiting Player of the Game, made a particular impact inside; the Crusaders relied on a high-low game between Cofie and Tuimoloau to create interior offense, using their size, length and quickness to finish plays at the rim. Despite being down 41-32 at halftime, the Crusaders clamped down defensively, forcing Garfield into contested jumpers and only conceding 23 points in the second half. With under a minute to play, as Garfield rallied from the free throw line, Tuimoloau scored directly off an inbounds, and-one, to wrap up proceedings.
Garfield earned leads at several moments of the game, including taking a 41-32 lead at halftime after adjusting to pick off entry passes to the Crusaders’ bigs and getting out in transition. Despite missing Koren Johnson, the Bulldogs fought valiantly, and were marching back before Tuimoloau’s three point play. Marjon Bennett’s relentless defense on Shane Nowell set the tone for his team, and created multiple stops at the end of the game. Additionally, Jaylin Stewart’s isolation scoring, Tremaine Guidry’s transition offense and Thorbecke’s Home Player of the Game Poppy Justice’s unabating attacks on the rim caused concern all night for the Crusaders. Garfield will try to turn things around next week in the Metro League.

Video Highlights (Connor Hartley)



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