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Runnin’ through Class 4A WIAA regional boys basketball: Mount Si, Gonzaga Prep make for top billing

What is the top-billed matchup? Who is the darkhorse to make a run in Tacoma? Which player is the biggest lock to drop 30?

With the 16-team field set for regional round of the WIAA Class 4A boys basketball tournament, set for March 2-5 at the Tacoma Dome, here is SBLive's weekend overview of the matchups, players to watch — and game score predictions:



Tahoma's Cooper Church.

Tahoma's Cooper Church.


Collectively, there might not be a game with more D1 athletes on the floor at the same time in the regional round than Gonzaga Prep-Mount Si. Led by UC San Diego-bound Quin Patterson, Mount Si's loaded arsenal of impact players will face a typically-disciplined Matty McIntyre defense and recent Oregon State commit Jayden Stevens and dominant Wildcats 6-9 forward Miles Heide will collide.


Dylan Darling set GSL records in single-game scoring (53 points) and season scoring average (34.3 points per game). He is a walking bucket.


A 5-seed may not be considered a darkhorse, but pay attention to the momentum brewing at Tahoma, playing in its first state tournament since 1981 after defeating 4A NSPL champ Federal way for the first time since 2013.



Yanni Fassillis, who transferred from Washougal in the offseason, has been a difference-maker down low for Union.

Yanni Fassillis, who transferred from Washougal in the offseason, has been a difference-maker down low for Union.

No. 1 Mount Si vs. No. 8 Gonzaga Prep

2 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue College

Skinny: The wire-to-wire No. 1 Wildcats' present for weeping its way to a league, district title? The red-hot Bullpups, who have momentum coming off of a district title thriller.

Pick: Mount Si, 79-75.


No. 2 Curtis vs. No. 7 Davis

2 p.m. Saturday, Foss High School, Tacoma

Skinny: Now we will know what the 4A CBBN champion Pirates, who carry the second-weakest strength of schedule in 4A, are made of, facing a No. 2 Curtis team playing its best basketball of the season.

Pick: Curtis, 75-62.


No. 3 Union vs. No. 6 Mariner

10 a.m. Saturday, Battle Ground High School

Skinny: When healthy, Mariner has been tremendous this season. 4A GSHL champ Union can say the same — it has only lost twice at full strength.

Pick: Union, 70-66.


No. 4 Kamiakin vs. No. 5 Tahoma

4 p.m. Saturday, Richland High School

Skinny: Who will emerge among the tall trees down low — Tahoma standout frontcourt of Carson Talbert (6-7) and Cooper Church (6-9), or Oregon State-bound Tyler Bilodeau?

Pick: Kamiakin, 71-62.



No. 9 Federal Way vs. No. 16 Eastmont

4 p.m. Saturday, Auburn High School

Skinny: If Federal Way plays the way it wants to play — up tempo, aggressive defensively — and one of Isaiah Afework, Dase Pleasant and Vaughn Weems get going? Watch out.

Pick: Federal Way, 73-61.


No. 10 Glacier Peak vs. No. 15 Graham-Kapowsin

4 p.m. Saturday, Everett Community College

Skinny: A scary team to face in a loser-out situation is Graham-Kapowsin, which is led by a senior Fresno State football commit — Josh Wood — who was a GEICO National Bowl Series darling in December and put an end to wire-to-wire top-10 Camas' season in districts — in OT.

Pick: Glacier Peak, 70-62.


No. 11 Olympia vs. No. 14 Jackson

2 p.m. Saturday, Tumwater High School

Skinny: Junior Sylas Williams turned some monster performances early in the season. Then defenses threw more at him. Who has the bigger game: Williams, or prolific Olympia point guard Parker Gerrits.

Pick: Olympia, 65-58.


No. 12 Central Valley vs. No. 13 Woodnville

6 p.m. Saturday, University High School, Spokane

Skinny: Led by Dylan Darling, the Bears are coming off of a 60-57 elimination game win over Richland in the district third place game. Meanwhile the Falcons were able to disrupt top-ranked Mount Si's guards in the 4A WesKing district title game.

(READ: Record-breaking Dylan Darling is carrying Central Valley's tournament hopes on his shoulders)

Pick: Central Valley, 68-63.