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Washington (WIAA) 1B high school boys basketball state tournament: 2024 predictions, top players

Top-ranked Lummi and No. 2 Wellpinit are separated by more than 300 miles, but they're much closer on the court
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After four grueling days of basketball at the Spokane Arena this week, somebody will be dancing with the big WIAA gold ball Saturday night.

Lummi is seeded No. 1 and could be on a collision course with defending champion Wellpinit, who is seeded second

Here are SBLive WA's teams and players to watch, and round-by-round predictions - complete with a championship-game pick.


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(Wednesday first-round games in Spokane)

G1: No. 11 Muckleshoot Tribal (20-6) vs. No. 6 Cusick (19-4), 9 a.m. (Winner plays No. 4 DeSales at 9 a.m. Thursday)

G2: No. 15 Summit Classical (18-7) vs. No. 7 Mossyrock (16-7), 10:30 a.m. (Winner plays No. 1 Lummi Nation at 10:30 a.m. Thursday)

G3: No. 12 Oakesdale (17-7) vs. No. 5 Neah Bay (17-5), 12:15 p.m. (Winner plays No. 3 Moses Lake/Covenant Christian at 12:15 p.m. Thursday)

G4: No. 15 Columbia Adventist (17-8) vs. No. 8 Naselle (19-4), 2 p.m. (Winner plays No. 2 Wellpinit at 2 p.m. Thursday)

Semifinals Friday: 7:15 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Championship game Saturday: 3 p.m.

FAVORITE: Wellpinit

More than 6 hours and 330 miles separate top-seeded Lummi and No. 2 Wellpinit, but there's little difference between the the Blackhawks and the Redskins, who have won 23 and 14 straight games, repectively.


2022-2023 Washington high school boys basketball: Cusick vs. Wellpinit in Class 1A quarterfinals


F Grant Denison, Wellpinit, sr. (14.5 ppg, 12.2 rpg)

G Jacob Lindstrom, Naselle, jr. (18.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.7 apg)

G Jonah Robertson, Moses Lake/Covenant Christian, sr. (16.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.0 apg)

G Bode Seymour, Cusick, sr. (19.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 4.0 spg)

G Jerome Toby, Lummi, soph. (21.7 ppg, 5.9 apg, 2.5 spg)

PLAYER TO WATCH: Jerome Toby, Lummi Nation

The son of the Blackhawks' coach has been a starter since the eighth grade, and will lead Lummi's pursuit of its first championship.


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First-round picks:

Cusick over Muckleshoot Tribal

Mossyrock over Summit Classical

Neah Bay over Oakesdale

Naselle over Columbia Adventist

Quarterfinal picks:

Cusick over DeSales

Lummi Nation over Mossyrock

Neah Bay over Moses Lake Christian/Covenant Christian

Wellpinit over Naselle

Semifinal picks:

Lummi Nation over Cusick

Wellpinit over Neah Bay

Championship pick:

Wellpinit 65, Lummi Nation 61


(Featured photo by Tommy Wolf/LitMediaProductions)