(Kent,WA) On Martin Luther King Day the annual ShoWare Showcase hosted 16 teams for 8 games beginning at 9am. 4 girls teams and 12 boys battled throughout the day in a format identical to an opening day at the State Tournament. The ShoWare Center features an open ended facility where players sometime struggle to get used to along with playing on a temporary floor, the same used at the State Tourney’s. You can see our full coverage of every game from the Showcase in our story by clicking here. Below is our selection of an All-Star team for both girls and boys they were selected for their overall efforts in the Showcase games only. The girls team features an MVP, 5 1st team positions and Honorable mentions. The boys the same but with an added 2nd team due to the number of teams that competed.
Girls All-MLK Showcase Team
MVP Mikayla Pivec (Lynnwood Royals)
Mikayla was our unanimous selection for the MVP and in fact we discussed combining the girls and boys All-Showcase team and in that scenario Mikayla would have been our selection as MVP. In their win over Todd Beamer, Mikayla scored 21 points had 9 rebounds with 2 assists and 2 steals. Pivec also hit a key shot late in the 1st when the Titans were trailing by 1 15-14 and had the ball with a chance to take the lead with 24-seconds to play. After a missed shot, Pivec drove the ball down the floor and drilled a 3-point shot at the buzzer for an 18-14 lead. This led to a 25-5 run to finish the half on their way to an easy 14-0 record.
1st Team All-MLK Showcase Girls Team
Cadrice Howard (Curtis)
Cadrice had 14 points, 17 rebounds and 1 steal leading the Vikings over Bellarmine Prep.
Jordan Edwards (Lynnwood)
Jordan was solid in all area’s with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal.
Jalaiya Frederick (Curtis)
Jalaiya matched the team high scoring with 14 had 3 steals and a rebound against the Lions.
Jayanna Ervin (Bellarmine Prep)
Jayanna had an all-around effort for the Lions with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist.
Nia Alexander (Todd Beamer)
Nia gave the Titans a solid game leading the team with 10 points and added 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.
Girls Honorable Mentions
Makenzie Bond (Todd Beamer), Kelsey Rogers (Lynnwood), Peighton Perrien (Curtis)
Boys All-MLK Showcase Team
MVP Collin Welp (Seattle Prep)
Collin had an outstanding all-around game for the Panthers and scored a double/double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. His efforts were key in pulling out a last second win over the Lincoln Abes in the most competitive game of the day. Collin and his teammates withstood the constant pressure put on by the active Lincoln defense but time and again Collin would bring the ball up and work into the paint. He was 4-6 from the line and had a 3-pointer and played tough defense as well. His overall effort and impact led to taking our MVP award.
1st Team All-MLK Showcase Boys Team
Tony Miller (Woodinville)
Tony had a solid game leading the Falcons with 20 points, 11 rebounds, a blocked shot and 2 steals in their win over Tumwater. Tony also played great defense to round out an overall solid game worthy of 1st team status. Tony is also one of only 2 players that played all 32-minutes of the game. Aaron Nettles for Seattle Prep was the other player to go all 32.
Payton Pritchard (West Linn)
Payton led the Lions in a game with Wilson and helped blow open a tight game. Payton led West Linn with 16 points and added 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal.
Darius LuBom (Kentwood)
Darius had a huge game in their win over King’s with 14 points to lead the Conks and brought down 6 rebounds while tallying 2 assists and 4 steals. But it was the smothering defense Darius played against the Knights constantly in their face while playing 30-minutes of the 32.
Erik Stevenson (Timberline)
In a highly competitive game in the nightcap Stevenson came through for the Blazers knocking down 18 points and going 4-6 from the 3-point line. He grabbed 9 rebounds had an assist a blocked shot and 2 steals. He also played more than a quarter and a half with 4 fouls and never fouled out.
Nic Lynch (Seattle Prep)
Nic nearly won the MVP but the nod went to his teammate Collin Welp mainly for the intangibles Collin brings to the team and his ability to play every position on the floor. But Nic made it a difficult decision as he led the Panthers with 17 points and scored 11 of those points during the critical 2nd half where they pulled out the win over Lincoln. Nic also pulled down 9 rebounds and just missed a double/double.
2nd Team All-MLK Showcase Boys Team
Kelton Williams (Lindbergh)
Kelton led the Eagles in their win over the Vashon Island Pirates with 5 assists and 5 steals.
David Jenkins Jr (Wilson)
David had an awesome game as the leading scorer in all 6 games knocking down 23 in their game against powerful West Linn.
Corey Kispert (King’s)
Corey was the 2nd leading scorer on the day with 22 and did it inside and out with 2 powerful jams and 3 shots from behind the arc. He added 10 rebounds, a blocked shot, an assist and 4 steals. He also played all but 5-seconds of the entire game.
Rayvaughn Bolton (Kentwood)
Rayvaughn was second in scoring for the Conks in their win over King’s but led the day in all games with 7 steals. This shows how much of an all-around performance he had in the game.
Kevin Baker (Kentlake)
Kevin gave the Falcons a chance in their game with Timberline in the nightcap just missing the 20 point mark by one with 19 but he was aggressive in the paint as well pulling down 12 rebounds for the double/double while dishing 3 assists and had a blocked shot and a steal.
Honorable Mention All-MLK Showcase Boys Team
Alex Symbol-Godfrey (Vashon Island), Sam Yates (Vashon Island), Jordan Flye (Lindbergh), Ty Gentry (Tumwater), Weston Vandenhazel (Tumwater), Michael Roth (Woodinville), Micah Johnson (Woodinville), Will Mathiessen (West Linn), Jaydon Grant (West Linn), Aaron Nettles (Seattle Prep), Anthony Stokes (Wilson), Davnte Sanchez (Kentwood), Chewy Zevenbergen (King’s), Austin Curry (Timberline), Julion McBryde (Kentlake)
Special Team Award
Now you may notice we did not name one Lincoln Abe to any of these teams while everyone else did and we did that on purpose. After trying to separate who did what for the Abes we simply couldn’t see a big difference in any of them so we created a special team award. Here are the stats that highlight a total team effort: 8 different players scored with only one in double figures with 11. 8 had rebounds with the high of 6, 6 had assists with the high of 3 and 7 had steals with a high of 3. This team effort gave the Abes the win until the final 4-seconds where our Play of the Showcase took place when Kalu Strickland hit a short bank shot to give Seattle Prep the 1-point win over the Abes. So we felt a special team award was in line for this all-around team effort by Lincoln. The 8 players that shared in those numbers were Tashon Brown, Brandon Brown, Trevion Brown, Trevante Anderson, Willie Thomas, Alvin Johnson, Brandon Cotton and Dionte Simon.
Showcase Play of the Game
Seattle Prep’s Kalu Strickland scored only 4 points in the game against Lincoln but his 4-foot bank shot with just 4-seconds to play in the game was the winning shot to give the Panthers a 52-51 win over Lincoln.
Best Dressed Coach Award
Time for some fun and with this award no question in our mind who walks away with this but Timberline’s Head Coach Allen Thomas!