Greg McCorkle
#32 Vidale Griffin goes high for a pull up jump shot during the Sealth Basketball Jamboree on Saturday Nov. 25. The event saw teams from around the Seattle area play against one another in 10 minute matches. CLICK THE PHOTO ABOVE OR SEE THE GALLERY BELOW FOR MORE

SLIDESHOW: 2012 Chief Sealth basketball Jamboree tests teams mettle

Teams from across the Puget Sound region gathered at Chief Sealth High School on Saturday for the 2012 Basketball Jamboree.

The jamboree is an opportunity for teams to get brief playing time against other schools to assess experience and see how the chemistry of each team is playing out before the regular season starts next week.

The matchups are short, only ten minutes per game. This format is twofold. The truncated playing time keeps the possibility of injury to a minimum and allows for many teams an opportunity to participate in the jamboree.

Early in the jamboree Sealth defeated Roosevelt HS 16-15 and Evergreen HS took down Kentlake HS 27-15.
In the final game of the afternoon the Chief Sealth went heads up against Lynnwood HS. This game turned out to be the best of the day. Sealth’s defense was quick and smothering.

The Seahawks created 4 forced turnovers all leading to fast break points. While Sealth fielded a slightly smaller team they were much quicker and more agile than Lynnwood. Sealth’s defense was all over the Royals and allowed only four shot attempts from inside the paint.

The Seahawk fast break offense proved to be too much for Lynnwood, when on three occasions the Royals were caught flat footed by Forward Aaron Knox who went the distance completely unchallenged for six points.

The only question for this Seahawk squad is, will they be able to play at this high speed level for an entire game against larger opponents throughout a long season. Coach Colin Slingsby is convinced they can, saying “The outlook for this year is good."

The first test of this team comes next Tuesday November 27th when Lakes HS plays Sealth here at 7pm.

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