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Bremerton boys basketball team to open state against powerhouse Rainier Beach

The Bremerton High School boys basketball team will face perennial powerhouse Rainier Beach High School in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament.

The Knights (16-7) lost consecutive seeding games Friday and Saturday after securing a berth to the tournament last week and will play at noon Wednesday at the Tacoma Dome.

Rainier Beach (22-3) is ranked No. 2 in the state and won the Metro League title. The Vikings are 22-0 against teams from Washington, with their only losses coming to Oregon schools in December.

The team is making its 13th consecutive state-tournament appearance, winning it in 2002, 2003 and 2008 and placing second in 2001 and 2004.

A win over the Vikings would propel Bremerton to a matchup Thursday against the winner of Wednesday's Union High School-North Central High School game.

The tournament is double-elimination, meaning the Knights' will play again Thursday regardless of Wednesday's outcome.

Bremerton lost 66-50 to Franklin Pierce High School on Friday and 61-56 to Renton High School on Saturday, dropping to a No. 8 seed. This is the Knights first appearance at state since 1999, when it finished fifth.

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