Eagles’ boys basketball team wins tournament opener

December 29, 2011

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 29, 2011 

Nick Price scored 17 points and Fletcher Martin added 14 points as the Issaquah High School boys basketball team defeated GP Vanier, of British Columbia, 77-33 Wednesday in the opening round of the Oregon Les Schwab Holiday Tournament in Bend, Ore.

Issaquah shot to a 15-6 first-quarter lead and held a commanding 47-17 advantage at halftime.

Jake Henke contributed eight points and Drew Danner seven points for Issaquah, which is 7-1 on the season.

In other holiday action, Skyline ran into Lincoln, of New York, one of the nation’s traditional powers, and lost 48-39 at the prestigious MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Skyline almost caught Lincoln in the fourth quarter.

With 4:50 to play, Bryan Cikatz hit a 3-pointer as the Spartans’ cut Lincoln’s lead to 38-37. However, Lincoln went on a 10-2 run to close out the game. Isaiah Whitehead, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard and regarded as one of the nation’s top sophomores, led Lincoln with 12 points.

On Tuesday, Skyline fell to Harvard-Westlake, of California, 70-58. The Spartans fought hard in the game and surprised Harvard-Westlake by holding a 34-30 lead at halftime. Skyline held the lead at times in the third quarter, too. Nick Kassuba connected on a basket to put the Spartans ahead 40-39 in the third quarter. The teams were later deadlocked at 44 before Zena Edosomwan, a 6-8, 240-pound senior forward, scored to put Harvard-Westlake ahead for good. Edosomwan is regarded as one of the nation’s top 100 players.

At the Cactus Jam Classic in Phoenix, Ariz., Eastlake defeated San Marino, Calif., 73-60. Eric Holmdahl led Eastlake with 22 points. Brandon Lester added 16 points and Michael Hwang 11 points for Eastlake.

Skyline girls overpower Oregon team

The Skyline High School girls basketball team had too much firepower for Redmond, Ore., Wednesday as the Spartans cruised to a 61-22 victory at the Coeur d’Alene Invitational Holiday Classic at North Idaho College.

Skyline shot to a 13-5 first-quarter lead and stretched its lead to 35-9 at halftime.

Allie Wyszynski led the Spartans with 20 points. Megan Wiedeman added 10 points for Skyline, which is 1-1 in the tournament.

Skyline lost its tournament opener Dec. 27 to host Coeur d’Alene 60-38. After a close first half, Coeur d’Alene pulled away in the second half. Wiedeman topped Skyline with 14 points. Shelby Kassuba had eight points for the Spartans.

Liberty girls suffer first loss

The Liberty High School girls basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Wednesday when the Patriots fell to Jackson 51-35 in the KingCo/WesCo Challenge at Juanita High School.

Jackson, 7-1 on the season, broke open the contest in the third quarter by outscoring Liberty 16-10 to lead 35-26.

Kristin Stoffel had 18 points to lead Jackson, a Class 4A team.

Alicia Abraham topped Liberty with eight points. Aspen Winegar contributed seven points for the Patriots, who are 7-1 on the season.

In other KingCo/WesCo tournament play, Mount Si crushed Cascade 49-19. Molly Sellers led the Wildcats with a game-high 22 points.

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