Issaquah Eagles fly over Summit at Holiday Classic

January 3, 2012

By Bob Taylor

Matt Campbell scores two points against Zac Kolterman, Hazen High School senior center, to get the Patriots back into a tie as the third quarter begins Dec. 22. By Greg Farrar

Senior guard Nick Price continued his torrid scoring and freshman guard Ty Gibson provided additional offense Dec. 29 as the Issaquah High School boys basketball team overcame host Summit, 71-61, in the Summit Holiday Classic in Bend, Ore.

The victory was the second in the tournament for the Eagles, who boosted their season record to 8-1.

Price scored 15 points to share game-high honors with Summit’s Brad Laubacher and Austin Peters.

Issaquah jumped out early, taking a 19-10 lead in the first quarter. The Eagles stretched their lead to 42-23 at halftime.

Gibson scored a season-high 11 points. It was the second time this season he had scored double figures. Gibson scored 10 points in Issaquah’s season-opening 76-36 victory against Mount Si Nov. 29.

Senior forward Fletcher Martin also had 11 points for the Eagles. Cory Nevin and Ryan Sexton each had eight points. Sexton and Gibson each hit two 3-pointers in the game.

Price scored 17 points and Martin had 14 points Dec. 28 as Issaquah defeated GP Vanier, of British Columbia, 77-33, in the opening round of the tournament.

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 added seven points for Issaquah.

Before entering the tournament, Issaquah defeated host Inglemoor, 86-78, Dec. 20 in a KingCo Conference 4A contest. Price scored a season-high 41 points in the game. He connected on 16 of 23 shots, including four of eight from the 3-point range.

For the season, Price is averaging 22.3 points a game and ranks third in the conference.

Sexton and Danner chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively, against Inglemoor. Sexton also had a team-high six rebounds.

The Eagles, 3-1 in the league, trailed by four points after the first quarter. However, Issaquah outscored Inglemoor, 30-21, in the second period to charge ahead for good.

Issaquah, which played in the Summit title game Dec. 30, resumed conference action Jan. 3 at home against powerful Garfield. The Eagles next home game is at 8 p.m. Jan. 6 against rival Skyline.

Skyline bounces back against Nevada team

After losing but playing well against two national powers, Skyline got its first victory in the prestigious MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., Dec. 29 when the Spartans defeated Bishop Manoque, of Nevada, 60-31.

Skyline raced off to a 13-0 lead against Bishop Manoque in the first quarter. The Spartans led 30-10 at halftime.

Will Parker led the Spartans with 18 points. He hit four 3-pointers in the game, including two to help Skyline get off to its first-quarter lead. Bryan Cikatz added 15 points for Skyline, 7-2 for the season.

Prior to the Dec. 29 game, Skyline played Lincoln, of N.Y., and Harvard-Westlake, of Calif.

On Dec. 28, Skyline lost to Lincoln, 48-39. The Spartans almost caught Lincoln in the fourth quarter. With 4:50 to play, 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 regarded as one of the nation’s top sophomores, led Lincoln with 12 points.

On Dec. 27, Skyline fell to Harvard-Westlake, 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.

Prior to the tournament, Skyline defeated Woodinville, 49-32, Dec. 20 in KingCo 4A action. Parker scored 20 points and Lucas Shannon had 11 points.

The Spartans trailed by four points after the first quarter, but outscored Woodinville 16-6 in the second period to lead 28-22 at halftime. Skyline pulled further away in the third quarter when it outscored the Falcons 16-7.

Skyline, 3-0 in the league, resumed conference action Jan. 3 at home against Ballard.

Liberty closes out year with win

Liberty closed out the old year with an exciting win Dec. 29 when the Patriots topped host Stadium, of Tacoma, 66-64, in a nonleague contest.

The Patriots, 6-4 for the season, raced to a 23-16 first-quarter lead and were ahead 39-31 at halftime. Liberty, despite a late charge by Stadium, held on for the victory.

Tynan Gilmore led Liberty with 21 points. Robbie Thomas and Ben Wessell each had 13 points for the Patriots.

Stadium’s Eric Anderson-Connolly led all players with 26 points.

Wessell scored 11 points and Gilmore had 10 points Dec. 21 as they led the Liberty to a 53-44 nonleague victory against visiting Highline.

Liberty jumped to an 11-10 first-quarter lead and held a 26-19 halftime lead. The Patriots pulled away to a commanding 13-point lead in the third quarter.

Jordan West added eight points.

On Dec. 19, the Patriots lost to unbeaten Bellevue, 64-42, in KingCo Conference 3A/2A play. Gilmore led the Patriots with 16 points.

Liberty resumed KingCo 3A/2A competition Jan. 3 at Lake Washington. The Patriots host Interlake at 8 p.m. Jan. 6.

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