Skyline win keeps team atop Crest Division

January 10, 2012

By Staff

The Skyline High School boys basketball team kept its hold on first place in the KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division standings Jan. 6 when the Spartans defeated the host Issaquah Eagles, 64-53.

Skyline improved its league record to 4-1 and season mark to 9-3. Issaquah dropped to 3-3 in the Crest Division and 9-3 overall. The Eagles entered this week in third place behind Redmond, which was 4-2.

The Eagles led 11-10 going into the second quarter, but Skyline sped ahead and came out on top, 26-21, at halftime.

Despite senior guard Nick Price’s 21-point effort for the Eagles, the Spartans relied on double-digit performances from three players. Lucas Shannon, a senior forward, scored 16 points, Will Parker, a senior guard, scored 15 points and sophomore guard Jonah Eastern finished with 11 points.

On Jan. 3, Skyline suffered its first league defeat. The Spartans got outscored 34-20 in the second half by visiting Ballard and lost, 56-47.

Skyline led 27-22 at halftime. However, Ballard blew out the Spartans 18-8 in the third quarter to go ahead for good.

Seth Berger, a 6-foot-7 junior, led Ballard with 14 points. John Verduin, a 6-4 junior guard, added 12 points for the Beavers.

Shannon topped Skyline with 14 points and Parker had 10 points.

Eagles fall to Garfield

Issaquah, which drew the division-leading teams last week, lost to Crown Division-leading Garfield, 73-59, Jan. 3. The Eagles, playing on their home court for just the second time this season, held a 20-19 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, Garfield outscored the Eagles 19-5 in the second period to stay in front for good.

Garfield’s Tucker Hayman, a 6-5 junior, led all players with 27 points. TreVaunte Williams, a 6-4 junior, had 24 points for Garfield, which is 6-0 in league play and 8-2 overall.

Price topped Issaquah with 20 points. Teammate Fletcher Martin contributed 15 points.

Issaquah entered the game coming off a successful road trip to Bend, Ore. The Eagles won the Summit Holiday Tournament Dec. 30. Issaquah defeated West Albany, Ore., 61-55, in the title game. Ryan Sexton and Martin each had 14 points to lead the Eagles. Price had 13 points.

Liberty boys make big second half comeback

The Liberty High School boys basketball team exploded in the second half Jan. 6 and rallied for a 68-57 KingCo Conference 3A/2A victory against visiting Interlake.

The Patriots trailed by six points at halftime, but outscored Interlake 21-13 in the third quarter to take the lead. Liberty pulled away in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Saints, 25-16.

Robbie Thomas led Liberty with a game-high 23 points, which was also a season-high for the junior guard. Jordan West added 15 points and Tynan Gilmore 12 points for the Patriots, who went to 2-4 in league play and 7-5 on the season.

Sam Finfer led Interlake with 17 points.

On Jan. 3, Liberty stayed right with powerful Lake Washington for three quarters, but the host Kangaroos pulled away in the final period to win, 61-48.

Lake Washington outscored Liberty 14-5 in the final quarter.

Liberty fell behind by seven points in the first quarter, but fought back in the second period to trail just 34-30 at halftime.

Gilmore topped the Patriots with 17 points and West contributed 12 points. Darien Nelson-Henry, of Lake Washington, led all players with 24 points.

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