Win over Bothell propels Issaquah into KingCo title date with Garfield

February 14, 2012

By Derek Belt

Issaquah High School senior guard Nick Price is fouled by Bothell sophomore forward Kellen Webster during the second quarter of the KingCo 4A semifinal game. By Greg Farrar

The current and future generations of Issaquah High School basketball stars were in top form Feb. 10 at Juanita High School.

Senior Nick Price and freshman Ty Gibson torched Bothell for a combined 46 points as the Eagles won, 67-54, to advance to the Feb. 17 KingCo Conference 4A boys championship game against Garfield. Issaquah and Garfield, a 65-45 winner over Redmond, meet at 8:15 p.m. Both teams advance to the state regionals.

Price netted 17 of his 22 points in the first half, while Gibson knocked down six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points.

“That was a lot of fun,” Gibson said with a smile. “Once we hit a couple of shots we just let them fly. We’ve been hot lately and we have lots of confidence.”

Issaquah, 14-8 in the season, buried 12 3-pointers, including six while outscoring Bothell 24-10 in the second quarter to take a 34-19 halftime lead.

Price, the conference’s third-leading scorer who dropped 41 in a game earlier this season, sees a lot of himself in the younger Gibson.

“I remember being a freshman and looking up to the older guys,” Price said. “I’m really supporting him and I keep telling him that if he’s open to shoot it. Tonight, I was feeling it in the first half and he was feeling it in the second.”

Bothell struggled from the floor and turned it over 17 times to Issaquah’s seven. Zach LaVine, KingCo’s leading scorer at 23.6 points per game, scored 19 but never really found his rhythm. Perrion Callandret led the Cougars with 23 points.

Even when the Eagles missed, the ball seemed to bounce their way. In the third quarter, Price misfired but Issaquah crashed the offensive glass and swung the ball around the perimeter to a wide-open Gibson, who calmly stroked it in to give Issaquah its largest lead to that point, 43-21.

“It’s funny that we have a senior as well as a freshman leading the way,” Issaquah coach Jason Griffith said. “Ty is so far beyond his years. He’s poised and he gives us another scorer down the stretch.”

Bothell closed the gap to 43-29 late in the third quarter, but back-to-back 3s by Gibson and Ryan Sexton pushed the lead back to 20.

“We used a 3-pointer to kill almost every one of their runs,” Griffith said. “It was that kind of night.”

On Feb. 7, Issaquah topped host Roosevelt, 49-38, in the opening round of the tournament. Price led the Eagles with 12 points and Brian Watson contributed 11 points.

Skyline gets knocked out

Third-ranked Skyline’s season came crashing to an end Feb. 10 with a stunning, 39-38 loss to Roosevelt.

The Spartans, who ended the season at 18-5, carried a 10-game win streak into the tournament before losing back-to-back games to Bothell and Roosevelt. Skyline had gone 13-1 on the way to the regular-season Crest Division championship.

On Jan. 10, Skyline lost to Bothell, 65-61, in overtime. Will Parker scored 20 points to lead the Spartans and Lucas Shannon had 16 points.


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