Issaquah boys basketball team roughs up Roosevelt

January 8, 2013

By John Leggett

The Issaquah boys basketball squad reached the midway juncture in its campaign recently and was able to stay in the hunt by staving off a physical Roosevelt contingent on the road Jan. 4, winning 53-49 to escalate its KingCo 4A mark to 4-2.

“I was really pleased with the way our players adapted to Roosevelt’s physical style of play,” Issaquah head coach Jason Griffith said. “In our league, you have to be able to adjust to the several different styles and looks that your opponents throw at you. They enter the games with the idea of imposing their will on you. The Roughriders aren’t any different in that they play hard and make you earn everything you get.”

The Eagles coach said that the major difference in the encounter with the Roughriders was his squad’s accuracy from the charity stripe as the game wound down and Roosevelt tried to stop the clock by sending his shooters to the stripe.

The purple and gold took 14 shots from the foul line in the fourth quarter alone, sinking 11 of them, to gradually pull away and win comfortably.

Issaquah outscored Roosevelt 17-10 in that final frame, after falling behind 39-36 at the close of the third quarter.

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Issaquah at Newport

  • 8 p.m. Jan. 11
  • Newport High School
  • 4333 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue

In addition to fantastic shooting from the foul line, Issaquah’s offense was bolstered by the sharpshooting of Ty Gibson and Brian Watson, who both accounted for 17 points.

Issaquah’s next six out of seven games are on the road, so to say the least, Griffith was delighted to see his batch of ballers do what they had to do in order to record the victory.

“During these next half dozen contests on the road, I think the mettle of this team will be tested,” he said. “These guys are still shaping their identity right now and it would be really great to see them start developing more consistency. That will happen though as people begin to step up and own their roles on this club. That is part of the growing pains that young teams must endure.”

Griffith called the team’s next foe — the Newport Knights on Newport’s home hardwood — one of the more difficult hurdles that his Eagles must clear this season.

“Newport is one of the best teams in the KingCo 4A, they are nipping at our heels in the standings right now and the Knights nearly beat top ranked Garfield a few days ago. We will not make the mistake of looking past them,” Griffith said. “For one thing they have a lot of depth on their bench, and as a result, they tend to wear teams down by substituting liberally…rotating folks in and out of the game. They also have that rare combination of size and athleticism. Newport is a tough opponent, especially in their own gym.”

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