Garfield ‘tornado’ blows away Issaquah, 83-65
February 25, 2014
By David Hayes
The Issaquah High School boys basketball team had hoped things would turn out differently than 2012, when they last played for the KingCo title against Garfield.
In front of a packed gym Feb. 21 at Juanita High School, KingCo’s two top squads were set to decide the rubber match.
Unfortunately, like two years ago, it was all Garfield from the opening tip.
Garfield left little doubt about the outcome as it raced out to a double-digit lead before Issaquah was able to hit its second field goal, pulling away for an 83-65 win.
“We definitely ran into a tornado last Friday,” Eagles head coach Jason Griffith said.
The No. 1 Bulldogs (23-1) stifled the Eagles (17-6) with an aggressive man defense that forced Issaquah players to catch the ball more than 20 feet from the basket with their back to the hoop.
The defense led to offensive run-outs and Garfield had easy looks on offense. A 38-24 halftime lead ballooned to a 28-point advantage late in the third quarter.
The win avenges Garfield’s lone loss of the season Feb. 1, when Issaquah used a late jumper to knock off the Bulldogs, 65-63.
“When we beat them at their place, it had been quite a few years since that had happened,” Griffith said. “We could tell their focus was unlike anything we’d seen.”
He added there wasn’t much the Eagles could do against Garfield’s 62 percent shooting in the first half.
Tramaine Isabell led the Bulldogs with 24 points, while Brayon Blake and Jashaun Agosto added 20 and 16, respectively.
Issaquah freshman Trevon Ary-Turner led the Eagles’ scoring with 20 points, while junior Tyler Gibson and sophomore Scott Kellum each contributed 17.
“I think we learned a lot from the loss, to be honest,” Griffith said. “Now, we understand the level of intensity they’re able to bring.”
Both teams had already advanced to next week’s regional round of the postseason and were playing for seeding purposes.
As the KingCo No. 2 qualifier, the Eagles will face Bellarmine Prep in the first round of the regionals at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Puyallup High School.
“Bellarmine is well-coached, methodical, plays deep into the shot clock,” Griffith said. “We match up well, and I think we’re deeper. We just have to play hard for 32 minutes.”
Seattle Times staff reporter Josh Liebeskind contributed to this story.