Elite basketball academy comes to Newcastle

March 10, 2015

Jasen Baskett and his Emerald City Basketball Academy were homeless.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Pacific Courts, a new gym featuring two full-sized basketball courts, is set to open in Newcastle on March 9. The facility will serve as a headquarters for the Emerald City Basketball Academy.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Pacific Courts, a new gym featuring two full-sized basketball courts, is set to open in Newcastle on March 9. The facility will serve as a headquarters for the Emerald City Basketball Academy.

The elite youth basketball program that counts University of Washington stars Spencer Hawes and Isaiah Thomas among its alumni lost its Seattle headquarters in August.

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Hoops coaches pick all-conference teams

March 10, 2015

KingCo Conference basketball coaches recently announced their selections for the 2014-15 all-conference teams. Local selections are listed below.

KingCo 4A boys

MVP: Ty Gibson, Issaquah

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Liberty Patriots’ season comes to a close after regionals loss

March 3, 2015

Liberty High School senior Cherelle Demps’ plan of attack appeared simple in the team’s Feb. 28 regional playoff game.

By Greg Farrar Sitting sadly on the bench after the Demps sisters fouled out in the closing moments of Liberty’s 50-71 loss to East Valley are (from left) senior Cherelle Demps, junior Alissa Campbell, senior Danielle Demps, junior Savannah Metzger and sophomore Kylie Kirksey.

By Greg Farrar
Sitting sadly on the bench after the Demps sisters fouled out in the closing moments of Liberty’s 50-71 loss to East Valley are (from left) senior Cherelle Demps, junior Alissa Campbell, senior Danielle Demps, junior Savannah Metzger and sophomore Kylie Kirksey.

Drive toward the basket, draw the foul and sink the free throws. She executed that sequence over and over, while opponent East Valley struggled to put a stop to it.

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Issaquah Eagles boys basketball team returns to state

March 3, 2015

Ty Gibson gave the Issaquah High School boys basketball team the lift it needed in the second half, scoring 21 of his game-high 26 points as the Eagles defeated the Jackson Timberwolves, 56-52, in a Class 4A regional playoff game Feb. 28 at Everett Community College.

By Greg Farrar Ty Gibson (left), Issaquah High School senior guard, wants to score as Brian Brown, of Jackson, defends during the second quarter Feb. 28 in the Hardwood Classic 4A regional round at Everett Community College.

By Greg Farrar
Ty Gibson (left), Issaquah High School senior guard, wants to score as Brian Brown, of Jackson, defends during the second quarter Feb. 28 in the Hardwood Classic 4A regional round at Everett Community College.

The Eagles erased a six-point halftime deficit to earn a spot in the state quarterfinals for the second straight season.

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Seattle Times honors Issaquah’s Ty Gibson

March 3, 2015

Issaquah High School senior Ty Gibson was one of five players named to the Seattle Times’ 2015 all-area teams for boys basketball.

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Liberty wins district girls basketball title

February 24, 2015

It’s official.

The Liberty High School girls basketball season is starting to feel mighty similar to one Cinderella-type playoff run the school witnessed in 2013.

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Issaquah girls stun Eastlake on last-second basket

February 24, 2015

Twice before, Sophie Foreman felt the heartache of having the season end with a loss to the Eastlake Wolves.

She wasn’t going to go through it a third time.

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Falcons dash Eagles’ KingCo title dreams

February 24, 2015

If someone had told Issaquah High School boys basketball coach Jason Griffith that his star player, Ty Gibson, was going to score 37 points in the Class 4A KingCo Conference tournament title game, he would’ve liked the Eagles’ chances to win.

Gibson, a senior guard who was named KingCo MVP last week, did everything he could to put Issaquah into the regional playoff round, but the Eagles came up short in a 63-60 overtime loss to the Woodinville Falcons on Feb. 19 at Redmond High School.

“Ty was phenomenal today — we just didn’t get enough pieces around him,” Griffith said. “We got to the point where we were playing guys that hadn’t seen the floor all season in tight games.”

The Eagles earned a regional berth Feb. 21, blowing past Redmond, 84-54, behind Gibson’s 33 points. They move on to play the Jackson Timberwolves in a loser-out game at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Everett Community College.

Issaquah (19-5), which won the KingCo regular-season crown, had to play the KingCo tourney without sophomore star Trevon Ary-Turner, who is out indefinitely with a broken finger on his shooting hand.

The Eagles also got into foul trouble against a physical Woodinville side, losing guard Scott Kellum and forward Jack Dellinger late in the game.

Woodinville (17-6) lost both regular-season meetings with Issaquah, but was able to exploit some matchups at the offensive end. Tony Miller had 23 points to pace the Falcons, and fellow seniors Demitri Ilias and Lance Coomar stepped up their games to add 16 and 14 points, respectively.

“We talked about the 2-3 zone being open in the middle, and that we really thrive on being able to penetrate some of those gaps and get to that short corner,” said Woodinville coach Mark Folsom, who led his program to its first KingCo tournament title.

In front of a packed house, the teams traded punches throughout the contest.

Issaquah opened up an early seven-point lead, only to see it evaporate as Woodinville hit its last three shots of the first quarter. The Eagles then went on a 13-1 run for a 24-11 edge in the second period, but Coomar scored nine points as the Falcons narrowed the gap to 29-26 at halftime.

Woodinville’s full-court pressure began taking a toll in the second half — the Eagles missed their first five field goals and trailed by seven before Gibson banked in a 3-pointer to end the third quarter.

Issaquah had a six-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Falcons again charged back and tied it with 16 seconds left on a Jesse Davis free throw. Gibson missed a 3-point try to win the game for the Eagles.

The lead changed hands four more times in overtime, and Miller iced the result by hitting two foul shots with 2 seconds left. Gibson’s half-court heave came up short, and the Falcons stormed the court in celebration.

“Everybody in this gym was expecting Issaquah to win, and the only guys that believed that we could actually beat (them) were the 15 guys sitting in the locker room,” Folsom said.

Even though Gibson had a huge night, Folsom’s blueprint to focus on Issaquah guard Jason Crandall worked to near perfection. Crandall had 11 points, but couldn’t get his teammates going, as Kellum and Tanner Davis were the only other Eagles to score.

“Ty’s a very unselfish player, and it shows, but I thought tonight he was forced to try to make some plays because we did a good job on the other guys,” Folsom said.

Some Issaquah players have been in big-game moments — including last season’s run to the state semifinals — but others are still learning how to play in those situations, Griffith noted.

“I thought a couple of our kids, I felt like the moment may have been a little too much for them mentally at times,” he said. “I just saw some dazed looks out there that I hadn’t seen in a while.”

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Patriots make history, win district playoff basketball game

February 17, 2015

The 2014-2015 Liberty High School boys basketball team did something Feb. 14 that no past Patriots squad has ever done.

By Greg Farrar Noble Cooper (right), Liberty High School junior forward, is fouled by Renton’s Malik Bundy during the second quarter of their West Central District III first-round game Feb. 12. Cooper made both free throws from the foul stripe. The Patriots lost the game, 53-60.

By Greg Farrar
Noble Cooper (right), Liberty High School junior forward, is fouled by Renton’s Malik Bundy during the second quarter of their West Central District III first-round game Feb. 12. Cooper made both free throws from the foul stripe. The Patriots lost the game, 53-60.

Liberty won a district playoff game for the first time in the boys’ program history, and thus, kept the dream of a state playoff berth alive.

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Patriots prepare for postseason

February 10, 2015

As the 2015 winter high-school postseason begins, most Liberty High School sports teams are finding that everything is just a little bit different this year.

By Greg Farrar Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School sophomore forward, drives to the basket and draws a foul from Bellevue’s Kathryn Roberts during the second quarter Feb. 4.

By Greg Farrar
Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School sophomore forward, drives to the basket and draws a foul from Bellevue’s Kathryn Roberts during the second quarter Feb. 4.

The Patriots are now playing at the 2A level for at least the next two years. Liberty previously played at 3A, opting up a classification, despite the school’s size.

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