Patriots give Sammamish a big scare

January 24, 2012

The Liberty High School boys basketball team entered the week with a modest 2-6 record in the KingCo Conference 3A/2A. However, in the Patriots’ last game before last week’s snowout, they came very close to posting one of the big upsets of the season.

On Jan. 13, Liberty gave Sammamish, the KingCo 3A/2A co-leader, quite a scare before falling 69-67 in a thriller.

Liberty grabbed a 20-15 lead in the first quarter and stayed close to Sammamish the entire game. After trailing 62-57 after the third quarter, the Patriots made a gallant charge in the final period, but Sammamish held on for the victory.

Liberty guard Robbie Thomas scored a game-high and season-high 26 points. Thomas has been playing well this month. He ranked ninth among league scorers with an 11.5 average.

Tynan Gilmore, who often has been Liberty’s leading scorer, began this week fourth among league scorers with a 14.5 average.

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Issaquah boys basketball team shoots down Bothell

January 11, 2012

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Jan 11, 2012

Point guard Brian Watson, often overshadowed by his high-scoring teammate Nick Price, had his best game of the season Jan. 10 when the Issaquah High School boys basketball team whipped visiting Bothell 79-68 in a Kingco Conference 4A contest.

Watson scored 19 points, which included hitting 3 of 3 3-point field goal shots and going 4-for-4 at the free throw line. He also had three assists, three steals and six rebounds to pretty much fill out the stat sheet.

Price, Issaquah’s leading scorer on the season, led the Eagles with 23 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and had two assists. Fletcher Martin added 15 points, 10 rebounds and two assists for Issaquah.

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Skyline win keeps team atop Crest Division

January 10, 2012

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.

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Skyline High School boys suffer first league hoop defeat

January 4, 2012

NEW — 10:20 p.m. Jan. 4, 2012 

The Skyline High School boys basketball team got outscored 34-20 in the second half by visiting Ballard on Tuesday and lost 56-47 in a KingCo Conference 4A contest. The loss was the first in league play for Skyline, which had won its previous three KingCo contests and was first in the Crest Division.

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, who are 5-1 in league play and 7-4 overall.

Lucas Shannon, a 6-7 senior, topped Skyline with 14 points. Senior guard Will Parker had 10 points. Skyline went to 8-3 on the season.

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Issaquah Eagles fly over Summit at Holiday Classic

January 3, 2012

Matt Campbell scores two points against Zac Kolterman, Hazen High School senior center, to get the Patriots back into a tie as the third quarter begins Dec. 22. By Greg Farrar

Senior guard Nick Price continued his torrid scoring and freshman guard Ty Gibson provided additional offense Dec. 29 as the Issaquah High School boys basketball team overcame host Summit, 71-61, in the Summit Holiday Classic in Bend, Ore.

The victory was the second in the tournament for the Eagles, who boosted their season record to 8-1.

Price scored 15 points to share game-high honors with Summit’s Brad Laubacher and Austin Peters.

Issaquah jumped out early, taking a 19-10 lead in the first quarter. The Eagles stretched their lead to 42-23 at halftime.

Gibson scored a season-high 11 points. It was the second time this season he had scored double figures. Gibson scored 10 points in Issaquah’s season-opening 76-36 victory against Mount Si Nov. 29.

Senior forward Fletcher Martin also had 11 points for the Eagles. Cory Nevin and Ryan Sexton each had eight points. Sexton and Gibson each hit two 3-pointers in the game.

Price scored 17 points and Martin had 14 points Dec. 28 as Issaquah defeated GP Vanier, of British Columbia, 77-33, in the opening round of the tournament.

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Liberty boys basketball team downs Highline in nonleague game

December 22, 2011

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Dec. 22, 2011 

Ben Wessell scored 11 points and Tynan Gilmore had 10 points Wednesday as they led the Liberty High School boys basketball team to a 53-44 nonleague victory against visiting Highline.

Liberty jumped to a 11-10 first-quarter lead and held a 26-19 halftime lead. The Patriots pulled away to a commanding 13-point lead in the third quarter.

Jordan West added eight points and Matt Campbell for Liberty, which evened its season record at 4-4.

Highline’s Marcus Dolan led all players with 19 points.

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Liberty boys basketball team tops Black Hills

December 20, 2011

Tynan Gilmore scored 18 points Dec. 17 to lead the Liberty High School boys basketball team to a 60-53 victory against visiting Black Hills in a nonleague game.

Liberty, trailing 26-24 at halftime, shot ahead in the third quarter to 45-41.

Matt Campbell and Robbie Thomas each had 14 points for the Patriots, who are 3-3 for the season.

On Dec. 12, Liberty got off to a promising start but could not keep up with host Mercer Island the rest of the way as the Patriots fell, 68-44, in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A contest.

Liberty led 18-17 after the first quarter but Mercer Island surged ahead in the second quarter to lead 33-27 at halftime. The Islanders blew out Liberty 23-9 in the third quarter to pull away.

Gilmore scored a game-high 17 points. BJ Demps added 10 points for the Patriots.

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Liberty boys basketball team falls to unbeaten Bellevue

December 20, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 20, 2011 

Tynan Gilmore scored 16 points for the Liberty High School boys basketball team Monday but his efforts were not enough as the host Patriots fell to unbeaten Bellevue 62-42 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A contest.

Bellevue, a preseason favorite for the conference title, jumped to a 22-7 first-quarter lead and never looked back as the Wolverines pulled away to their fifth victory of the season.

Michael Carlson, of Bellevue, scored a game-high 18 points.

Liberty dropped to 3-4 on the season.

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Issaquah Eagles fly out to fast 5-0 start in league play

December 13, 2011

Nick Price, Issaquah High School senior guard, draws a technical foul and gets benched for doing a pull-up on the rim in the first quarter against Newport High School Dec. 9, while scoring two of his game-high 18 points on a breakaway jam. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team might need to adopt the old Willie Nelson tune “On the Road Again” as its team song. The Eagles, after winning their only home game of the month Dec. 9, finish December on the road.

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Issaquah girls basketball team gets third consecutive win

December 13, 2011

NEW — 9:45 a.m. Dec. 13, 2011 

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team stormed back in the second half Monday to defeat visiting Edmonds-Woodway 59-47 in a nonleague contest.

The victory was third third straight for Issaquah, which is 5-2 on the season.

Issaquah trailed by one point at halftime but outscored Edmonds-Woodway 19-11 in the third quarter to take command of the contest.

Mackenzie Wieburg, of Issaquah, led all players with 16 points. Teammates Monica Landdeck and Aimee Brakken scored 14 and 10 points respectively.

The Eagles, 1-1 in KingCo Conference 4A action, play at 6:30 p.m. at Eastlake on Friday.

In one league encounter Dec. 12, Eastlake nipped Newport 51-50. Kendra Morrison led Eastlake with 16 points.

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