Garfield, surprising Issaquah in final | KingCo 4A Boys Basketball
Senior Nick Price and freshman Ty Gibson torched Bothell for a combined 46 points as the Eagles won 67-54 to advance to the KingCo 4A boys championship game.
Special to The Seattle Times
KIRKLAND — The current and future generations of Issaquah basketball stars were in top form Friday night 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 KingCo 4A boys championship game next Friday against Garfield, a 65-45 winner over Redmond.
Price netted 17 of his 22 points in the first half, while Gibson knocked down six three-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) buried 12 three-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 7. 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 (13-9) with 23.
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 threes by Gibson and Ryan Sexton pushed the lead back to 20.
"We used a three-pointer to kill almost every one of their runs," Griffith said. "It was that kind of night."
Garfield 65, Redmond 45
Tucker Haymond had 27 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 6 Garfield (17-5) to the title game. Pierre Wright added 13 points and Tre'Vaunte Williams had 11 for the Bulldogs, who led 17-3 after the first quarter. Redmond pulled within nine at 54-45 on a three-pointer by Kyle Sawtell late in the fourth, but Garfield closed the game on an 11-1 run. Conner Floan scored 18 for the Mustangs (16-6), who face Roosevelt in a loser-out game Tuesday.
Third-ranked Skyline's season came crashing to an end with a stunning, 39-38 loss to Roosevelt. The Spartans (18-5) had taken a 10-game win streak into the tournament before losing back-to-back games to Bothell and Roosevelt (15-7). Skyline had gone 13-1 on the way to the regular-season Crest Division championship.
Roosevelt stayed alive and faces Redmond Tuesday at Juanita in a loser-out game.
Newport (10-12) beat Ballard (10-12) in another loser-out game, 59-55.