No. 6 Lakeside buckles down and holds off No. 5 Franklin | Boys basketball
For Lakeside coach Tavio Hobson, Friday and Saturday provided a lesson in the difference between playing a full game and playing only part...
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For Lakeside coach Tavio Hobson, Friday and Saturday provided a lesson in the difference between playing a full game and playing only part of one.
On Friday, No. 6 Lakeside rushed out to a 10-point lead against Eastside Catholic, then watched as the Crusaders ripped the game away in the final minutes. On Saturday, less than 24 hours later, Lakeside again raced out to a double-digit lead before No. 5 Franklin started mounting a comeback.
This time, Lakeside (10-2) buckled down and gutted out a 51-43 win.
"If we were to play a half tonight, it would have been the exact same thing," Hobson said, referring to his team's effort. "That's the message guys have to understand."
It wasn't always pretty. In fact, Hobson characterized the night as "ugly." Both teams forced tough shots and created turnovers. Neither team settled into a rhythm, particularly in the second half.
Lakeside went more than five minutes in the fourth quarter without scoring and scored only eight points in the quarter, but the Lions also never let Franklin (11-3) get closer than five.
"Let's be clear: teams like Franklin, teams that really pressure you defensively, are oftentimes trying to wear on you," Hobson said. "I think we were fortunate to have guys be resilient. If we play 16 or 20 minutes in this game, we lose. But guys were able to play the entire game."
Senior point guard Tramaine Isabell led Lakeside offensively by scoring 20 points, 10 in each half. But it was the toil of Lakeside's big men that helped hold off Franklin's comeback.
Peter French, a 7-foot senior, and Anand Rajesh, a 6-foot-8 senior, combined for 11 points. More important, they controlled the inside, blocking shots and grabbing Franklin's missed shots. At one point, French blocked two shots in one possession, and Rajesh came up with the rebound.
The pair helped the Lions avoid losing two straight games heading into the meat of their schedule: They play top-five teams Rainier Beach and Seattle Prep in their next two games.
"You have to treat every game the same in this league," Hobson said.
Franklin made things interesting in the fourth quarter.
Lakeside built a 13-point lead in the first minute after back-to-back steals and layups by Isabell. Then Franklin's defense stiffened, Lakeside's offense struggled and, suddenly, the Quakers started inching back.
Darnell Berry's steal and bucket cut Lakeside's lead to five with 50 seconds left, but the Quakers wouldn't get any closer. Franklin, which made just 2 of its 21 three-point attempts, lost three of its last five games.
"We really started to get out and play tough on the defensive end, which allowed us to be able to make a run," Franklin coach Jason Kerr said. "But we couldn't get any baskets on the other end."
Patrick Ball led Franklin with 16 points. He was Franklin's only player to score in double figures.
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