Lakeside, Beach reach Metro boys title game | Basketball
Tramaine Isabell scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as Lakeside beat Seattle Prep 68-63.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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In the third quarter of Tuesday's Metro League semifinal game against Seattle Prep, Lakeside guard Tramaine Isabell headed to the bench after a couple of turnovers.
"I wasn't playing that well," Isabell admitted.
But in the fourth quarter, after sitting for a few minutes, Isabell scored 14 of his team-high 27 points in leading No. 4 Lakeside to a 68-63 boys basketball win against No. 5 Seattle Prep.
Lakeside (18-3) will play No. 1 Rainier Beach (18-3) in the championship game at 8 p.m. Friday at Garfield. The Lions haven't played in the Metro title game in more than 20 years.
"I had some stupid turnovers and wasn't really leading the team as I was supposed to as point guard," Isabell said. "In the fourth quarter, I had to make some plays to get our team going."
Isabell hit four of five shots in the fourth quarter, including a guarded three-pointer from the corner as the shot clock sounded that gave Lakeside its largest lead at 14. But in the third quarter, while he sat, Lakeside sophomore Zack Moore picked up the slack against Prep (16-5).
Moore, who had been averaging 3.8 points, scored five of his eight in the third quarter. His buckets twice broke ties, and Lakeside never trailed again after his spinning layup with 1:30 left in the third.
Lakeside's Isaiah Brown, a freshman guard, had 11 points and five rebounds.
"I thought the contributions from Zack and Isaiah were the difference in the game for us," Lakeside coach Tavio Hobson said. "They're really good players. It's about stepping up to the plate in a big-time scene. And they did."
Seattle Prep's D.J. Fenner didn't make things easy for the Lions. Fenner scored 13 of his game-high 30 points in the final quarter. His three-pointer with 19 seconds left cut Lakeside's lead to 65-61, but the Lions made 7 of 9 free throws in the fourth.
Fenner scored more than 30 points for the eighth time this season, but he did so on 10-of-26 shooting.
"It's hard to stop him," Lakeside guard D'Marques Tyson said. "He's just a scorer."
Matthew Poplawski scored 11 for Lakeside.
Other boys semifinal
Rainier Beach 91, Franklin 69
With Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor watching, Shaqquan Aaron had 22 points and 12 assists and Dajuan Piper added 15 points and 15 rebounds as No. 1 Rainier Beach (18-3) won its 12th straight. The Vikings, who beat No. 10 Franklin in the final game of the regular season on Friday, led 52-31 at halftime. Beach has lost only one game to an in-state opponent this year. Arell Hennings led Franklin (14-7) with 18 points.
Cleveland 76, West Seattle 36
Joyce Harrell's season-high 23 points led three players in double figures as the second-ranked Eagles (19-2), after a slow start, rolled into the Metro title game. Cleveland will face Seattle Prep at 6 p.m. at Garfield. Lexi Ioane scored 20 for West Seattle (13-8).
Seattle Prep 52, Holy Names 42
The No. 4 Panthers were tied with the No. 8 Cougars after three quarters before pulling away. Michaela Carew scored 14 and Holly Tonry 13 for Seattle Prep (18-3). Janessa Willie's 16 points led Holy Names (17-4).