Metro League Semifinals move to Alaska Airlines Arena at UW


2017 Metro League Tournament just got Bigger!


The Metro League announced their plans to move their semifinal basketball match-ups to Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday, February 8th.  The Boys and Girls final four teams will go head-to-head as part of the Metro League Tournament.

Former Garfield Bulldog and current Nathan Hale coach, Brandon Roy, was interviewed by KJR personalities Mitch Levy and Dick Fain about the Raiders upcoming game against his Alma Mater Garfield this Friday Night at Garfield High School.

This battle of #1 Nathan Hale vs. #2 Garfield has received unprecedented coverage and includes live broadcasts on both ESPNU-TV and Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM. This is the first game televised Live from Garfield High School since Roy was a senior for Garfield back in 2002.

Mitch and Dick of Sports Radio KJR then broke the news that the Metro League Playoffs will move its semifinal games to Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday, February 8th.  This will allow all fans an opportunity to see in person what experts are saying is the toughest league in Washington state history, if not the toughest league in the country.

“Metro Athletics represents quality student athletes from public and private schools in all sports,” stated Eric McCurdy, Executive Director of Athletics of Seattle Schools. “We are proud to have Varsity Hoops Live and theFinalScore.TV produce this event as they continue to positively impact high school students through events and programs on and off the court.”

Game and Broadcast Schedule

2017 Metro League Tournament Semifinals schedule of events:

• Winner #6 Metro vs #3 Metro Play-in vs. Metro #2 seed – Girls 3:30pm*
• Winner #5 Seattle Prep vs #4 West Seattle Play-in vs. Nathan Hale – Boys 5:30pm*
• Winner #5 Metro vs #4 Metro Play-in vs. Bishop Blanchet – Girls 7:00pm*
• Winner #6 Metro vs #3 Rainier Beach Play-in vs. Garfield – Boys 8:30pm**

* Varsity Hoops Live Broadcast on www.theFinalScore.TV
** Varsity Hoops Live Broadcast on Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM

The event has several media partners including Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM, POWER 93.3-FM and www.theFinalScore.TV.

All games will be carried via a live audio broadcast over the internet or on radio.

“Our hope is to celebrate great teams in a great venue. We look to showcase amazing high school students on and off the court throughout the day! We are excited to produce the event while broadcasting the games live over the web,” stated Randy Novak, President of ZUMA Media.


Ticket Information

Tickets are available for general admission seating and good for all four games. Tickets will be available the day of the event ONLY beginning at 3:00pm at the HUSKY STADIUM Box Office located on the westside of the Stadium.

Once fans enter Alaska Airlines Arena for the event, they can stay for all four games. However, they will not be able to re-enter the event if they leave. Ticket prices are as folllows:

Adults/students without ASB: $10
Students with ASB: $ 7
Kids K-8: $ 5
Seniors 62yrs +: $ 5


Spiller and King Propel Lakeside Past Juanita in District Playoff

Spiller and King Propel Lakeside Past Juanita in District Playoff
By Steve Dion

Friday- February 19th 2016 Girls 3A SeaKing
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Juanita 18 11 19 8 56
Lakeside 13 1 14 15 57

Lakeside senior Kallin Spiller

In a topsy-turvy elimination game on Friday between Lakeside and Juanita, a late momentum swing sparked by Kallin Spiller and Kimijah King propelled the Lions to a dramatic victory.

Junior Tea Adams carried the bulk of the Rebels offensive production netting a game-high 24 points, many of which scored in transition. Shalexxus Aaron added a dozen as well in addition to a major role in the paint pulling down key rebounds. A three-pointer at the halftime buzzer by Lakeside’s Kelly Keen cut the Juanita lead to a single point heading into the break.

Trailing by six with less than three minutes remaining, the Lions were on the ropes and needed spark. Kallin Spiller buries a critical three point to cut the deficit to one possession. Lakeside followed up the bucket with defensive stops to set up Kimijah King with a pair of buckets to take the lead with less than a minute remaining. Juanita was unable to knock down its contested desperation shot from the corner at the buzzer. The Lions bench sprung from their chairs with excitement after a come-from-behind victory by a single point. Afterward Lions Head Coach Patrick Chinn talked the mentality heading into the game stating, “If we lose, the team is better than us. We’re trying not to beat ourselves. We’re trying to make enough plays to get out of there.”

The win keeps Lakeside alive for another day as they await their matchup for the fifth-place seeding game with the next opponent set to be the winner of Rainier Beach and Roosevelt.

The Final Score
Lakeside 57, Juanita 56.

Top Performers:

Kimijah King- 21 points
Kallin Spiller- 17 points

Tea Adams- 24 points

Lakeside Controls 2nd and 3rd Quarter, Rolls Against Mercer Island

Lakeside Controls 2nd and 3rd Quarter, Rolls Against Mercer Island
By Colin Caruso

Friday February 20 2015 Boys 3A Metro
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lakeside 13 19 20 16 68
Mercer Island 17 5 11 21 54

Most games in high school basketball do not have the pressure of a loser out game. To both of these teams, a loss marks the end of the season and looking towards next year.

Mercer Island, the underdog in this game, came out in the first quarter with a masterful game plan. Knowing that they would have trouble guarding Daejon Davis and Isiah Brown in transition, they focused on using the duration of the shot clock and slowing the game dramatically. The athleticism favored Lakeside, and Mercer Island’s only hope was to control the tempo.

The Islanders looked great in the first quarter. A 12-2 run in the first gave the Islanders a 17-13 lead going into the second. And then the wheels fell off. Fast forwarding to the second quarter, the Lions began getting into transition and finding Kiki Boyle on open threes; he hit 6 on the day. The closed the quarter on a 12-0 run, and extended that to 19-2 into the third.

16 points in a quarter is a good amount of points for a high school team. When you score 16 points over the course of two quarters, against a team from the Metro conference, you are in trouble. The shots that fell for the Islanders in the first were not falling in the second and third. The turnovers piled up, and the Islanders found themselves down 19 points entering the fourth quarter.

Mercer Island never gave up, they continued to battle in the fourth. Unfortunately, the deficit was insurmountable against a team as defensively strong as the Lions. Lakeside took this game, ending the Islander season, by a final of 68-54

Top Performers:
Isiah Brown – 31 points
Kiki Boyle – 20 points

Mercer Island
Sam Nordale and Andrew Pickles – 14 points each

Monster Second Quarter Propels Roosevelt Over Lakeside

Monster Second Quarter Propels Roosevelt Over Lakeside
By Steven Dion

Tuesday- February 3 2015 Boys 3A Metro
Roosevelt High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Roosevelt 8 23 11 28 70
Lakeside 13 6 10 32 61

Roosevelt Senior Lewis Gregerson-Spencer

The final week of regular season hoops kicked off with a full slate of matchups Tuesday night. A Metro League game with playoff implications attached was the clash between host Roosevelt and Lakeside who are vying for postseason berths. The Lions feature leading Metro scorer in Isiah Brown at 27.6 points per contest where the Riders counter with senior Cam Haslam with a shade under 20 per game. This game carried major weight for deciding the final seeds coming out of the most competitive league in the state.

Lakeside’s tenacious interior defense in the first quarter provided a spark to grab a quick lead. They prevented the Riders from finding a groove on offense early in the game. The gameplan for each team contrasted greatly as the Lions attacked the rim early and Roosevelt ate the bulk of the shot clock by distributing the ball. LHS sophomore Daejon Davis knocked down a difficult lay-up and one at the first quarter buzzer to give his team a 13-8 lead after one frame.

Roosevelt woke up in a big way in the second quarter to the tune of a 16-0 run over the first five minutes. Haslam started heating up by notching 10 of his team-high 26 points in the quarter. The Riders capitalized on Lakeside’s inability to get shots to fall through the cup by setting up good looks to a variety of scorers such as Jakob Bauer and Jonathan Lang. The Lions finally registered their first points of the quarter at 2:06, but were trailing by double digits at that point. At intermission, the home team was buzzin’ as they led by a dozen!

When the second half commenced, Roosevelt kept the pedal down by extending their lead to nearly 20 points and placing the Lions in danger of having the ability to climb back into the game. Isiah Brown reached a point where enough was enough and started to will his team to make a comeback. He used his explosive first step to shed his defender and elevate to the rim. The junior would shoot lights-out from the free throw line in the second half en route to 24 of his game high 30 in the second half. At the end of the third, LHS cut the deficit to 42-29 and their body language displayed they could taste blood in the water.

As the Lions playing eight minutes of frantic catch-up, Roosevelt responded by knocking down timely buckets to quell momentum swings. Lewis Gregerson-Spencer and Carl Salvino made their presence felt by converting on crucial possessions down the stretch. Lakeside’s Davis finished a two-handed slam which sparked a late surge for the visitors including a 5-point boost by Isaiah de la Fuente. At 1:36, the score was 58-51, but the margin of error was razor thin and the Roughriders were able to put the final nail in the coffin. Coach Bart Brandenburg picked up a quality win for the green and yellow.

The Final Score: Roosevelt 70 Lakeside 61

Top Performers:
Cam Haslam-26 points

Isiah Brown-30 points

Rainier Beach Glides Past Lakeside in League Matchup

Rainier Beach Glides Past Lakeside in League Matchup
By Steven Dion

Friday- December 19 2014 Boys 3A Metro
Rainier Beach High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rainier Beach 23 21 26 17 87
Lakeside 18 12 18 20 68

Rainier Beach Junior Keith Smith

Quality basketball is a guarantee on a Friday night inside Crawford Court at Rainier Beach High School. The reigning 3A champs hosted the Lakeside Lions in a Metro League showdown on Friday night as some of the top talent in the state would put their talents on display. Could the Lions pull an upset on the road?

Lakeside’s dynamic guard Isiah Brown established his pivotal role on the team by scoring 13 of his team’s 18 first quarter points. Beach countered with a balanced attack of point guards Shadeed Shabazz and Ivy Smith feeding Dejounte Murray and Keith Smith. The Vikings built a five point lead after one frame, but the slim margin kept the door open for the Lions. With increased intensity on the defensive end for Lakeside, they rebounded the ball well and found points at the other end. Mid-way through the second quarter, Mike Bethea called a full timeout because the scoreboard read 27-26 Rainier Beach. The Viking responded like they are accustomed to by closing out the half on a 17-4 run. Murray and Shabazz were major contributors to the surge of points to extend the halftime score to 44-30.

The Viking lead grew even more after the break as Keith Smith and Dejounte Murray knocked down some transition buckets at the cup. Ivy Smith tacked on seven in the third quarter also. Lion guard Connor Duffy provided a nice spark off the bench knocking down 10 points in the second half. Lakeside slowly cut the Rainier Beach lead and with over 5 minutes remaining, were trailing by single digits. However, RB closed out the second half like they did the first half and kept their undefeated record intact with a 19 point victory.

The Final Score: Rainier Beach 87 Lakeside 68

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
Dejounte Murray-29 points

Isiah Brown-35 points


Lakeside Prevails in Double Overtime Shootout with Hale


Saturday Nov. 1st 2014 3A Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1OT 2OT Final
Nathan Hale 7 7 14 7 7 0 42
Lakeside 3 8 7 17 7 7 49

Game Recap below


Lakeside Prevails in Double Overtime Shootout with Hale
By Steven Dion

November has arrived which means playoff football is in it stages of infancy as seeding is underway for the postseason. The seventh and eighth seeds for the Metro League were to be decided by the Lakeside Lions and Nathan Hale Raiders. It is fitting the game was played at Memorial Stadium because this contest was indeed memorable.

The Lions took advantage of an extended drive early in the contest by allowing Wyatt Paul to boot a 20 yard chip shot. Paul was a big factor in the game as his leg was responsible for 9 points and a great deal of field position advantage for his squad. Hale responded with a Nathan Cooprider quarterback keeper from five yards out for a Raiders lead. Cole Stephens returned the favor with a 13 yard scamper of his own for the third of eight lead changes in the game. The Raiders turned up the intensity a notch by blocking a field goal and forcing a pick in the hands of Sam Tessema. The latter led to a Naweeb Kamiab run to establish a 14-11 lead which they took to the locker room.

Heading into the third trailing by only three points was a stroke of luck for Lakeside because they committed nine penalties to Hale’s one. The yellow laundry started to catch up with Lakeside in the opening minutes of the third, as they committed two personal fouls which aided a touchdown drive capped off by a 25 yard run by Noah Witmer. On the ensuing drive, Lakeside’s quarterback Bennett Dondoyano found a wide open Mayan Chavez and connected, but the ball mysteriously came free from the Lion receiver’s hands mere yards from the endzone. Nathan Hale took advantage by feeding Witmer and he delivered with another touchdown run, this time from 26 yards out. NHHS had the momentum at this point leading 28-11. The Lions took it back as they conducted a three-play, eighty yard drive which finished on a 37 yard Stephens run. After three quarters, Hale led 28-18.

To climb back into the game, Lakeside was forced to gamble on fourth downs to keep the chains moving. With 10:45 left, Cole Stephens scored for the third time on a 53 yard screen pass from Dondoyano. Minutes later, Dondoyano got a TD of his own after Stephens converted on a 4th and 3 previously. Hale bit back on a Webb Hopkins touchdown grab, one of many fine catches by the senior. NHHS recovered the ensuing kickoff in the redzone, but came away with no points. With 1:37 remaining, Lakeside had to travel 98 yards to erase a 3 point deficit. The Lions were able to get to the Hale 2 with 5 ticks left. Wyatt Paul hit a 17 yard FG at the buzzer to tie it up 35 apiece. We headed to overtime.

First Overtime
Hale would get the ball first as Lakeside chose to defer after winning the toss. Cooprider found William Sanders open on an option from 10 yards out that tricked the Lion defense. Lakeside needed to match the Raiders to keep the contest alive. Cole Stephens stepped up as he did all game by punching the pigskin in from 2 yards out. The game continued.

Second Overtime
Lakeside won the toss again and chose to receive. For the fifth and final time, Cole Stephens barreled into the endzone from the one yard line. Needing a touchdown, Nathan Hale found themselves in a fourth and two situation. They handed the ball to Sanders. He dove forward very close to the first down marker. It was close. The chain game came out to measure. Short. Ballgame. Lakeside wins 49-42 to take the seventh seed in the Metro playoffs. Hale takes 8th.

Top Performers:
Cole Stephens
4 rushing TDs (1, 2, 13, 37) and 1 receiving TD (52)

Nathan Hale
Noah Witmer – 2 rushing TDs (25, 26)

Crusaders Complete Season Sweep of Lakeside Despite Brown’s 39


Friday Jan 17th 2014 3A Boys Basketball
Lakeside High 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eastside Catholic 14 20 20 19 73
Lakeside 14 13 22 19 68

See game recap below

Crusaders Complete Season Sweep of Lakeside Despite Brown’s 39
By Steven Dion

The 3A runner-up from a season ago has unveiled its new gym, a spectacular venue for high school basketball. All that is missing at this point for Lakeside is a win at the new house. The Lions would get their chance to pick up that victory Friday night against Eastside Catholic following up a 53 point performance by Isiah Brown last week against O’Dea. The Crusaders have established themselves as a formidable force in the Metro League with a combination of athleticism and precision shooting. The Lions would need a complete thirty-two minutes of play to take down their division foe sitting ahead in the standings.

An energetic Lakeside student section gave their Lions a lift early as Brown knocked down his first two shots, a double-clutch jumper and a rainmaker from the perimeter. Freshman guard Daejon Davis jumped the passing lane on a Crusader possession and finished strong with a highlight dunk. Eastside Catholic demonstrated their multi-faceted scoring abilities as slashing buckets at the cup and three-balls began to fall. ECHS set a tough trap in the Lakeside backcourt which gave Lion guards trouble with their entry passes into the offensive zone. The Crusaders were 8/19 from downtown in the ballgame. A double-digit lead ECHS built midway through the second frame was cut to seven going into halftime. At the break, the visitors led 34-27.

Lakeside rallied behind their freshman prodigy Daejon Davis early in the third as the 6’2” guard forced his way into the paint on several trips down the floor. His aggressiveness led to eight points in that third frame for the Lions. Crusader senior Ian Christie twisted his ankle and did not return in the ballgame for EC. Brown continued to sizzle throughout that second half as the bulk of his game-high 39 points came in the final sixteen minutes of the contest. Despite allowing the Lions to tie the ball game in the second half, the Crusaders retained their composure by knocking down buckets when needed. The exclamation point in the game was a tomahawk slam by forward Matisse Thybulle. When the buzzer sounded, ECHS picked up their eighth league win to the tune of a 73-68 victory.

Top Performer:
Isaiah Brown – 39 points (11/23 FG’s, 14/16 FT’s)

Lakeside Rocks Cleveland


Saturday Oct. 19 2013 3A Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lakeside 14 21 7 3 45
Cleveland 0 14 0 14 28

See game recap below

Lakeside Rocks Cleveland
By Colin Caruso

With Kanye West preparing to go on stage just a few blocks away, the Lakeside Lions made the short trek to Memorial Stadium to play the home-side Cleveland Eagles. As always, the Cleveland cheer team increased the decibel level and provided a great atmosphere for this ballgame. Lakeside jumped out to an early 14-0 in the first quarter, backed by a 21 yard run by junior Cole Stephens and a pass from senior QB Adam Hinthorne to classmate Mike Padden. Cleveland answered early in the second with a 12 yard TD run from sophomore Zechariah Brown, but Lakeside countered with three straight scores, an interception returned for a touchdown by Jack Betcher and another score for both Padden and Stephens. Cleveland answered with a late score in the second by Rachaun McConico, but trailed 35-14 at the break.

With a 21 point lead in hand, Lakeside slowed the game down in the second half, taking their senior QB out and primarily running the football. Cleveland added a couple of late scores in the fourth, but ultimately it was too little too late, with the Lions winning by a final of 45-28. Kudos to Lakeside kicker Trevor Peterson who knocked in a 41 yard field goal in the fourth quarter, what a great kick!

Top Performers:
Adam Hinthorne – 3TD passes of 22, 16, and 47 yards
Cole Stephens – 3TD (2 rushing, one receiving)
Mike Padden – 2TD receptions of 22 and 16 yards, INT

Rachaun McConico – 14 yard rushing TD and 88 yard kick return TD

Lakeside Holds off Surging Granite Falls


Friday Sept. 13 2013 3A-2A Boys Football
Lakeside 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Granite Falls 6 7 20 0 33
Lakeside 14 7 20 7 48

See game recap below

Lakeside Holds off Surging Granite Falls
By Colin Caruso

With the Lakeside tailgate in the background, the Lakeside Lions fans hosted the Tigers from Granite Falls in a non-conference matchup at Lakeside High School. Granite Falls struck first on the third play from scrimmage with a 65 yard run from junior Matthew Hamilton, but a PAT miss kept the score at 6-0. Lakeside responded with three scores in a row, including a rushing and passing touchdown from quarterback Adam Hinthorne to take the lead 21-6, seemingly in control. But Granite Falls responded, needing to gather some momentum before the half, with a short touchdown scamper by quarterback Ben Nelson to cut the halftime lead to 21-13.

The third quarter saw an explosion of offense and special teams scoring, with both teams putting 20 points on the board. Back and forth these teams went, battling on every play with great sportsmanship and composure. Granite Falls struck first with another Matthew Hamilton TD run and a 2 point conversion to tie the game at 21. The Lions answered with a Hinthorne touchdown run, only to be outdone by a Michael Green kickoff return on the ensuing kickoff to cut the Lions lead to one, 28-27. Lakeside responded with another score, but again came Green, returning the ensuing kickoff for another special teams touchdown. Granite Falls failed on their 2 point try, and trailed 35-33. This is the closest the Tigers would come to stealing a win on the road.

Lakeside scored the last two touchdowns of the game, both catches by junior tight end Erik Rottsolk, to seal the 48-33 win.

Top Performers:
Granite Falls
Matthew Hamilton – 2 rushing TD
Michael Green – 2 Kick Return TD

Adam Hinthorne – 23/37 378 yds, 4TD. 2 rushing TD
Erik Rottsolk – 7 catches 81 yds, 2TD

Rainier Beach Wins
3A Boys State Championship


Saturday- March 2 2013 3A Boys Championship
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Rainier Beach 16 16 12 12 6 62
Lakeside 14 12 17 13 3 59

See complete game breakdown below

Rainier Beach Wins 3A Boys State Championship, Conquers Lakeside for
Third Time this Season
By Colin Caruso 

In their fourth matchup of the season, with the season series 2-1 in favor of the Vikings, the Lakeside Lions and the Rainier Beach Vikings faced off for the third and most valuable championship of the season. Beach won the Metro title, Lakeside won the district title, and this one was for all the marbles, lifting the state championship trophy in the Tacoma Dome.

Beach scored the first four points of the game, but Lakeside answered with a quick 7-0 run, sparked by five points from junior D’Marques Tyson. The remainder of the quarter was played close; these two teams are so familiar with each other it would be tough to expect big runs from either team. Elijah Foster for the Vikings had the quarter high with eight, and Beach took a 16-14 lead into the second.

The Vikings began the second with a 7-0 run, increasing the speed in the contest and capitalizing on costly Lakeside turnovers. Star Shaqquan Aaron for the Vikings heated up in the quarter, knocking down two three pointers to lead the Vikings to a 32-26 half.

Beach scored the first five points in the third but Lakeside quickly responded with an 11-0 run to tie the gamenbehind six points from senior Matthew Poplawski, his first points of the contest. The teams exchanged baskets to end the quarter with Beach taking a one point lead into the fourth.

Lakeside took an early lead in the fourth, but Elijah Foster came up big again for the Vikings scoring four straight to put Beach up one with 3:18 remaining. Tyson answered with a three with three minutes remaining to put Lakeside up two, and Poplawski added a layup to go up four with two minutes on the clock.

A pair of free-throws by Naim Ladd from Beach trimmed Lakeside’s lead to just two, but Isabell responded for the Lions with a dribble drive layup with 1:08 on the clock to extend the lead to four, 56-52. Will Dorsey for the Vikings scored the next four points in the contest, knocking down two free throws and finishing on a spectacular layup to tie the game with 5.6 remaining.

Isabell caught the ensuing inbounds pass and drove right down the middle of the floor and was fouled but missed the front end with 1.6 remaining, sending the game to overtime.

Dorsey added four points in the overtime and Lakeside continued to struggle from the line, which came down to the difference in this game. Lakeside shot just 9/16 from the line in the game to Beach’s 18/24, and Beach pulled out the win, 62-59 in overtime. Congratulations to the back to back champions!

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
Elijah Foster (18 points, 10 rebounds)
Will Dorsey (15 points, 4 rebounds)

D’Marques Tyson (14 points, 10 rebounds)
Tramaine Isabell (21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals)

Lakeside shocks Rainier Beach, wins 3A Sea-King District Championship

Saturday- Feb. 16 2013 – 3A – SeaKing District
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lakeside 15 20 18 19 72
Rainier Beach 18 22 8 17 65

Lakeside Freshman Isiah Brown

Lakeside shocks Rainier Beach, wins 3A Sea-King District Championship
By Colin Caruso

With Los Angeles Clipper Jamaal Crawford in the house, Rainier Beach faced off against the Lakeside Lions in the Sea-King district final.  The gym was electric, with the Lakeside student section bringing the noise throughout the contest.

This was the third time these teams had met; once in the regular season where Beach won by 14 and the other in the Metro championship game where Beach won again.  Lakeside came out looking for the upset.

The Lions started the game on a six-zero run, but Beach responded immediately with a nine zero run of their own.  Senior Marquis Davis led the charge for the Vikings, scoring 10 points in the quarter and converting on all three of his three-point attempts.  Lakeside responded with a three pointer by junior Tramaine Isabell to cut the Beach lead to just three after one quarter, 18-15.

Both teams came out hot in the second, with Rainier Beach hitting four threes in the quarter and Lakeside hitting five.  Davis led the way for the Vikings again in the second with eight points, and Beach took a five point lead into half.

Coach Hobson must have focused on defense in the halftime talk with his players, because Lakeside came out with great defensive intensity in the third quarter.  They began by playing relentless defense on Marquis Davis, forcing the ball out of his hands and making another Viking beat them.

Lakeside gave up just eight points in the third to the Vikings, nearly matched by Isabell’s seven for the Lions.  Lakeside reclaimed the lead late in the third on a D’Marques Tyson layup and took a five point lead into the fourth, 53-48.

Both teams were in the bonus early in the fourth quarter, and the game essentially came down to a free-throw contest.  In the final quarter, Lakeside shot 13 for 19 from the line and Rainier Beach shot 9 for 19 from the line, four points that would have drastically changed the outcome of the game.

With 2:57 remaining in the fourth, Beach junior Naim Ladd tied the game at 59 with two free-throws.  Lakeside freshman Isiah Brown responded seven seconds later with two free-throws of his own, and Lakeside would never relinquish the lead from that point.  A laundry list of shooters for both teams came to the stripe, and Lakeside hit more down the stretch to win the 3A Sea-King District Championship, 72-65.  What a game!

Top Performers:
Tramaine Isabell (31 points, 4 steals, 4 rebounds)
D’Marques Tyson (16, 8 rebounds, 4 steals)
Isiah Brown (13 points)

Rainier Beach
Marquis Davis (23 points, 3 steals)
Djuan Piper (10 points, 7 rebounds)
Fuquan Niles (8 points, 7 rebounds)

Lakeside takes control in second quarter, tops Mercer Island

Thursday- Feb. 14 2013 – 3A – SeaKing District
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lakeside 12 25 13 18 68
Mercer Island 22 9 13 17 61

Lakeside takes control in second quarter, tops Mercer Island
By Colin Caruso

In an electric atmosphere in the first semifinal game of the day at Bellevue College, the Mercer Island Islanders took on the Lakeside Lions for a trip to the Sea-King District Final.  Mercer Island came out hot in the first, starting the game on a 13-2 run while capitalizing on three Lion turnovers.  Lakeside could not break into Mercer Island’s 2-3 and 1-3-1 zone, and Mercer Island took a 22-12 lead into the second.

Mercer Island moved into a man to man defense in the second, which allowed Lakeside to heat up from the field.  The Lions went on a 25-6 run in the quarter behind three three-pointers from Tremaine Isabell.  Lakeside took their first lead with 1:52 remaining in the second on an lob dunk from D’Marques Tyson.  Isabell added a pair of free-throws and a layup to take a 37-31 lead into halftime.

Mercer Island came out after the break and matched Lakeside’s intensity on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.  Senior Kaleb Warner knocked down three mid-range jump shots and senior Joe Rasmussen added seven points of his own to lead the Islanders in the quarter.  But Lakeside senior Peter French kept the Lions in front with four offensive rebounds in the quarter and three put-back layups.  Both teams scored 13 in the third and Lakeside took a six point lead into the fourth.

Lakeside continued to keep their foot on the gas in the final quarter.  Six points from Isabell and four points from both Tyson and senior AJ Adekoya were too much for the Islanders to surmount.  Islander senior Kaleb Warner tried to keep his team in the contest with eight points in the quarter, but Lakeside’s 13 point lead with 1:18 to play was too much for Mercer Island, and the Lions closed the contest with a 68-61 win.

Next Match-ups:
Lakeside vs. Rainier Beach- Sea-King District Final
Saturday – 6:30 PM at Bellevue College.
Mercer Island vs. Franklin- 3rd/4th place game
Saturday – 11:30 AM at Bellevue College.

Top Performers:
Tremaine Isabell (27)
D’Marques Tyson (19)

Mercer Island
Kaleb Warner (24)
Joe Rasmussen (14, 8 rebounds)

Lakeside goes 3-1 against Seattle Prep on the season, advances to state

Lakeside goes 3-1 against Seattle Prep on the season, advances to state
By Colin Caruso 

Tuesday- Feb. 12 -2013- 3A SeaKing District
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lakeside 13 7 8 22 50
Seattle Prep 8 10 15 15 48

In their fourth matchup this year, the Seattle Prep Panthers took on the Lakeside Lions with a berth to state at stake.  The crowd was electric for this Metro contest in a SeaKing District match-up.

Seattle Prep jumped on Lakeside defensively and forced seven turnovers in the first quarter but could not capitalize off their defensive pressure.  Lakeside built a 7-6 lead and added two more uncontested layups by junior Tremaine Isabell to go up 11-6; they closed the quarter up 13-8.

Both teams came out cold to start the second, combining for only 17 points in the quarter.  Prep came back to take the lead on a DJ Fenner basket with 3:38 remaining in the second, 16-15.  But Lakeside scored five of the last seven points to go into halftime with the lead, 20-18.

Prep started the third quarter on a 9-2 run to take the lead back from the Lions, 27-22.  The teams exchanged baskets for the remainder of the quarter, and Prep took a 33-28 lead into the fourth.

Lakeside came out hot in the fourth, with two baskets in the first minute to cut the Panther lead to one.  The Lions added three pointers from D’Marques Tyson and Matthew Poplawski to take a four point lead with 4:39 remaining, 38-34.

Prep continued to battle, cutting the lead to two with 1:14 remaining on a three pointer by senior Jack Roger.  Isabell for the Lions answered from the free-throw line, hitting three of four in the final minute to secure a Lion victory, 50-48.

With the win, Lakeside secures a trip to state and will play Mercer Island at 3pm at Bellevue College on Thursday.  The Panthers will play will play O’Dea in a loser out game at Bellevue College on Friday at 3pm.

Leading Scorers:
Tremaine Isabell (18)
Matthew Poplawski (10, 5 rebounds)

Seattle Prep
DJ Fenner (15)
Laurence Hicks (10)

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Beach Holds off Lakeside, Wins 3A Metro Title

Beach Holds off Lakeside, Wins 3A Metro Title
By Colin Caruso 

Friday- Feb. 8 -2013- Metro League Championship
Garfield High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lakeside 13 10 21 17 61
Rainier Beach 10 27 12 20 69

The #2 ranked Rainier Beach Vikings took on the Lakeside Lions for the Metro League Championship on Friday night in a packed house at Garfield High School.  The regular season contest between these two ended in a 14-point win for the Vikings, but with the Metro title at stake and the building electric, everyone knew this would come down to the wire.

Lakeside started the game aggressively, attacking the hoop and drawing contact going through the lane.  Viking starters Fuquan Niles and Shaqquan Aaron both picked up two fouls late in the first quarter and ended up sitting for the remainder of the half.  Lakeside’s smothering defense held the Vikings to just 10 points in the quarter, and the Lions took a 13-10 lead into the second.

Rainier Beach’s shooting woes in the first turned into a shooting clinic in the second.  The Vikings began the quarter on a 14-0 run, forcing five Lion turnovers and capitalizing on baskets in transition.  Senior Marquis Davis led the Vikings with eight points in the quarter, followed closely by teammate Elijah Foster with seven.  Beach took a 37-23 lead into the half.

The tables turned again in the third quarter; it was now Lakeside’s turn to put their foot on the gas, starting the quarter on a 15-5 run.  Niles picked up his fourth foul with 5:20 remaining in the third, and Lion big man Peter French picked up his fourth foul with 4:53 remaining in the period.

Lakeside kept up their offensive rhythm until the game took a turn with 1:03 remaining in the third on a hard foul by Marquis Davis.  Unfortunately, this did not turn out well for the Vikings as Marquis Davis was ejected, Shaqquan Aaron and Coach Mike Bethea both receiving technical fouls.  Lakeside junior Tremaine Isabell also received a technical foul.  The outcome gave four free-throws to the Lions, and Matthew Poplawski stepped up to the line and made all four.  Lakeside outscored Beach in the quarter 21-12, cutting the Viking lead to five entering the fourth.

Lakeside continued to battle in the fourth quarter, exchanging baskets with the Vikings and chipping away at the Beach lead.  Lakeside cut the lead to just three with 32 seconds left, with the ball.  Lion coach Tavio Hobson drew up a play for the Lions, but the inbounds pass was stolen by Rainier Beach and led to a leak-out dribble drive that forced Lakeside to foul from behind.  The foul was ruled a flagrant, giving Beach two free-throws and the ball, ending Lakeside’s chances at the upset.

Beach won in a nail-biter, 69-61.  It was a Great Game to watch!

Leading Scorers:
Tramaine Isabell (18)
Matthew Poplawski (15)

Rainier Beach
Marquis Davis (16)
Djuan Piper (14)