Lions, Islanders earn trips to regionals | Sea-King 3A Basketball
Tramaine Isabell scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Lions claim their first trip to regionals since 1991.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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BELLEVUE — Lakeside guard Tramaine Isabell didn't go to school on Monday because he was too sick. A day later, Isabell didn't miss a beat down the stretch in Lakeside's 50-48 win against Seattle Prep at Bellevue College in the Sea-King 3A District boys basketball tournament.
Isabell scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter and routinely halted Prep runs with a bucket or assist.
The fourth-ranked Lions (19-4) clinched a spot in regionals (formerly considered the state playoffs) for the first time in 22 years and beat Prep (17-7) for the third time in four tries this season.
"You'll notice, Tramaine's not scoring as much," said Lakeside coach Tavio Hobson. "But the plays he's making down the stretch are getting other guys great shots. That's when you go from a pretty good player to a great player."
Seattle Prep led by five after three quarters, but Lakeside opened the fourth with a 10-1 run.
Prep wouldn't go away, though. Seconds after entering the game off the bench, Jack Roger hit a three-pointer that cut Lakeside's lead to 47-45 with 1:15 left.
But Isabell hit 3 of 4 free throws to close out the win.
The Lions' 7-foot center, Peter French, scored just two points but came up with four blocks and 12 rebounds.
"How about Peter French?" Hobson said. "He was a force inside."
Seattle Prep's D.J. Fenner, the area's second-leading scorer, finished with 17 points, but Lakeside held him to one in the fourth quarter. Laurence Hicks scored 13 for Prep.
Lakeside plays Mercer Island at 3 p.m. Thursday in the district semifinals. Prep plays O'Dea Friday in a loser-out game.
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Mercer Island 44, O'Dea 42
Kaleb Warner scored all seven of Mercer Island's points in the fourth quarter and had a couple of timely steals as the second-ranked Islanders (21-2) clinched a spot in regionals.
"He's a big-game guy, and he stepped up," Mercer Island coach Gavin Cree said. "It wasn't anybody's best game for us, but he stepped up when he had to."
O'Dea (14-10) led much of the second half, but Warner's guarded jumper gave Mercer Island a 44-42 lead with 55 seconds left. He led the Islanders with 12 points. Joe Rasmussen and Nick Nordale each added 11.
Tyler Kidd led O'Dea with 13 points.