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Prep boys basketball: Issaquah 46, Shorecrest 45

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BOTHELL -- A switch by the Issaquah defense to a full-court press in the second half and a tip-in by Ryan Sexton with two seconds remaining led Issaquah to a close victory over Shorecrest in the first round of the Bothell Holiday Tournament.
The Scots trailed early, but a 20-point outburst in the second quarter led toa 26-22 halftime lead. But after a low-scoring third quarter, Issaquah stormed back with a 20-point quarter of its own in the final quarter to take the win.
"We dug ourselves a hole in the first quarter," said Scots assistant coach Mark Haner. "(Issaquah) played man-to-man most of the game, but they became more aggressive in the fourth quarter and we turned the ball over too many times."
Shorecrest made a go-ahead basket when junior guard Benny Ortega beat the Eagles' full court press and made a lay-in to put the Scots up 45-44 with less than a minute remaining, setting up Sexton's game-winning basket.
Conin Oishi led all Shorecrest scorers with 14 points.
At Bothell H.S.
Shorecrest 6 20 7 12 -- 45
Issaquah 16 6 4 20 -- 46
Shorecrest--Conin Oishi 14, Benny Ortega 6, Zach Lawson 6, Liam O'Neill 2, Jake Scherf 0, Sam Franks 3, Masamba Njadoe 2, Dylan Pontrello 4, Alex Horning 8. Issaquah--Bair 0, Ryan Sexton 8, Ty Gibson 12, Brian Watson 10, Cory Nevin 4, Jake Henke 8, Lucas Schiltz 0, Gage Leinheim 4, Van Holley 0. 3-point goals--Oishi 2, Lawson 2, Franks 1, Gibson 2. Records--Shorecrest 5-4 overall. Issaquah not reported.

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