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—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.