TACOMA – Peter French picked a good time to turn in his best game of the season.
French, Lakeside’s 7-foot center, scored a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds in leading No. 1 Lakeside to a 69-48 win against No. 9 University in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state tournament.
“Peter was focused and locked in,” Lakeside coach Tavio Hobson said. “He’s a senior and a captain and you expect performances like that when guys come to the Tacoma Dome from your leaders and your seniors.”
Lakesdie jumped all over University from the beginning. The Lions led by eight after the first quarter, by 17 at halftime and extended that lead to as many as 26 in the second half.
D’Marques Tyson added 13 points for Lakeside while Isiah Brown scored 12 and Matthew Poplawski chipped in 11.
Tramaine Isabell, the Lions’ leading scorer, scored just five points – his second-lowest total of the season – and made just one of 11 shots. But he had nine rebounds, five assists and three steals, and Hobson credited him in part for Lakeside’s efficiency.
University’s Brett Bailey, a San Diego signee, scored 13 points, 10 below his season average.
The Lions will now face off against No. 3 Lincoln on Friday in the 3A state semifinals. The Abes feature future Pac-12 players Tre-Shaun Fletcher and Ahmaad Rorie. The duo combined for 50 points in Lincoln’s 68-47 win against No. 6 Mountlake Terrace.
“There’s a reason why they’ve been top five just about all year,” Hobson said. “I think they’re athletic, I think they’re quick. We’ll have to play a heck of a game to play them tomorrow.”