In one of the more exciting games of the season, Issaquah knocked off previously undefeated No. 1 Garfield on the road, 65-63. It is the first time Jason Griffith remembers the Bulldogs losing a KingCo game at home in his four years as the Eagles’ head coach.
“I reminded the team multiple times in the fourth quarter, this is what it’s all about, this is why we play high school basketball,” Griffith said. “You couldn’t ask for a better atmosphere against a great team. They just kept perservering and believing in each other.”
The game was a back-and-forth affair. Ty Gibson hit a three-pointer to put Issaquah up 62-59 with about 50 seconds left. After a Garfield timeout, Tramaine Isabell had to put up a deep three-pointer at the end of the shot clock with about 20 seconds remaining to tie the game, 62-62.
Gibson responded, though, hitting another long ball with 5.1 seconds left in the game (you can watch the game-winning shot if you have an Instagram account). Issaquah decided to foul and Isabell hit the first free throw of a one-and-one and missed the second on purpose, but the Eagles grabbed the rebound.
Gibson scored 27 points on 9 of 14 from the field, while hitting five three-pointers on six attempts. Trevon Ary-Turner added 12 points, four assists and three rebounds.