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It was a pretty proud day for Seattle sports fans yesterday. Fans poured onto the streets to celebrate the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win and took to social media to express their joy.
We’ll start this week’s The Fifth Quarter by looking at the reaction of high school basketball players on Twitter.
— Tramaine Isabell (@oTrillMaine) February 3, 2014
We Bout That ACTION Boss
Running around throwing skittles all over the place is definitely worth the weird looks and yelling from the neighbors
— Jason Todd (@Jason_Todd10) February 3, 2014
I say it all the time. DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS #12s
— Your ✌️k MyPlayer (@JoshMartin_206) February 3, 2014
Ty Gibson’s game-winner gives Issaquah upset. You have probably heard by now, especially if you’re a regular on this blog, but Issaquah beat Garfield on Saturday, 65-63, handing the Bulldogs their first loss of the season. Garfield stayed at No. 1 in the rankings this week (see explanation below) and Issaquah, despite the upset, was unable to crack the top 10 — the Bulldogs were the only 4A top 10 team to lose last week.
It was a big win for Issaquah as a program, though.
“I think it makes them believe,” Issaquah coach Jason Griffith said. “We’ve been close the last couple years with Garfield. We lost a double-digit lead last year when we played them. We had two free throws down one this year with 15 seconds left. I, obviously, just being around our basketball area for a long time, have a lot of respect for the Garfield program.”
The game had a close ending and actually presented a coaching decision for Griffith that’s often debated — whether to intentionally foul when up three points. Here’s the breakdown of the end of the game.
With Issaquah down 59-57, Gibson hit a three-pointer with 51 seconds left. The Eagles got a stop and fouled Gibson with 38 seconds remaining. Gibson went to the line for a one-and-one, hit both and Issaquah led 62-59. Tramaine Isabell answered with a 24-foot three-pointer with 26 seconds left to tie the game, 62-62.
It was Gibon’s turn next, who answered with a three-pointer of his own with 5.1 seconds left. Isabell was intentionally fouled, made the first and purposely missed the second. Garfield was unable to secure the board and the game was essentially over.
The interesting coaching decision came when Griffith decided to intentionally foul Isabell instead of allowing the Bulldogs to have a chance to shoot a three-pointer for the tie. Griffith said he’s seen so many basketball games where a team is allowed to shoot a three-pointer for the tie.
“We had battled for 32 minutes and I wanted to keep it a 32-minute game,” “We had some kids in foul trouble, so it was just something that we wanted them to either win a miraculous game or we would come away with what I consider just the better odds of winning that type of game.”
Garfield stays at No. 1. Despite the loss, I kept the Bulldogs No. 1 in this week’s rankings. The decision was made because Issaquah is a quality team. Although not currently ranked, Issaquah has been earlier this season and would have moved into the top 10 if a team in front of them had lost last week.
One could make a case for Jackson to move back into the No. 1 spot, which it held until its loss to 3A No. 4 Lincoln on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The reason why I didn’t move Jackson back up is because I felt Garfield played well enough in its two other games earlier in the week to hold onto the top spot.