Now that we’ve had a couple days to recover from the state tournament (OK, maybe it was for me to catch up on sleep) let’s take a brief look back on the three days of 4A/3A games.
(Remember, the tournament was large and there were many great performances, etc., so the following choices, in many cases, are just one of many.)
Performance of the tournament: Tramaine Isabell, Garfield, championship game
Isabell stepped up when he needed to, and it was a big-time performance. The senior guard scored 22 of his tournament-high 34 points in the first half of the title game on Saturday, leading Garfield to the championship. In the second half, Isabell became much more of a distributor. He found Torrence Baker under the hoop with a nice dish in the final couple minutes, who was fouled and made a two free throws to give Garfield the lead for good. He then hit two free throws of his own on the next possession to make it a two-bucket lead.
Best defensive effort (team): Eastside Catholic, championship game
I know, I know, Eastside Catholic lost the title game to Rainier Beach. If you watched the game, though, you’ll know just how great of a defensive performance the Crusaders had. Eastside Catholic had previously kept Rainier Beach to 68 points in a three-point loss and I figured if it could maybe limit the Vikings to 60 points on Saturday, the championship would be going home with them. Instead, the Crusaders only allowed 47 points, on 29.8 percent (17 of 57) shooting. Considering how dynamic the Vikings are offensively, that is very impressive.
Best performance no one heard about: Jacob DeVries, Richland, quarterfinals
Most people had filtered out of the Tacoma Dome by the time Richland and Wenatchee tipped off around 9 pm on Thursday for an opening-round contest. Those that stayed saw quite the performance from DeVries, who hit three-pointers, drove to the hoop and scored 33 points for the Bombers. He also grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists to get Richland past Wenatchee, 78-49, in the quarterfinals.