Lakesided 69, University 48
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.”
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Lakeside 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.”
Franklin 78, Timberline 55
Franklin coach Jason Kerr threw his hands up in the air to simulate a roller-coaster ride. The point: His team’s season has been just like that, alternating between up and down.
And No. 8 Franklin’s 78-55 win against Timberline in the Class 3A state quarterfinals on Thursday was no different. The Quakers were solid, if unspectacular, in the first half. They were great in the second half.
“The roller coaster, man,” Kerr said. “Put your hands up and say, Whooo. It’s a roller coaster.”
If that’s the case, Franklin is on the downhill part of its ride at the moment. The Quakers held a five-point lead at halftime before exploding for a 20-7 run in the third quarter that buried Timberline.
“It was about energy,” Kerr said. “We had the energy that we brought for stints in the first half and then solid in the second half. That really is the difference.”
The Quakers are most effective when they are pressuring teams defensively and running on offense. That’s exactly what they did in the second half against Timberline.
Eugene Artison, Franklin’s 6-8 junior center, controlled the inside, scoring 23 points, grabbing eight rebounds and altering a number of shots. Patrick Ball, Franklin’s leading scorer, added 16 points and nine rebounds.
That 20-7 run in the third quarter put Franklin up 18. Artison capped the run with a three-pointer, and Franklin would never look back. In fact, the Quakers’ largest lead was 23, the final margin of the win.
The Quakers withstood a 30-point barrage from Donaven Dorsey, Timberline’s 6-6 junior who is receiving Division-I interest. Dorsey had 18 of those points in the first half, when he held Timberline in the game.
But he wasn’t nearly as effective in the second half.
“He’s a heck of a guy to have to try to guard,” Kerr said. “I just liked the way our guys kept coming at him even when he kept making shots.”
Franklin will play the winner of Rainier Beach and Seattle Prep in the 3A semifinals on Friday.