Sixth-ranked Lakeside overcame an early deficit and 40 points by Seattle Prep's D.J. Fenner to beat the No. 2 Panthers, 66-63.
“This is what wins games right here,” Lakeside coach Tavio Hobson shouted to his bench over the din at Seattle Prep, imploring his team to get a stop.
Lakeside got a stop. And the next eight points.
And, ultimately, the No. 6 Lions got a 66-63 upset of No. 2 Seattle Prep Friday night, coming back from an early deficit and surviving a 40-point performance by the Panthers’ D.J. Fenner.
“The difference between good teams and great teams is how well you’re able to be resilient,” Hobson said.
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Fenner, a Nevada recruit who came into the game averaging 27.9 points, hit a three-pointer to give Seattle Prep a 53-52 lead with 5:53 remaining.
But Lakeside soon took charge, and Matthew Poplawski’s pull-up jumper from the free-throw line gave the Lions a 56-55 lead with 3:21 to play.
Then came Hobson’s plea for defense. Lakeside scored the next eight points, and the Lions (11-3, 8-3 league) were on their way to a Metro Mountain Division upset of the Panthers (13-3, 10-2).
It was the second consecutive defeat for Seattle Prep, which started 13-1. The Panthers lost 58-56 to unranked O’Dea on Tuesday.
Prep led 11-2 five minutes into Friday night’s game, as star guard Tramaine Isabell hadn’t found his shooting touch for the Lions.
But a putback by junior guard D’Marques Tyson jump-started the Lions, Isabell hit a lean-in bank shot and Lakeside finished the first quarter on a 14-0 run.
Poplawski, a 5-foot-11 senior guard, gave Lakeside the lead with a steal and drive to the rim. Poplawski was the Lions’ catalyst, collecting eight points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals.
“He changes games, and he doesn’t change games necessarily with his offense,” Hobson said. “He makes the plays that a senior winner does.”
Isabell scored 27 points and Tyson had 23 for Lakeside.
Fenner moved past Martell Webster into fourth place on Seattle Prep’s career scoring list. He trails Erik Bond, Mitch Brewe and David Emslie. Spencer Hawes is sixth.