Tramaine Isabell scored a season-high 31 points as the Lions snapped the Vikings' 14-game winning streak.
BELLEVUE — When the game ended and No. 4 Lakeside had knocked off No. 1 Rainier Beach 72-65 Saturday, the Lions headed to center court for the trophy presentation.
They hadn’t been in this position in more than 20 years, and parents and students crowded the edge of the court for pictures and to cheer. It was the reward for hanging on to win the Sea-King 3A District boys title and beating Beach for the first time in three tries.
But it also validated something else: Lakeside (21-4) is playing its best basketball of the season heading into the playoffs.
“You want to peak at the end of the season, and I think we’re doing that right now,” Lakeside coach Tavio Hobson said. “I’m so proud of the way we came together. That was an adverse environment. There were times we could have been down and could have given it up. And we didn’t do that.”
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Lakeside guard Tramaine Isabell turned in his finest performance of the season. Isabell, a junior, scored a season-high 31 points. He hit a running three-pointer at the end of the second quarter that cut Beach’s lead to 40-35.
It was a spark, and Lakeside kept it going after that.
The Lions took the lead for the first time midway through the third quarter on a layup from D’Marques Tyson. The teams traded leads the rest of the way.
But in the fourth quarter, Beach (21-4) missed 9 of 19 free throws and shot just 25 percent from the field. Marquis Davis led Beach with 23 points, 18 in the first half.
The defeat snapped Beach’s 14-game winning streak and was only the school’s second defeat to an in-state team this year.
Lakeside freshman guard Isiah Brown remained cool under pressure, hitting 6 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter and finishing with 13 points. Tyson added 14.