Marcus Williams can do just about anything on a high-school basketball court. He stands 6 feet 7, all arms and legs and grace. He can post up, or play the perimeter. Opposing coaches have yet...
BOTHELL — Marcus Williams can do just about anything on a high-school basketball court. He stands 6 feet 7, all arms and legs and grace. He can post up, or play the perimeter.
Opposing coaches have yet to find a way to stop him.
So when push came to shove last night, and the outcome that once seemed certain suddenly looked anything but, Williams did what he usually does in such situations. He took over.
The Roosevelt High senior scored 16 of his team’s 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Class 4A Roughriders held off Issaquah, the state’s sixth-ranked team in 3A, 64-57 in the first round of the Oh Boy! Oberto Christmas Classic at Bothell High School.
Williams, who has signed with Arizona, finished with a season-high 37 points on 11-of-18 shooting, eight rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks.
“I feel that my role on the team is to lead,” Williams said. “I really wanted to make sure that we took advantage of our lead. We didn’t want it to slip away. I kind of told our guys I wouldn’t let us lose, that I’d do whatever it took.”
The Roughriders (3-1) advance to face 10th-ranked South Kitsap (5-0) in the semifinals today at 7 p.m. at Bothell. The Wolves from Port Orchard beat Renton earlier yesterday.
After leading by as many as 15 points in the second half, Roosevelt saw its lead dwindle to 42-39 early in the fourth quarter as the Eagles (7-1) mounted a 13-2 run behind senior guard Garrison Carr.
Carr scored 11 consecutive points during the burst and finished with a team-high 30 points on 9-of-26 shooting, seven rebounds and three steals.
Roosevelt responded with a jumper from Williams at the 7-minute mark and returned its lead to double digits with a 10-2 run over the next 1:45.
“All the good ones make everybody around them better,” said first-year Roosevelt coach Bart Brandenburg of Williams. “This team is starting to trust each other, which we’ve been working on ever since I stepped through the doors at Roosevelt.”
The loss snapped a seven-game Issaquah win streak and marked the Eagles’ first defeat this season.
“They outplayed us, outhustled us, outcoached us, and outmanned us the whole game,” said Issaquah coach Jeff Patrick. “We fought, made a little run, tried to make it interesting. But for the most part we didn’t play the way we’ve been playing the last seven games and that’s probably my fault.”
David Grant added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Roosevelt.
South Kitsap 82, Renton 65
Derrick Webb scored 22 points to lead four Wolves in double figures as South Kitsap (5-0) from Port Orchard, ranked 10th in Class 4A, rolled against 3A Renton (4-2).
South Kitsap pulled away with a 13-5 run late in the third quarter. Marc Williams scored 29 points on 13-of-23 shooting for Renton. He had 17 of the Indians’ first 22 points.
Kennedy 62, Interlake 52
Sophomore De Angelo Jones, a 6-3 guard, scored 35 points on 13-of-24 shooting and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds as Kennedy (5-1) of the Seamount League beat Interlake (5-3) of the KingCo 3A Conference.
Interlake senior Bryce Brigham scored 24.
Bothell 63, Clover Park 58
Seth Johnson scored 20 points and made 7 of 10 free-throw attempts in the final 1:39 as 4A Bothell (3-1) held off 3A Clover Park (3-5).
The Cougars took the lead for good, 42-40, on a layin by senior Jake Grant with 5:58 remaining.