Nothing about the start of Tuesday’s game was out of the ordinary.
Then Tramaine Isabell got hot — really hot.
Isabell hit seven straight shots to close out the first quarter en route to a 37-point outburst to lead No. 1 Garfield to a 103-71 home victory over Bothell.
“If he misses, I’m going for the rebound and I’m going to get it and give it right back to him,” senior Zechariah Shepherd said.
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There weren’t a lot of misses for Isabell on Tuesday, including from beyond the three-point line, where he hit six shots. The final three baskets of his torrid scoring stretch to end the first quarter were all three-pointers. The final two were well beyond NBA range, including one at the buzzer. He scored 18 in the quarter.
Isabell acknowledged he’ll have to be able to be a more consistent shooter at the next level and worked on his outside shooting with NBA players — former Garfield stars Brandon Roy and Will Conroy, to name two — during the offseason.
The Washington State signee, who entered the game second in KingCo in scoring at 22.7 points per game, also added in numerous dribble-drives that resulted in layups or passes to open teammates. He also finished with seven assists.
“I usually just pick my spots, but today we started off slow and somebody needed to get us going,” Isabell said. “Me being the scorer on the team, I took it upon myself; my teammates put me in the right position.”
While Isabell provided the scoring, the Garfield defense did its part by shutting down 6-foot-9 Josh Martin, the league’s leading scorer.
“With Josh (13 points), we just try to crowd him — make him shoot jump shots,” Bulldogs coach Ed Haskins said. “He can shoot them, absolutely. I love Josh. Josh is a great kid, but I feel like if there’s any area of his game that he will work on, I’m sure, is that jump shot.”
The sharpshooting of freshman Josh Kollman, who had 20 points (18 on three-pointers), helped keep Bothell (9-8) close in the first half, but Garfield (17-0) proved to be too much.