Lakeside guard Isiah Brown was able to cut to the basket several times on Wednesday afternoon – but he ran into a big problem once he got there.
Seattle Prep’s inside force of Jordan Kitchen, J’raan Brooks, and Collin Welp – each of whom is listed at 6-foot-7 or taller – was just too much for Brown and the Lions to overcome in a 63-51 Panthers victory at the Tacoma Dome.
Even when Lakeside was able to race off on a two-on-one fast break, Seattle Prep would get a blocked shot the majority of the time.
“Defense is the key for us,” said Kitchen. “We’re really long and we’re really tall. We try to stay close together so the offensive player won’t see any gaps.”
Kitchen – one of just two seniors who played for Seattle Prep – scored ten points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and had three blocked shots.
Brooks pulled down 12 boards as Seattle Prep out-rebounded Lakeside, 45-31. Welp had a pair of blocks.
Daejon Davis led Lakeside (21-8) with 22 points. Brown scored 20, but it came at the cost of a 6-for-23 shooting night due to the inside presence of the Panthers.
Seattle Prep plays the winner of the Garfield/Kennedy Catholic game at 7:15 on Friday. Lakeside faces the loser of the Garfield/Kennedy Catholic game at 12:15 Friday.