Isiah Brown had a not-so-Isiah-Brown shooting effort for the Lakeside of Seattle boys basketball team in Thursday’s 3A state quarterfinal loss to Seattle Prep.
He was back to Isiah Brown form Friday.
The junior guard scored 15 of his game-high 27 points after Kennedy Catholic tied the game late in the third quarter as the Lions pulled away for a 67-38 victory in a loser-out consolation game Friday at the Tacoma Dome.
This after making 6 of 23 shots, still scoring 20 points, in Lakeside’s 63-51 loss to Metro League rival Seattle Prep on Thursday.
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“I was just trying to let the game come to me, trying not to force it,” said Brown, who averaged 28.2 points per game coming into the state tournament. “I did a little bit of that yesterday.”
Lakeside advances to face the winner of Bellevue-Marysville-Pilchuck at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the fourth-sixth place game.
The Lions led 25-11 in the second quarter on Brown’s basket. But Kennedy rallied back to tie it at 31 with about three minutes left in the third on a finish inside from senior forward A.J. McGrew, who scored a team-high 20 points.
Brown put the Lions back on top with a free throw, then got a three-point play early in the fourth to push Lakeside’s lead to 52-39. He finished 10-for-19 shooting, including 7 of 9 from the free-throw line.
“I just wanted to step up and tried to do everything I could to get us some separation,” Brown said. “I was just trying to bring everybody with me and trying to get the guys to play at a higher pace.”
Kennedy ends its season at 23-4 and made the state tournament for the second time since the 2011-12 season.