It was a two-man game for Lakeside, but that's all they needed to defeat Bellevue 58-54 in the 3A boys basketball state fourth-place game Saturday morning at the Tacoma Dome.
Lions junior guard Isiah Brown had 31 points on 11-for-27 shooting and grabbed six rebounds, and sophomore guard Daejon Davis had a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds, together accounting for all but 10 of Lakeside's points.
Brown tied the modern 3A state tournament record of 78 points over three games, which was set by Lincoln's Ahmaad Rorie in 2013, but missed a free throw in the final minute that would have given him the record outright.
“I guess that mean's we'll have to come back next year,” Brown joked after finding out how close he was to the record.
“Obviously, that's not something you set out to do coming in. I came here to win,” Brown added. “That and a fourth-place finish isn't too bad. I'll take it.”
Bellevue (24-5), which stormed out to an 8-0 lead to start the game, was stymied from then on by the zone defense of Lakeside (23-8). In the second quarter, it took the Wolverines more than six minutes before they scored their first field goal.
Senior forward Gunther Klimes led Bellevue with 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting and had eight rebounds, and junior guard Sharif Khan added 14 points and six rebounds. The Wolverines finished in sixth place in the tournament, with Lakeside being just the second in-state team to beat Bellevue this season (the Wolverines twice lost to Rainier Beach).