The surprising Bellarmine Prep boys basketball season came to a close Friday night at Puyallup High School in the 4A State Regional Tournament. The Lions, who at one point sat in last place in the Narrows League standings, were unable to keep pace with a quick and talented squad from Issaquah, going down 64-46.
Bellarmine scratched and clawed their way through a tough season, but would not overcome the absence of their all-star guard Mar’kese Jackson, who went down with a torn ACL in last week’s District game against Stadium.
While the Lions (15-12} kept pace with Issaquah for most of the first half, an 8-0 Eagles run in the last 2:30 pushed their lead to 35-25 at the break and Issaquah (18-6} never looked back. Issaquah converted 13 of 23 shots in the second half and had success on the defensive end, contesting nearly every pass, dribble and shot of Bellarmine, ultimately snuffing any chances of a comeback run.
Issaquah’s Ty Gibson led all scorers with 22 points and teammate Brian Watson added 18 points. Bellarmine was led by Rex Bodoia’s 16 points, with Will Wolf and Carson Hollyoak each tallying 11 points.
BELLARMINE: Malachi Flynn 2, Alec Foege 2, Garrett McKay 4, Rex Bodoia 16, Will Wolf 11, Carson Hollyoak 11.
ISSAQUAH: Ty Gibson 22, Brian Watson 18, Trevon Ary-Turner 8, Jake Henke 4, Cory Nevin 2, Scott Kellum 2, Addison McIrvin 8