Posted On: 01/23/20 3:29 PM

The most anticipated game of the year so far did not disappoint on MLK Day. I made the drive from the King Showcase in Kent to the plateau of Sammamish to capture the action. Eastside Catholic had the home court advantage and jumped out to an early lead, leading 24-11 after one, but O'Dea refused to go down without a fight. The two heavyweights would trade punches, but the first quarter run proved to be too much for O'Dea to overcome. Eastside Catholic would take the victory 79-69 in part of of this multiple game series with playoffs and state ahead. 

Game Notes:

Eastside Catholic's pressure was intense! In some past games, they have not used an all out pressure, but seemed to catch O'Dea off guard by jumping on them in the first half. Unsigned senior Syon Blackmon was excellent on defense and also chipped in 9 points. 2021 6'5 SF Isaac Ticeson was also tough on that end of the floor, using his length and quick reaction times to cause havoc. He was also good for 9 points playing his role. The full court pressure and trapping corners was a total team effort as players

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