The chances were there, the shots just wouldn’t fall for Issaquah Tuesday night.
Fighting to extend their season, the Eagles missed two potential game-tying three-pointers in the final 5 seconds before falling 56-53 to Roosevelt in a loser-out KingCo 4A contest.
“The guys had some good looks, they just didn’t fall when we needed them to fall,” Issaquah head coach Jeff Altchech said.
Eagle senior Robby Primrose got the first look from the top of the key. He appeared to draw contact, but not enough for a foul. His shot sailed wide right of the rim.
“He’s obviously been our leader all year long, he’s been our go-to guy all year,” Altchech said.
Roosevelt grabbed the rebound, but turned the ball over at the Issaquah end of the court with 2.3 seconds left. Connor McClain made an inbound pass to half court where Drew Nale received it. He took a few dribbles to his right and heaved up a 35-footer that fell short of the rim.
“They never gave up,” Altchech said. “As a coach you always want your players to play hard for you and they certainly did that.”
Issaquah matched its biggest lead of six, 53-47, with 2:51 remaining on jump shot from Nale. Then the Eagles went cold, missing their final five field goals. They also went 0-for-2 from the free-throw line.
Roosevelt, on the other hand, caught fire. The Roughriders hit their final four shots, including a layup off a steal from Kai Hoyt. Hoyt also hit two free throws with 28 seconds left to provide the three-point cushion.
“Roosevelt hit some big shots, you’ve got to give them credit,” Altchech said.
Issaquah held the lead through the first quarter, fell behind 26-21 at halftime and retook the lead on a Primrose three-pointer, 29-27, with 5:22 left in the third. The Eagles held the lead until the closing minutes of the fourth.
Primrose scored a game-high 21, but was held scoreless in the fourth. Ross Zuhl added 11 for the Eagles. Roosevelt, which advanced to a winner-to-state game Saturday, was led by River Voorhees’ 19 points.
Issaquah ended its season with a 13-10 overall record. Altchech said he couldn’t be more pleased with the effort his players gave this season.
“They played their hearts out,” he said. “They started out 1-4. A lot of guys would have packed it in. These guys have a lot of character, a lot of heart.”