Boys' Basketball Finishes Fifth in State Playoffs

The Northwest School boys' basketball team's deepest postseason run in school history ended with a fifth place finish after falling to Zillah High School, 76-73, on Saturday, March 3. Senior Gabriel R. set a state tournament record, shooting 73 percent (11 of 15) from three-point range over the four tournament games.

It was the second close finish for Northwest in two days. On Friday, March 2, the boys almost pulled the upset over No. 1 Lynden Christian in the semifinals. Junior Isaiah J. hit a buzzer beating three pointer to tie the score 56-56 and force the first of two overtimes. Lynden Christian would eventually pull away, 73-69.

Northwest is led by junior Isaiah J., who was named an ECL first-team all-league player, and the ECL most valuable player during the regular season. He is joined by second-team all-league seniors Jamie C. and Azure H. The boys finished the regular season ranked No. 6 in the state's RPI rankings.

The boys opened this season with 14 consecutive wins, including victories over larger 3A Seattle schools such as Roosevelt and Ballard. The boys finished the regular season with an 11-1 record in league play, and an 18-3 record overall.