Issaquah Indians escape with gutsy win over Wildcat's

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Last Friday's Kingco 3A boys' basketball game between the Issaquah Indians and the Mount Si Wildcats had all the makings of a great game, with two good teams battling for first place in the Valley Division. It lived up to the billing as the Indians squeaked out a 66-63 road win over a Mount Si Wildcat team that gave the Indians everything it had. The loss ended Mount Si's six-game win streak, dating back to Dec. 20 when the Wildcats beat Liberty.

Indians' senior forward Hans Gasser scored a game-high 28 to lead Issaquah, while fellow senior forward Colin Curtis added 14 to pace the Indians. Gasser and Curtis were among only four players that scored the entire game for the Indians. Mount Si was led in defeat by the 23 points of senior guard Logan Ratcliffe, while junior Hank Kennedy added 13 for the Wildcats.

Those efforts aside, the game came down to several questionable foul calls against the Wildcats in the last minutes of regulation. While Coach Garrick Phillips praised his team for it's effort, he was not pleased at the calls.

"I just got done telling my kids I'm extremely proud of them. It's unfortunate that outside influences, you know, had something to do with the outcome of the game . . . stuff that was out of our control. And I thought my kids did everything they could, and that's frustrating for them to put that much energy into a game that I think we should have won, and to come out on the losing end is really tough to take for these kids," said Phillips.

Missing star junior post Jeremy Johnston due to an ankle injury suffered during last Tuesday's win at Cedarcrest didn't help matters either, admitted senior guard/forward Casey Hough.

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