SEATTLE – Lakes High boys basketball coach JoJo Rodriguez likes to say that guard Andrew Holloway plays his best in the biggest games.
Holloway proved Rodriguez right on Monday against Garfield High at the King Holiday Hoopfest.
Holloway led the Lancers rally that turned a 28-point third-quarter deficit into a 73-68 double-overtime win at Alaska Airlines Arena.
“He drives me crazy in the mediocre games,” Rodriguez said of Holloway, “but in the big games, the big moments, the dude always does it.”
Holloway scored all 20 of his points after halftime. He converted a three-point play with 1 minute, 24 seconds left that pulled Lakes even with the fifth-ranked Bulldogs, 55-55, for the first time in the game.
Garfield regained the lead moments later, but Dequam Walls sent the contest into overtime when his floated tied the score at 57 with eight seconds left in regulation.
Lakes faced another must-score possession in the first overtime period. Trailing 63-61, Holloway found Andre Lewis for a basket that sent the game into double-overtime.
Holloway continued to assert himself in the second overtime, scoring eight points as the Lancers finally capped the incredible comeback victory.
Garfield (9-4) held Lakes (8-6) scoreless for the first five minutes, building an 11-0 lead. The Bulldogs ended the first half on a 19-1 run and built a 35-13 halftime lead. Rodriguez attributed the disastrous start to stage fright for a team that, outside of center Zach Banner and Holloway, was mostly comprised of newcomers.
“It wasn’t that we were no making shots,” Rodriguez said, “it was fear.”
Last year, Lakes used a win over Seattle Prep on the same court as a springboard to a dominating second-half of the season that ended with the Lancers winning the Class 3A state championship. Holloway thinks this victory could have the same effect.
“I believe that this could be our turning point,” he said. “This could be the game that brings everything together.”
Banner turned in a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, Jordan Johnson tallied 11 points and eight rebounds and Lewis had 10 points.
Garfield’s Tucker Haymond totaled 22 points and 12 rebounds and Trevaunte Williams finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 64, 3A No. 1 Rainier Beach 58: The Vikings clawed back from a double-digit deficit, but Poly held on to hand Rainier Beach its first loss of the season.
The highly-regarded Jackrabbits (13-1), ranked No. 2 by the Los Angeles Times among teams in the L.A. area, surged to a 40-26 lead at halftime. Rainier Beach countered, trimming the margin to four in the final minute of the game, but came no closer.
Marquis Davis led the Vikings with 24 points and Kansas-bound guard Anrio Adams finished with 23 points and eight rebounds.
Roshon Prince paced Poly (13-1) with 20 points.