Jackson 55, Central Valley 47
TACOMA – The key for Jackson: The Timberwolves’ slow start.
Not that it happened, of course, but that Jackson absorbed it and never let Central Valley get too far out of reach.
Dan Kingma provided Jackson with a much-needed spark when his leaning three-pointer at the end of the third quarter gave the Timberwolves a four-point lead. No. 2 Jackson maintained control the rest of the way en route to a 55-47 win against No. 4 Central Valley in the 4A state quarterfinals.
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“That was definitely a big shot,” Jackson coach Steve Johnson said. “One of the keys was just surviving the rough start and not getting too far down.”
It didn’t take too long for Jackson to shake off any rust or Tacoma Dome jitters. The Timberwolves turned a nine-point deficit in the first quarter into a one-point lead by halftime.
Jason Todd led undefeated Jackson with 19 points and eight rebounds, but it didn’t come without a little pain. In the first quarter, Todd had his head accidentally stepped on while he was on the ground and a Central Valley player came down after grabbing a rebound.
Todd looked a little woozy but quickly shook it off to settle his team down.
“He definitely kept us in it until everybody got their legs into it,” Johnson said.
Kingma and Brian Zehr each added 12 points for Jackson.
Central Valley jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the first quarter, but Jackson never let the Bears, the runner-ups a year ago, hold a lead larger than that.
Adam Chamberlain and Austin Rehkow each had 13 to lead Central Valley.
Jackson will play Arlington for the third time in the 4A semifinals on Friday. Jackson won the first two meetings by an average of 15 points and the two teams met in the Northwest 4A District championship game two weeks ago.
“They’re not the same team they were,” Todd said, “but neither are we. That’s what makes this exciting.”
Arlington 72, Richland 60
For most of the season Arlington existed under the radar. The Eagles played in WesCo 4A, a league many people around the area thought was down, and lost twice to No. 2 Jackson during the regular season.
But the Eagles started playing their best basketball at the end of the season, and they’ve proven this once and for all: They no longer can be considered an under-the-radar team.
No. 10 Arlington used a big second half to pull away from No. 5 Richland 72-60 in Thursday’s Class 4A state quarterfinal game. The Eagles will play the winner of No. 2 Jackson and No. 4 Central Valley.
“Keep picking against us,” Arlington coach Nick Brown said. “Keeping picking. We love that. These guys are just phenomenal.”
Arlington led by just five at halftime, but the Eagles turned it on in the second half. Richland struggled shooting for most of the game, particularly in the second half.
Terry Dawn led Arlington with 23 points and 13 rebounds and asserted himself in many of the game’s key situations late. Noah Jones added 20 points and eight rebounds for Arlington.
The Eagles have lost only three games all season, including two to No. 2 Jackson, but they’ve shown that their record isn’t a mirage. Dawn’s three-pointer in the first minute of the third quarter put Arlington ahead by 16, the largest lead of the game, and the Eagles wouldn’t look back.
“We’re not the most talented team out there, but we really fight hard,” Brown said. “I thought we came out against a team that is close to us and made all the little plays happen at the end.”
Richland entered Thursday with only two losses, but the Bombers shot just 39 percent against Arlington. Nathan Streufert led Richland with 20 points and eight rebounds.
Garfield 62, Bothell 50
With his team down four at halftime against Bothell, the No. 3 team in the state, Garfield coach Ed Haskins reminded his team that this was chartered territory.
Earlier in the season, Garfield trailed Bothell by three at halftime and ended up winning by 15. In the locker room at the Tacoma Dome, Haskins wanted to remind his team of that.
No. 1 Garfield heeded Haskins’ words and roared back once again to beat Bothell 62-50 Thursday in the Class 4A state quarterfinals. It was Garfield’s third win against Bothell, and all three came by at least 12 points.
“Honestly, we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy win,” Garfield senior Trevaunte’ Williams said. “That was the last thing on our mind. If anything, we thought the deficit might have been a little bigger at half just because of who Bothell is. But we were ready for the whole nine today.”
Indeed, Garfield handled its business like the poised, talented and top-ranked team that it is. The Bulldogs held high-scoring Bothell to just three points in the third quarter. Garfield led by six at the end of three.
And then, in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs clamped down on Bothell guards Zach LaVine and Perrion Callandret. LaVine, the area’s leading-scorer, finished with 16 points – 12 below his season average – while Callandret had 12 points.
Josh Martin had seven points and 15 rebounds for Bothell.
“That was the worst matchup for both of us,” said LaVine,a senior who will play at UCLA next year. “That should have been the state championship game. I felt like whichever one of us got past this game was going to win it all. All those dudes are my friends, so best of luck to them. I hope they win it.”
Garfield was led by a familiar duo. Fresh off scoring a season-high 35 points in rallying Garfield from a late deficit in regionals, Williams had 21 points and 12 rebounds against Bothell. Tucker Haymond, Garfield’s leading scorer, added 19 points and nine rebounds.
Garfield won despite shooting a lower percentage than Bothell because the Bulldogs clamped down defensively.
The Bulldogs won their 24th consecutive game and will now play No. 6 Curtis in the semifinals Friday.
“We came here to win the tournament,” Haskins said. “Can we do it? I think we have as good a chance as any team. We’ll just stay focused. You didn’t see a lot of celebrating after our game.”
Curtis 62, Newport 40
Curtis might lack the star power or Division-I talent of some other teams in the Class 4A state tournament, but the Vikings make up for it with their defensive pressure.
And they do so in a big way.
Newport learned that firsthand in the 4A quarterfinals on Thursday as No. 6 Curtis’ defensive pressure wore down Newport and led the Vikings to a 62-40 win.
Curtis will play the winner of Garfield and Bothell in the 4A semifinals.
“We kept talking to our kids about keeping wearing them down,” Curtis coach Tim Kelly said. “And I think that’s what happened.”
Newport (18-9) hung tough through three quarters, trailing by six at halftime and by seven at the end of the third quarter. But the Knights went more than six minutes without scoring in the fourth quarter and had seven turnovers.
They scored just three points in the final quarter against Curtis (25-2).
At one point, the Knights had five straight turnovers in the fourth. They finished with 26 turnovers in the game, only seven less than the total number of shots they hoisted.
“I think their ball pressure got to us,” Newport coach Steve Haizlip. “Those five turnovers in a row were kind of the dagger.”
Plus, Isaac Dotson, Newport’s second-leading scorer, had to sit with 3:37 left in the third quarter after picking up his fourth foul. Newport scored only six points in a six-minute stretch with him on the bench.
Dotson allowed Newport to hang around in the first half. He scored 12 of Newport’s 25 points, and the Knights looked to feed the ball to him often. That all changed when he had to sit out.
“That was a huge turning point,” Haizlip said. “Isaac means so much to his team. But I have no problem with our guys. They did a great job.”
Newport never led in the game, but the Knights trailed by just three minutes into the second quarter on a crafty runner from Will Ferris.
But as the game went on, Curtis’ defense became stifling, and the Vikings were efficient enough to capitalize offensively. Dominic Robinson scored 18 points to lead Curtis while his backcourt mate Dominique Jordan added 11 points.
Dotson finished with 14 points, 12 in the first half, while Ferris added 13 for Newport.