Garfield had to overcome the disappointment of an overtime loss to Curtis in the semifinals to beat Arlington and claim first place.
TACOMA — Garfield senior Tucker Haymond didn’t hide his emotions after Friday’s loss to Curtis in the Class 4A state semifinals, and he didn’t hide them a day later.
Saturday morning, Haymond still hadn’t shaken off the disappointment of not playing in the state championship game. But by tip-off of the 4A third-place game, he knew what needed to be done.
Haymond scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in leading No. 1 Garfield to an 80-68 win against No. 10 Arlington.
“I actually wasn’t even over that loss until I stepped on the court today,” Haymond said. “Emotions were still in me before the game. But my team needed me to step up and pull it together. The main thing was to end our careers with a win.”
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As has been the case all season, Haymond had plenty of help from fellow senior Trevaunte’ Williams. Williams, Garfield’s 6-foot-5 lefty forward, capped an impressive tournament with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
“As we were coming out, I made an emphasis that we had to brush it off,” Williams said. “We had to leave it in the locker room.”
Said Garfield coach Ed Haskins, “We showed the true character of a championship team. And these guys are a championship-level team.”
After Arlington cut Garfield’s lead to one, the Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run to build a 10-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. Torrence Baker had six of those points and finished with 14, all in the second half.
The Bulldogs forced 16 Arlington turnovers and made 27 of 33 free throws to protect their lead.
“We stepped up our intensity,” Haskins said.
Arlington’s historic run came to an end with the loss. This is the deepest state tournament run in school history, and the Eagles gave Garfield a good push.
Senior guard Terry Dawn scored 21 points and become the school’s all-time leading scorer with 33 seconds left in the third quarter. He briefly exited the game to a standing ovation and finished his career with 1,205 points.
But Garfield rallied from a gut-wrenching loss the day before to claim the third-place trophy.
“Shoot, I feel like a winner,” Williams said. “I can’t stress that enough.”