Trevaunte' Williams scored 27 points as the Bulldogs snapped a 17-game losing streak to the Quakers in the long-awaited renewal of the series.
Garfield senior Trevaunte’ Williams knew how it sounded, but he didn’t care. It was the only way he could think of to describe his first Garfield-Franklin rivalry game on Monday.
“Honestly, all I can say is it was just magical,” Williams said. “I know they’re just words to you, but it was magical. You could just tell walking in from the start how much oomph was just there. It was just an atmosphere of, you have to win this game or you’re going to go home sad for a while.”
Williams made sure that didn’t happen.
By hanging on for a tense 74-72 win against Franklin, Garfield snapped a 17-game boys basketball losing streak to the Quakers that dated all the way back to 2002. The rivalry hadn’t been renewed in four years before Monday night, but the energy and passion was still there.
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Williams led the charge for Garfield (14-1), mixing a powerful inside game with nice touch from outside for 27 points. He made 10 of 14 shots and grabbed five rebounds.
“Couldn’t stop him,” Garfield coach Ed Haskins said. “From the free-throw line down, I haven’t seen anybody stop him. He’s just that crafty kind of guy.”
The teams exchanged leads 10 times in a back-and-forth game. Franklin (12-4), ranked ninth in Class 3A, led by three at halftime before Garfield, No. 2 in 4A, rallied for a four-point lead after three quarters.
Torrence Baker provided Garfield with a spark off the bench. His bucket with four minutes left put the Bulldogs ahead by nine, the largest lead of the game for either team. Baker finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, but Franklin made one last push late.
With Garfield holding a two-point lead, the Bulldogs turned it over on an inbounds pass. Franklin’s Arell Hennings ended up with the ball and fired a three-pointer, but his shot came up just short in the final seconds.
Franklin coach Jason Kerr said the difference was rebounding; the Bulldogs grabbed 12 more than Franklin, including many in critical situations.
“We gave up 11 offensive rebounds in the second half, which is all we talked about at halftime,” Kerr said. “We did a terrible job of going out there on the boards.”
Patrick Ball led Franklin with 17 points and eight rebounds. Tucker Haymond chipped in 16 points and nine rebounds for Garfield.