Top-ranked Garfield beat Bothell for the third time this season, again coming from behind, in a 62-50 state quarterfinal triumph.
TACOMA — With his team down four at halftime against Bothell, the No. 3 team in the state, Garfield High School coach Ed Haskins reminded his players that they’d been there before.
Earlier this season, Garfield trailed Bothell by three at halftime before winning by 15. In the locker room at the Tacoma Dome on Thursday, Haskins let his group know they could do it again.
The Bulldogs heeded Haskins’ words and roared back again to beat Bothell 62-50 in the Class 4A boys basketball state quarterfinals. It was Garfield’s third win against Bothell this season, all by at least 12 points.
“Honestly, we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy win,” Garfield senior Trevaunté 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.”
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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 and led by six.
Garfield (24-1) won its 24th consecutive game and will play No. 6 Curtis (25-2) in the semifinals at 3:45 p.m. Friday. WesCo rivals Arlington (22-3) and Jackson (25-0) meet in the other semifinal at 5:30.
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 average. Callandret scored 12.
“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.”
Fresh off scoring a season-high 35 points in rallying Garfield from a late deficit to beat South Kitsap in overtime in the regionals last week, 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.
“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 might lack the star power of other teams, but the Vikings make up for it with their defense.
And they do so in a big way.
Newport learned that firsthand as Curtis’ defensive pressure wore down Newport.
“We kept talking to our kids about keep 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. But the Knights scored just three in the fourth quarter.
Dominic Robinson scored 18 points for Curtis. Isaac Dotson had 14 for Newport.
Arlington 72, Richland 60
Arlington, which started playing its best basketball at the end of the season, proved once and for all that the Eagles no longer can be considered an under-the-radar team.
No. 10 Arlington used a big second half to pull away from fifth-ranked Richland (19-5).
“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 before turning it on. Richland shooters struggled for most of the game, particularly the second half. The Bombers shot just 39 percent.
Terry Dawn led the Eagles with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Noah Jones added 20 points and eight rebounds for Arlington.
Central Valley 47
Dan Kingma provided second-ranked 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.
“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.”
Jason Todd led undefeated Jackson with 19 points and eight rebounds, and Kingma and Brian Zehr each added 12 points.
No. 4 Central Valley (22-3), last year’s state runner-up, led 15-6 in the first quarter, their biggest lead.
Adam Chamberlain and Austin Rehkow each scored 13 for the Bears from Spokane Valley.
In the semifinals, Jackson will play Arlington for the third time. Jackson won the first two.
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