Tucker Haymond scored 39 points as top-ranked Garfield blasted No. 2 Bothell 93-69 for the KingCo 4A boys basketball championship.
KIRKLAND — Garfield senior Tucker Haymond’s shot hadn’t felt right lately. So Haymond did what good shooters in need of inspiration do: He spent more time in the gym.
The payoff came in No. 1 Garfield’s 93-69 win against No. 2 Bothell in Friday’s KingCo 4A boys basketball championship game. Haymond rattled off a season-high 39 points, including 20 in a sizzling first quarter that saw him miss just one shot and swish seven others.
It was, Garfield coach Ed Haskins said, the most locked in he’s ever seen Haymond.
“And I’ve seen him shoot the ball very well,” Haskins said. “He’s always got a chip on his shoulder. He doesn’t get what the other guys get, and I’m extremely, extremely proud of his development.”
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Haymond, who will play at Western Michigan next season, was nearly unstoppable in the first quarter, hitting three three-pointers and knocking down two fadeaway jump shots. His pace slowed in the second half, but he remained assertive.
“I guess I was in some sort of zone,” said Haymond, a four-year varsity player. “I don’t really remember half of the game, but I just remember the ball going through the hoop.”
Haymond was Garfield’s biggest contributor, but the Bulldogs won, in large part, because he received plenty of help.
Trevaunté Williams scored 19 points for Garfield, including nine in the fourth quarter. Torrence Baker had 10 of his 12 in the third quarter. Kai Greene, who played only a handful of minutes, scored four, including a floater at the end of the third that put Garfield up 69-58.
“Everybody is buying into our system and accepting their role,” Haymond said. “We’ve talked about what we all do best and to just do our job. Today, everyone came out and did their job.”
The fourth quarter belonged all to the Bulldogs, who had 10 players score. Garfield (22-1) used a 24-6 run in the fourth quarter to pull away.
The Cougars (20-3) were led by 20 points from Perrion Callandret. Zach LaVine, the area’s leading scorer, finished with 18, well below his season average.
In a rematch of a back-and-forth regular-season game in which Garfield won in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs’ depth proved again to be the deciding factor.
“They’re ready,” said Haskins, whose team has won 22 straight games. “We feel like it’s our time, and we’re ready.”