Mount Rainier regrouped to beat Bothell 83-74, and Garfield knocked out Jackson 60-47 despite Jason Todd's 29 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves.
TACOMA — Asked about the difference between Mount Rainier’s quarterfinal loss and its consolation win, coach Brian Johnson said it all came down to style of play.
On Thursday night, the Rams played one-on-five. They didn’t share the basketball.
Friday, the young team learned its lesson and regrouped in an 83-74 consolation win over Bothell in the Class 4A boys basketball tournament at the Tacoma Dome.
“Yesterday I think we were kind of shellshocked and didn’t play our style,” Johnson said. “Today we played our style.”
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The ninth-ranked Rams play No. 2 Garfield at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for fourth and sixth place.
Malik Rodgers finished an assist shy of a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and set up his Mount Rainier teammates, who knocked down shots.
Dwane Clay scored inside, collecting 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Caden Rowland got it done outside with 26 points, hitting six three-pointers.
“Yesterday we were struggling a little, 2 for 13 from the three-point line, and I think they kind of adjusted, got used to it and started knocking them down,” Johnson said.
The Rams (19-11) are guaranteed to take home hardware for the third time in school history.
Bothell, also a young team, hit 10 three-pointers, with junior Kellen Webster knocking down eight, one shy of the state-tournament record. Webster scored a game-high 28 points and Zach LaVine added 17.
“They’re a great team,” Rowland said about Bothell (17-11). “We’re a great team. Maybe we could even play them in the state championship next year.”
Garfield 60, Jackson 47 (loser out)
Tucker Haymond thought this was Garfield’s year. The Bulldogs’ junior standout thought his team had put the time and had the talent to win a state title.
So it took some time to get over their 53-52 Thursday loss to Central Valley.
When he woke up Friday morning, he put the loss away. He scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to extend the Bulldogs’ season for one more day.
“We came up short yesterday, but we’ve definitely got to take what we can get,” Haymond said. “We’ve got to play for the best thing we can get right now.”
Sophomore Jason Todd tried to keep Jackson (19-7) in the game with 29 points and 15 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough against the Bulldogs (20-6). Garfield led by as many as 19.