Garfield and Kentwood, ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the state in Class 4A boys basketball, were upset victims against Foss and Kentridge, respectively.
TACOMA — The fans came to see the Tony Wroten Jr. Show. And they almost got a no-show from the top-ranked Garfield boys basketball team.
Instead, the night belonged to Foss of Tacoma with Wroten on the sideline for the third time in four games with a sprained left ankle.
Nate Walker led a balanced Foss attack with 12 points as the Falcons built a 15-point lead late in the third quarter and hung on for a 50-46 upset of the Bulldogs on Saturday night in a Class 4A nonleague boys basketball game.
“If it were up to me, I’d be going,” said Wroten, who didn’t suit up and sat at the end of the Bulldogs’ bench. “I thought I could’ve went, but the trainer wanted me to sit it out.
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“I wanted to go. Hostile crowd. Tacoma rivals. I’ll be back Tuesday [against Lake Washington].”
Garfield (10-3) capped a week of four games in six days, one that started with a 75-60 loss to 3A power Franklin in Monday’s King Holiday Hoopfest.
“If we played the first half like we played the second half, it would’ve been a blowout by far,” Wroten said. “We just came out sluggish. We thought it was going to be an easy one. When you’re No. 1 in the state, everyone wants your head.”
De’Andre Taylor, Wroten’s cousin, led the Bulldogs with 17 points but turned the ball over twice in the final 20.6 seconds with his team down 48-46.
“Other people just have to step up without Tony,” said Taylor, who stepped out of bounds at 20.6 seconds and dribbled the ball off his leg with 14.2 left. “Everybody depends on Tony so much, people just forget what they can do. He’s a big factor, but everybody else needs to have confidence.”
It took until the 1:41 mark of the third quarter for the Bulldogs to finally show up. An 18-4 run left the Bulldogs trailing unranked Foss (11-4) by a point, 46-45, after a free throw by Glen Brooks.
“It was just playing hard,” Garfield coach Ed Haskins said. “First of all, I take my hat off to Foss. They definitely outworked us. They played very hard. They played well. They did what their coach asked.
“All four of our nonleague games were against four ranked teams and we’re 1-3 [in those games]. We see where we’re at and we need to get better.”
The Bulldogs’ Wroten, a sophomore, is considered by many to be the nation’s top recruit in the Class of 2011.
Foss entered off a 72-64 win over Narrows League rival Central Kitsap on Friday, erasing the sting of two overtimes losses in the last 10 days.
No. 2 Kentwood falls to Kentridge
KENT — Gary Bell keyed a big second half by Kentridge as the 10th-ranked Chargers upset second-ranked Kentwood 67-58.
Bell, a 6-1 sophomore guard, scored 16 of his 26 points after halftime as Kentridge, playing at home, pulled away after being tied at halftime.
Dylan Zylstra added 16 points and Shaquielle McKissic had six assists for the Chargers (10-6, 9-3).
Kentwood’s 6-9 Josh Smith had 29 points on 14-of-19 shooting. Tre Tyler added 15 points for the Conquerors (11-4, 9-2).
It was the first of two games in seven days between the South Puget Sound League 4A North rivals. They play again at 7 p.m. Friday at the ShoWare Center in the Les Schwab Kent Shootout.
Other boys games
Rogers 86, at Puyallup 74
Rogers recovered from a slow start to had the No. 7 Vikings their third straight SPSL South defeat. Puyallup was 10-1 before consecutive losses to ninth-ranked Curtis, fourth-ranked Decatur and unranked Rogers. Garin Payton scored 20 and Zak Miller 19 for Rogers (11-5, 7-4), which trailed 26-16 after one quarter. Killian Larson led Puyallup (10-4, 7-3) with 23.
At Arlington 51, Marysville-Pilchuck 49
Cole Carpenter hit the tying free throws with a minute left, then scored the winning layup off a backdoor feed from Tyler Busby as Arlington knocked M-P (10-4, 9-2) into a first-place tie with Lake Stevens in the WesCo North. Carpenter finished with 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Eagles (7-7, 5-5).
Cascade 68, at Everett 67, OT
Chris McGrath scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half for the Bruins, who took advantage of three missed free throws in overtime by the Seagulls for a WesCo North win. Two Everett defenders fouled out trying to guard McGrath. Flynn Mattson had 33 points and nine rebounds for the Seagulls.
Franklin 59, at Nathan Hale 42
Carol Howard scored 17 and Kayla Williams 13 and the No. 9 Quakers (10-2, 7-1 KingCo 4A) pulled away in the second half.
At Issaquah 48, Eastlake 35
Erin Nicol’s 19 points helped the Eagles (10-3, 8-1) keep their grip on first place in the KingCo 4A Crest Division with a win over the Wolves (9-4, 7-3).
At Inglemoor 52, Roosevelt 46
Alex Nelson’s season-high 28 points led the Vikings (10-4, 6-4) past the Crown Division-leading Roughriders (9-5, 7-3) in KingCo 4A.
At White River 61, Auburn Mountainview 44
Kendall Williams had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Megan McKune added 17 points as the No. 4 Hornets (14-0, 11-0 SPSL 3A) remained unbeaten.
Bainbridge 56, at Ingraham 45
The fifth-ranked Spartans (10-2, 8-1) charged ahead 17-6 after one quarter and 37-17 at halftime of the Metro League game.
• Eric Taylor scored 28 points and hit 10 of 11 free throws in Ballard’s 62-53 KingCo 4A boys win over Woodinville.