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Ed Haskins believes his Garfield team is still gelling, and that’s a scary thought.

No. 2 Garfield used a stifling defensive effort to pull away with a 77-56 win over Roosevelt on Friday night.

The Bulldogs (6-0) have a lot of new players this season and are still learning how to play with each other. Haskins tried a new starting lineup on Friday and Garfield faced an 18-14 deficit after the first quarter.

“We haven’t been that aggressive, we’ve been timid because we don’t know our personnel yet,” senior Tramaine Isabell said. “Even on offense it’s hard to get in a rhythm because we don’t know our guys or our roles really.”

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Employing an aggressive full-court press, though, Garfield stormed back. The Bulldogs proved to be too quick and athletic for the Roughriders (3-3), who had 16 turnovers in the first half.

Garfield outscored the Roughriders 21-5 in the second quarter to take a 35-23 lead into the half. The game was never in doubt after that, as the Bulldogs pulled ahead by as many as 30 late in the third quarter.

“We try to pressure the ball from baseline to baseline,” Isabell said. “Those are going to create turnovers and create extra possessions.”

Isabell led Garfield with 22 points, while a contingent of Bulldogs chipped in with a balanced scoring attack behind the senior guard.

“We’re starting to understand our roles, so it’s all coming together,” Isabell said.

Cameron Haslam had a game-high 29 for Roosevelt, but he landed awkwardly on his right leg in the final few minutes and limped off the floor.

Agosto lifts Garfield girls

Juanita Agosto hit a go-ahead free throw with 42 seconds left and the Garfield girls basketball team held on for a 42-39 win over Roosevelt on Friday.

Down 40-39, the Roughriders had an opportunity to take the lead on the next possession, but Serena Toney missed the front end of a one-and-one.

After a Garfield layup, Roosevelt missed another two free throws, but had multiple opportunities after offensive rebounds. Izzy Mason’s three-pointer at the buzzer rimmed off.

Agosto led Garfield with 22 points, while Hannah Swanson had 12 for Roosevelt.

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