The Bulldogs got off to a rough start, scoring just two points in a 58-55 loss to Seattle Prep in the district semifinals. Roy won 51 games before suffering his first loss as coach.
Brandon Roy won his first 51 games as a high-school basketball coach.
Loss No. 1 came Tuesday night in the Class 3A SeaKing District quarterfinals at Ingraham High. Seattle Prep upset top-ranked Garfield 58-55.
The Bulldogs (22-1) got off to a rough start, scoring just two points in the first quarter. Prep (15-9), which gave Garfield its toughest previous game by taking the Bulldogs into overtime in a December loss, led 17-2 at the end of the first quarter.
“It wasn’t as much the missing shots that disappointed me, it was our overall effort,” Roy said. “The Rainier Beach game (Friday) was an emotional win. We knew as coaches that the next was going to be hard. Prep does a good job of moving the ball and packing it in on defense. We tried to preach patience, patience at practice. We came out flat, our energy wasn’t there. Our defense could have been much better and our defense could have helped us get going offensively. We didn’t do it. We did do a great job of battling back.”
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Garfield plays Cleveland (13-9) on Friday in a loser-out game at Sammamish High at 6:30 p.m. Prep clinched a spot in regionals with the win. The Panthers will play Eastside Catholic in the district semifinals on Thursday at Sammamish at 8:15 p.m. Rainier Beach plays O’Dea in the other semifinal at 5 p.m.
Kalu Stricklin led four Prep players in double figures with 15 points. Jaxon Woodward added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
P.J. Fuller led the Bulldogs with 16 points and Pierre Cockrell Jr. added 14. Garfield standout J’Raan Brooks was limited with a hip flexor injury. He was scoreless with seven rebounds and is questionable for the next game.
Roy led Nathan Hale to a 29-0 record last season in winning state and national titles. His team was 22-0 after beating Rainier Beach for the Metro League title on Friday night.
“You score two points in the first quarter, we never would’ve expected to do that,” Roy said. “The rest of our season is single-game elimination. My thing is getting these guys to understand that they want to be undefeated, but it’s a game. You’re going to lose sometimes and it’s how you respond.”