Garfield looking bright among 4A boys
Wroten sets the tone with 29 points, 10 rebounds while the sophomores excel
Seattle Times staff reporter
State Hoops '11
TACOMA — Ed Haskins summed up his team's performance in four words: "The future is bright."
He was talking about the performance of Garfield's talented sophomore class, but he could have just as easily been talking about the Bulldogs' chances during the rest of this Class 4A tournament.
After failing to advance to the Tacoma Dome in 2010, the top-ranked Bulldogs, who took second in 2009, channeled their excitement into an up-tempo game that produced a 90-80 victory over No. 10 Puyallup in the quarterfinals Thursday.
"It was good on the energy side, but it was bad, because sometimes the energy gets going a little too hard," Haskins said. "They settled down. They played and we got stops and makes (on the other end) and that's really what a championship is all about, stops and makes."
Garfield (23-3) plays Gonzaga Prep in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Friday, while Puyallup plays Kentridge in a consolation game at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Senior point guard Tony Wroten Jr., set the tone with 29 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, six blocked shots and two highlight-reel dunks, but had plenty of help from Garfield's sophomore class. Daeshon Hall hit 10 of his 12 shots for 21 points and added 12 rebounds, while Tucker Haymond had 12 points and eight rebounds.
"It's the bright lights. It doesn't get any bigger than this," said Wroten, talking about how he described the Tacoma Dome experience to his sophomore teammates. "It's either put up or shut up. They (the young guys) played hard and got the W."
The Washington-bound Wroten needed all the help he could get with Puyallup battling back and burying three-pointers throughout the game.
"I was just proud of our guys," Vikings coach Scott Campbell said. "They played the same against these guys as they have against everybody else."
Jay Balmer led Puyallup with 28 points while Erin Barber added 21. The duo hit eight of the Vikings' nine threes. But without a single player taller than 6 feet 2, the Vikings struggled on the glass with the Bulldogs pulling down almost as many offensive boards (22) as Puyallup had total as a team (25).
"They play just like their coach," said Haskins, who remembers Campbell as a player at Seattle Pacific. "They play real gritty. They don't quit. They keep going. They keep coming."
Davis 88, Jackson 76
Davis junior David Trimble finished with a triple-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, helping the seventh-ranked Pirates knock off third-ranked Jackson, which played for the state title last season.
The Pirates (21-4) play Curtis in the semifinals at 3:45 p.m. Friday, while Jackson (22-3) plays Olympia in a consolation game at 9 a.m.
Brett Kingma, the Timberwolves' Oregon-bound senior, scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half and Austin O'Keefe finished with 20, but Jackson, which trailed by as many as 20, couldn't overcome Davis' 17-5 run to end the first half.
Curtis 64, Olympia 49
Washington State-bound senior DaVonte Lacy scored a game-high 17 points, while Darius Johnson-Wilson added 15 points and 12 rebounds in leading fourth-ranked Curtis past the Bears.
The Vikings (22-5) play Davis in the semifinals at 3:45 p.m. Friday, while Olympia (23-4) plays Jackson in a consolation game at 9 a.m.
Alex Weber-Brader, who will play for SPU next year, finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Bears.
Gonzaga Prep 72, Kentridge 60
Over his past four games, Kentridge senior Gary Bell's point totals were 47, 34, 31 and 27. So, on Thursday afternoon, Gonzaga Prep felt pretty good about holding the guard, who will play for Gonzaga next year, to 22 points during its quarterfinal victory.
The Bullpups (21-3) play Garfield at 5:30 p.m. Friday, while the Chargers (20-9) play Puyallup at 10:30 a.m.
Bell also had seven rebounds for the Chargers, while Brendan Westendorf added 13 points and seven rebounds in the defeat. Chris Sarbaugh (22 points), Parker Kelly (20) and Stephen Ferraro (15) led the charge for the Bullpups.
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