No. 3 Garfield escapes upset-minded Newport
Late steal helps Bulldogs escape with a 53-50 win over the Knights.
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BELLEVUE — Newport looked in perfect position to score the upset of third-ranked Garfield on several occasions Friday night.
After entering the fourth quarter up by five, the Knights found themselves down two with a chance at a winning or tying shot with 34 seconds left.
Instead, the Bulldogs made the plays.
Garfield's Aqeel Williams made a key steal and Demario Hall scored a layup at the other end with 15 seconds left as Garfield hung on for a 53-50 win in a KingCo 4A Crest Division showdown.
"We expect their best," said Garfield's Trevaunte' Williams, a 6-foot-5 senior who led the Bulldogs with 19 points. "Every time we play against a team, we expect their best, because they are playing against Garfield."
Hall's layup gave the Bulldogs (9-1) a 51-47 cushion, but Lock responded for Newport (9-3) with a three-pointer with 8.5 seconds left.
Hall sank two free throws after Newport fouled with 3.8 seconds left, and the Knights' Isaac Dotson couldn't get off a last-second shot following a long inbound pass.
Dotson led the Knights with 15 points and eight rebounds. He launched a 9-0 run late in the third quarter that resulted in a 42-37 Newport lead with 7:34 remaining.
"It hurts pretty bad," Dotson said, "because against great teams like that, you really want to finish it out. I felt like we really had that game."
Tucker Haymond added 17 points for Garfield, which put together a 10-3 surge to claim a 47-45 lead with 3:54 to go.
Lock and Miles Fowler added 11 points apiece for Newport.
"In a game of this magnitude, with two great teams playing, there really are no moral victories," Newport coach Steve Haizlip said. "(Garfield) is a great team. They dictated the whole game. They want to get easy buckets and push you away from the hoop. They cause you to force shots."
The Knights played the final 18 minutes without their biggest player, 6-foot-6 Calvin Throckmorton, who injured his right ankle just before halftime.
"Losing him hurt," Haizlip said.