Garfield is seeking a state title this year, the goal since the beginning of the season. And to get there, the Bulldogs knew they’d have to beat good teams.
They ran into their first test of the state tournament on Thursday, when No. 1 Garfield pulled away after halftime for a 62-50 win against No. 3 Bothell. It marked the third time Garfield beat Bothell this season.
The Bulldogs will play No. 6 Curtis on Friday in the 4A semifinals.
The shame of it all is that one of these teams’ chances of winning came to an end on the first day of the state tournament. They had met twice before, with Garfield winning both by at least 15 points.
But Bothell looked like a much different team this time around, and this looked like a much different game. It was slower paced, and neither team shot the ball well.
Bothell actually led by four at halftime, but the Cougars scored just three points in the third quarter. Garfield led by six at the end of the third quarter as a result.
The Bulldogs would grow that lead to double digits in the fourth quarter behind Trevaunte’ Williams (21 points, 12 rebounds) and Tucker Haymond (19 points).
It marked Garfield’s 24th straight win since losing the season-opener.
Zach LaVine, a UCLA signee, led Bothell with 16 points but made just 3 of 10 shots. Perrion Callandret added 12 points while Josh Martin had seven points and 15 rebounds.