Ed Haskins said the holiday tournament would be a good chance for his Garfield team to gel and grow together. It’s safe to say that Haskins’ wish is coming true.
Garfield will play Valley in the Las Vegas Prep Championship title game Monday at 1:30 p.m.
“I think any time you can get away from all the distractions sometimes at home and you have a tendency to depend on who you’re around,” Haskins said. “I think that’s what we’ve done. We just kind of depend on each other.”
Tramaine Isabell led Garfield over Las Vegas on Saturday in the semifinals with 47 points, keeping the Bulldogs afloat despite three players fouling out. Here’s what the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote about it.
“At Las Vegas, Tramaine Isabell scored 34 of his 47 points in the second half as the Bulldogs downed the Wildcats to move into the Platinum championship game.
Isabell, who has signed with Washington State, scored 15 points in the first four minutes of the second half as Garfield turned a 27-26 halftime deficit into a 43-33 advantage.
Isabell was 9-for-12 on 3-pointers in the game, 6-for-6 after halftime. He also had nine rebounds and three assists.
DeeShawn Tucker added 15 points and eight assists, and Brayon Blake added 11 points and five rebounds for Garfield.
Re’Kwon Smith had 34 points and six rebounds for Las Vegas. Patrick Savoy added 13 points, and Devon Colley had eight assists for the Wildcats.”
“I think this type of adversity was really good because we played a team that was more talented than us,” Haskins said. “I think we just kind of cut some things out, we had some great discipline in the right areas at the right times and defensively, we just kind of focused in.”
Oh yeah, and the team met Charles Barkley. What’s up, Chuck?