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March 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

4A boys basketball state tournament recaps: day 2

FINAL: Garfield 61, Issaquah 59

Garfield sophomore Jashaun Agosto hit two free throws with 19 seconds left to break a tie and send his team to the Class 4A state championship game.

With 19 seconds left, Agosto attempted an open 3-pointer. The shot missed but Agosto was fouled on his follow through on a close call.

Issaquah struggled to get an open look, and Brian Watson’s shot in the corner missed as the buzzer sound. Issaquah coach Jason Griffith said his team was going for the win.

It was a thrilling back-and-forth game, with both teams exchanging leads in the fourth quarter. Issaquah handed Garfield its only loss of the season earlier this year, but the Bulldogs had won two of the three meetings.

Tramaine Isabell led Garfield with 19 points while Brayon Blake added 11. Agosto finished with four.

For Issaquah, Brian Watson scored 17 points and Ty Gibson had 16.

Garfield (23-1) will play the winner of Richland-Beamer in the 4A state title game on Saturday. Issaquah (19-7) will play the loser of Richland-Beamer for third place.

FINAL: Jackson 61, Kentridge 57

Jackson entered the 4A state tournament with no other goal than to win a state title. The Timberwolves had come up just short a year ago, when they lost in the final seconds of the state championship game to Curtis.

They returned all of their key players and started this year as one of 4A’s favorites. But in Thursday’s quarterfinals, No. 2 Jackson saw that goal of winning a state title erased by No. 10 Issaquah.

One of the interesting sub plots of the state tournament each year is watching how teams respond in consolation games once they lose. In Friday’s consolation game against No. 4 Kentridge (25-2), Jackson (24-2) looked like a team that had nothing to play for.

And then that changed.

Led by Jawan Stepney, Kentridge went on a 17-2 run in the first half and led by nine at halftime. But in the second half, Jackson looked far more like the team that lost only once in the regular season.

Brian Zehr’s 3-pointer with 44 seconds left cut Kentridge’s lead to one, and Zehr then sent the game to overtime by hitting 1-of-2 free throws with 11 seconds left.

Once in overtime, Jason Todd’s rebound and put back gave Jackson only its second lead, and Dan Kingma gave Jackson a little cushion with two free throws with six seconds left.

Stepney scored a game-high 32 points, and his 3-pointer with 10 seconds left cut Jackson’s lead to one. But his 3-pointer a few seconds later that would have tied the game missed the mark.

Zehr led Jackson with 23 points while Kingma added 14. Todd had a typically diverse stat line: 20 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists.

Jackson will play Gonzaga Prep for fourth place on Saturday while Kentridge will play Wenatchee.

Gonzaga Prep 65, Wenatchee 51.

Sam Dowd was the smallest player on the court, but he was also one of the most ruthless. Dowd scored a game-high 28 points and consistently attacked Wenatchee’s defense in leading Gonzaga Prep.

Dowd made 10 of his 18 shots, including 8 of 12 on two-pointers. Gonzaga Prep (20-4) will play Jackson (24-2) on Saturday in the fourth-place game.

Gavin Long led Wenatchee with 17 points.



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