The Garfield boys basketball team ran away with the Las Vegas Prep tournament title, defeating Valley High School (NV) 86-65 in the championship game Tuesday afternoon.
Jaylen Nowell, the tournament’s MVP, and Jashaun Agosto led the Bulldogs with 29 points apiece. Nowell had a double-double with 10 rebounds and Agosto added six rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Agosto and Alphonso Anderson were also named to the all-tournament team.
The only team from the state of Washington competing in the 21-team tournament, Garfield picked up wins against Santa Fe (CA), Western (NV) and Las Vegas (NV) on consecutive nights before defeating Valley. Arguably the Bulldogs’ toughest game came in the semifinal, an 83-68 victory that needed a second-half comeback. Anderson and Nowell combined for 18 points in the fourth quarter to help Garfield pull away and advance to the championship game.
Valley reached the championship game by defeating Cathedral High School, considered to be one of the tournament favorites. The field in Las Vegas also included teams from California, Hawaii, Kentucky and Australia.
Garfield returns to action on Tuesday January 6 with an away game against Chief Sealth at 7:30 p.m.
Mercer Island wins in California
The Mercer Island boys basketball team placed sixth out of 16 teams at the Chaminade Prep Holiday Classic.
The Islanders went 2-2 on the weekend against teams from Calfornia, beating Santa Clara (56-40) and Menlo (59-44).
Josh Stenberg (13.5 ppg) and Andrew Pickles (10.8 ppg) led the way for Mercer Island. The Islanders will face Sammamish on the road in their next game, January 6 at 7:30 p.m.
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