Garfield rips Kentridge boys in state basketball tourney

Kentridge High
Kentridge High's Deon Thomas takes a break during the Chargers state playoff game against Garfield at the Tacoma Dome. Garfield beat the Chargers 63-41.
— image credit: ROSS COYLE, Kent Reporter

Garfield crushed Kentridge 63-41 in the opening round of the Hardwood Classic high school boys state basketball tournament Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.

An initial seven-point run from Garfield, of Seattle, knocked Kentridge off its game, and the Chargers never quite recovered. Garfield led the Chargers 34-12 at halftime. The Bulldogs outscored Kentridge 17-2 in the second quarter.

Put on the defensive, the Chargers were forced into taking more risks than normal.

"Things that we normally do didn't work for us," said Kentridge coach Dave Jamison. "The speed of the game made us rush our decision making. It was an 11-10 game and then it was a 17-10 game."

Jawan Stepney led Kentridge with 13 points. Hussayn Ford added eight points and Nick Hopson scored five. Tramaine Isabell had 21 points for Garfield.

The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals against Issaquah. Kentridge plays Jackson of Mill Creek in a fourth-place semifinal game at 12:15 p.m. Friday.

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