Garfield runs away from Kentridge in state quarterfinals, 63-41

Contributing writerMarch 6, 2014 

Kentridge guard Keasean Kelly tries to pass around Garfield's DeeShawn Tucker during the Bulldogs' 63-41 win Thursday in first round state tournament action at the Tacoma Dome, March 6, 2014.

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It didn’t start out that badly for the No. 4 Kentridge Chargers when they faced No. 2 Garfield on Thursday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome.

When Chargers senior Danny Torlai received a long outlet pass and coasted in for a lay-up, it was only a one-point Garfield lead midway through the first quarter.

Then the drought came.

Garfield closed out the half on a 23-2 scoring run, and coasted to a 63-41 victory.

The only Kentridge points during that stretch came on a pair of free throws. Including the start of the third quarter, Garfield held Kentridge without a field goal for 13 minutes, 20 seconds.

Garfield took command of the game with a complete effort. The Bulldogs played team defense, forcing turnovers which led to a spree of layups. Garfield shared the ball on offense, often making the extra pass to get a wide open shot.

The team effort made senior point guard Tramaine Isabell very happy.

“It all depended on if we were going to be looking in the stands, and playing for the stats and whatnot,” said Isabell, who is committed to play for Washington State next year. “What happened was we came out and played for each other.”

Isabell had 21 points to lead all scorers. He was single-handedly outscoring Kentridge until midway through the third quarter.

Garfield (25-1) advances to play the winner of the Issaquah vs. Jackson game in the 4A semifinals Friday at 7:15 p.m.

It certainly looked like Kentridge was rattled early.

“We got a little desperate, a little deer-in-the-headlights when they made some runs at us,” said Kentridge coach Dave Jamison. “Things that normally work for us weren’t working.”

Kentridge (25-2) will try to rebound in time for a 12:15 p.m. game Friday against the Issaquah/Jackson loser. The Chargers can still finish as high as fourth place.

Senior guard Jawan Stepney led the Chargers with 13 points. He nailed a pair of 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the game, but was mostly held in check for the remainder.

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