Garfield boys basketball takes third in state tournament

After losing to Ganzaga Prep 66-53 Friday, the Garfield High Bulldogs came back from behind to beat Yakima’s Davis High School 75-68 to take third place in the state 4A tournament Saturday. Gonzaga Prep went on to beat Curtis High 61-41 to take the championship.

According to the Seattle Times, the Bulldogs were low-energy until their coach Ed Haskins fired them up:

“I felt I needed to get it to get the team going,” Haskins said, chuckling. “It was pretty calculated. I’m not that smart, but sometimes I can get some things right.”

The Bulldogs committed back-to-back turnovers after Haskins’ T, then went on an 8-1 run in the final 90 seconds of the first half, and followed with 14 unanswered points to open the second half.

Haskins delivered “some choice words” at halftime that revived Garfield’s defensive intensity. The Bulldogs used a frantic trap to force Davis (21-6) into four turnovers and 0-for-5 shooting in the first three minutes after halftime.

Garfield ended the season with 24 wins and just four losses. The girls team ended their season with 10 wins and 13 losses.

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