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Wednesday, September 02, 2015 This Week's Paper

Rallying from an 11-point deficit early in the second half, Curtis topped Garfield 70-66 in overtime tonight at the 4A state tournament to advance to the finals tomorrow.

Leading 68-66 with three seconds left in the extra period, the Vikings’ Andre Lewis broke up Garfield’s inbound attempt at midcourt, and the Bulldogs’ Tucker Haymond was called for an intentional foul. He calmly hit both free throws, and Curtis ran out the rest of the clock after retaining possession.

The Vikings had a chance to win it in regulation, but Dominic Robinson was stripped as he drove to the hoop, and the Bulldogs’ full-court heave was off target. Robinson, though, put up his typical dominant performance, scoring a game-high 25 points. Garfield dominated the interior in the first quarter, as Torrance Baker scored 11 of his 15 points in the opening period to help the Bulldogs take a 15-9 lead. Curtis, meanwhile, was 0-for-5 from three-point range in the period. The Vikings were 0-for-12 from beyond the arc until Robinson hit a three-pointer to tie it 63-63 early in overtime.

Trevaunte Williams took over by scoring eight points for Garfield in the second quarter, putting them up 23-14 with a jumper two minutes into the period. But Robinson then caught fire, hitting an easy layup off a nice pass from Lewis with 2:28 until the break to cut it to 26-24. Robinson totaled 10 points in the quarter, and Garfield led 30-26 at halftime.

But Williams – who led Garfield with 20 points – gave the Bulldogs their largest lead at 44-33 with a three-point play midway through the third quarter. The Vikings slowly climbed back into the game at the free-throw line, as they finished 25-for-31 from the charity stripe. Isom Brown pulled Curtis within 51-48 early in the fourth with two free throws, and Jayson Williams hit Tory Causey for an easy layup to tie it 52-52 with 5:30 left. The Vikings got their first lead at 56-54 on Causey’s steal and layup two minutes later. The Vikings held a 60-59 lead with 30 seconds left, but Demario Hall hit one of two free throws to tie it up again.

Causey also provided a key moment in overtime for the Vikings, hitting a layup to give Curtis a 65-64 lead and causing Williams to foul out in the process. Causey had 13 points, Brown added nine points and Lewis had eight points and seven rebounds for the Vikings.

They will take on Jackson on Saturday night at 9 p.m. for the 4A state title.

From the very start against Mountlake Terrace, Lincoln was focused and hitting their shots. And, as always, they got monster contributions from Tre’Shaun Fletcher and Ahmaad Rorie.

Fletcher scored 29 points – 18 in the first half – and Rorie hit four three-pointers and tallied 21 points as the Abes cruised to a 68-47 win over the Hawks in the 3A state tournament tonight at the Tacoma Dome.

Rorie’s three just over midway through the first quarter put Lincoln up 10-4, and they led 16-9 at the end of the first after Fletcher nailed a jumper at the buzzer. Fletcher continued to be on fire at the start of the second, scoring seven points in the first two minutes, including a three-pointer that put Lincoln up 25-11 with 5:55 until halftime. Rorie took over late in the half, nailing a three-pointer and a late jumper to give the Abes a 36-21 lead at the break.

The Hawks, meanwhile, struggled offensively, and would finish shooting just 31 percent from the field in the game. The lead kept on growing for the Abes in the third quarter, as Rorie’s three two minutes in put them up 42-23, and Fletcher fed Justice Martion for an easy layup to make it 44-23 30 seconds later.

Fletcher finished a scorching 10-for-14 from the field, and added a game-high 13 rebounds to his totals. He emphasized his performance with the second of his two dunks – after missing one early in the contest – off a feed from Ar’Mond Davis to make it 59-37 with six minutes left. The Abes finished 26-for-50 from the field as a team.

The Abes now advance to the semifinals on Friday at 9 p.m., where they await the winner between University and Lakeside.

With all the bright lights behind them and a 15-11 lead after the first quarter, one would think the senior dominated Wilson Lady Rams would forget about all the hype at the state tournament. Wilson would struggle all afternoon with turnovers, shot selection, and free-throw shooting, but in the end they found a way to beat the Mercer Island Lady Islanders 48-37 in the quarterfinal round of the 3A tournament on Thursday morning at the Tacoma Dome.

“They let some of the (officials’) calls get under their skin early, and I told them to forget about it and play,” said Lady Rams head coach Michelle Birge of her over anxious squad.

Tia Briggs, who shared scoring honors for with Bethany Montgomery with 11 points, failed to get many touches in the low post for the remainder of the game, which did not make Birge very happy. “We have to get her the ball at least one out of every three times down court for us to be successful,” she said.

Leading by six entering the second half, Wilson would put the game away with a 13-point third quarter while holding the Lady Islanders to just six. Justina Laney’s three-pointer and steal and layup late in the third proved to be the spark they needed to finish it.

“Seattle Prep is a very good team, losing two heart breakers to Cleveland by a mere one point each time,” Birge said. “Needless to say, we’ll have to be a lot better tomorrow afternoon.”

The Rams will look forward to a semifinal matchup with the Seattle Prep Lady Panthers on Friday afternoon at 3:45.

Outscoring Newport 19-3 in the fourth quarter, Curtis cruised to a 62-40 win over the Knights in the opening round of the state tournament this morning.

Leading 43-37 heading into the final period, Dominic Robinson - who led the Vikings with 18 points - started an 8-0 run with a jumper. Tory Causey followed with a steal and layup after being fouled. He missed the resulting free throw, but Jayson Williams corralled the rebound and Isom Brown hit Robinson on a back cut for an easy layup and a 12-point cushion.

Robinson hit two three-pointers and scored 10 points in the first quarter as Curtis took an 11-5 lead five minutes in. But Isaac Dotson scored eight points in the period to help the Knights stay within 18-16.

Causey hit an early three in the second quarter, but Newport hung tough and trailed just 29-23 at the break. The third quarter was much of the same, as the Vikings' trademark defense shut down Dotson and harassed the Knights' guards. Curtis forced 26 turnovers in the game, and Robinson finished with five of the team's 12 steals.

Brown scored six of his 10 points for the Vikings in the third period, and Dominique Jordan's fadeaway jumper put Curtis up 43-37 heading into the fourth. Jordan finished with 11 points, and Causey tallied nine points for Curtis. Dotson led Newport with 14 points, and Will Ferris added 13 points.

The Vikings now await the winner between Garfield and Bothell in the semifinals on Friday at 3:45 p.m.

The big stage has finally arrived, as the Hardwood Classic begins Thursday morning at the Tacoma Dome. As always, one boys game and one girls game will be taking place during each time slot. Here’s the complete schedule for the first day.

9 a.m. – 4A Boys – Curtis vs. Newport; 3A Girls – Kamiakin vs. Seattle Prep

10:30 a.m. – 4A Boys – Garfield vs. Bothell; 3A Girls – Wilson vs. Mercer Island

12:15 p.m. – 4A Boys – Arlington vs. Richland; 3A Girls – Cleveland vs. University

2:00 p.m. – 4A Boys – Jackson vs. Central Valley; 3A Girls – Glacier Peak vs. Bellevue

3:45 p.m. – 3A Boys – Timberline vs. Franklin; 4A Girls – Gonzaga Prep vs. Arlington

5:30 p.m. – 3A Boys – Rainier Beach vs. Seattle Prep; 4A Girls – Kentwood vs. Lake Stevens

7:15 p.m. – 3A Boys – Lincoln vs. Mountlake Terrace; 4A Girls – Mead vs. Skyline

9 p.m. – 3A Boys – University vs. Lakeside; 4A Girls – Mt. Rainier vs. Inglemoor

Brackets for all tournaments can be found here. http://www.wiaa.com/subcontent.aspx?SecID=614

We’ll have blog updates after the Curtis, Wilson and Lincoln games, as well as a few blurbs from other contests. Check back here all day!

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