Prep boys basketball: Garfield 83, Lakeside 67
Jaylen Nowell scores 30 for No. 3 Garfield, which stays undefeated at 12-0 with the Metro league victory.
Seattle Times staff reporter
On a star-studded night at Garfield High School that drew a nearly sold-out crowd, including Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar and Washington State head coach Ernie Kent, it was a trio of Bulldogs who stood out.
Juniors Alphonso Anderson and Jashaun Agosto, and sophomore Jaylen Nowell helped lead No. 3 Garfield out of an early hole to beat No. 8 Lakeside 83-67 in an intense Class 3A Metro League matchup.
“We needed energy,” Garfield coach Ed Haskins said of the slow start.
Nowell provided it after halftime, scoring 18 of his 30 points after intermission. Agosto added 20 points and Anderson had 18 while patrolling the paint.
“I don’t know anybody who has five guys that can score,” said Haskins, also referring to Terrell Brown and Austin Anderson, who round out the starting lineup. “I think it’s tough. I do. I think it’s tough (playing against us).”
The Bulldogs were down by as much as nine in the second quarter as the Lions’ Isiah Brown and Daejon Davis, both Washington recruits, got out to quick starts. But both struggled in the second half when Garfield doubled hard on drives into the lane.
Agosto drew the assignment of stopping Brown for most of the night, and made him work for every possession.
“He’s one of the best defensive guards, if not the best defensive guard in the state,” Haskins said of the junior point guard. “
He’ll get under you, he’ll pressure you, make you frustrated. That’s just what he does.”
Brown and Davis finished with 17 points each, but were held to single digits in the second half.
“They just kind of started off playing well, we just had to [toughen] up and play ball,” said Anderson on stopping the Lakeside duo.
Despite the final score casting a lopsided light on the game, the game was close through three-and-a-half quarters — Garfield only led 60-58 before going on an 8-0 run that made it 68-58 with 4:31 left. But the close game was just what the Bulldogs needed.
“We needed a tough game,” Haskins said. “We’ve been winning games big. Playing some good competition, but just we’ve been winning games big. We needed this kind of game.”