1974 Win

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1974 Win - The Daily Chronicle, 98531, Monday, March...
The Daily Chronicle, 98531, Monday, March 25,1974 Top-rated teams win Garfield, East Bremerton state SEATTLE (AP) - Larry Griffin, Keith Harrell and Leon Johnson closed out their prep careers with a combined 62 points to lead Garfield's top-ranked Bulldogs to the state Class AAA high school basketball championship. "The best team in the state is taking the trophy home," said elated Coach Fernando Amorteguy after his Bulldogs had beaten second-rated Richland 7^67 in Saturday's title clash. Garfield's total was the highest scored in a championship game in the tourney's 50 years. Mark Paterson's basket at the buzzer gave Tacoma's Lincoln a 50-48 victory over Ballard for third place. Kentridge hit 23 of 34 free throws to beat Mercer Island 59-48 for fourth and Central Valley, capitalized on the absence of Gary Nelson, to down Anacortes 52-45 and finished fifth. "This was the best ball team we've ever played against," said Richland Coach Frank Teverbaugh, who declined to confirm rumors some of his players, including scoring star Mike Neill, were not feeling well. "I said it last year (when Roosevelt beat Richland 67-59 for the title) but this one's better," Teverbaugh said. The victory brought Garfield, which finished fourth last year, its first state championship since 1962. They now have won the title four times and, with a 24-0 record, are the first undefeated champions since Ingraham's 1969 team. In addition to their shooting, the trio of Garfield seniors swept the boards, accounting for 38 of the team's 49 rebounds. Griffin led in both departments with 23 points and 17 rebounds, Harrell had 20 points and 11 boards and Johnson 19 and 11. Garfield came out cold and fell behind 11-6 midway in the first quarter but tied it 12-12 at the break and led 3326 at the half. The Bulldogs tore it open in the third quarter with 29 points to 18 for the Bombers. Johnson and Griffin had eight points each in the period and Harrell contributed six. Neffl, who had averaged 26.1 points a game, was held to six in the first half and finished the game with 21. Bruce Wallace scored 17 for the Bombers and and Jim Thompson had 16,14 of them in the second half. Lincoln, appearing tired after a hard- fought Friday night loss to Garfield, lost an early lead and trailed Ballard 23-18 at the half. But the Abes finally caught up at 35-all on a Paterson layin early in the fourth quarter. The score was knotted 48-48 with just over a minute to go when two Ballard stalls went awry to set the stage for Paterson's bucket off a missed shot by teammate Eugene Glenn. Glenn had 18 points for Lincoln and Paterson 12. Kim Stewart led all scorers with 19 for Ballard and Solsten Wims added 13. Kentridge's Chargers, ahead 30-29 late in the third period, scored the next 12 points to beat Mercer Island. The Chargers went to the foul line 21 times in the fourth quarter and Mike Blauman, who puts the ball up without a bounce, hit seven of 11 tries. He led all scorers with 15 points. Matt Vagle topped Mercer Island with 12 points. Nelson, the 6-foot-8 Anacortes center, picked up three fouls in just over 1% minutes and went to the bench for good with two minutes, 21 seconds left in the third quarter and the Seahawks leading Central Valley 37-32. ClagsAA TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The East Bremerton Knights, behind the record- setting performance of Rick Walker, took home their second straight state Class AA high school basketball championship for their trophy room. Walker had 15 rebounds as the Knights beat the Foster Bulldogs 77-52 in Saturday's title game. That gave him 69 for the tournament and helped earn most valuable player honors. The old rebounding mark of 68 was set in 1972 by Marysville's Larry Christenson, now a major league pitcher. The Cleveland Eagles, led by the 26 points of reserve Danny Home, took third place with a 73-69 victory over Wapato, Omak downed Stanwood 61-50 for fourth and Mike Hanson's tournament game record 39 points keyed Enumclaw to an 87-78 decision over Sunnyside and fifth place. "No, this isn't as big a thrill as last year, but it still feels good to know you're on top," said Walker, whose ranked Knights also set a tournament mark of eight straight victories. "We hope we'll be back again year," said Knight Coach Les Eathorne, who had vowed after last year's title that his team return. And the Knights will have a come back. East Bremerton had scheduled to close because of a levy failure but a compromise was reached that will keep it open. Foster trailed only 32-28 at the but midway in the third quarter Knights scored eight straight points, including a 12-footer by Walker, the game's high scorer with 26 points. scored 28 points in the period to Foster's 10 and it was all over for Bulldogs. Brad Sterling, the key to Foster's offense, fouled out early in the quarter with 14 points. Kelly Reiners had 16 for the Bulldogs. L-ciiuai vciiicy OI-O, Sport! i 1 ?^^^^^ S"""i 1 '*' 1 -' X V«,z ,',.i3jn·_,^\ ., ,^-,'\ '·3'~ 5?«v**«4'V^ ' ; : ' : ' · v ' ' · " - · - - ' ,-.y* -V------ ,, . ' ,:-,,:W«M!BI| *i',\ '^i^^-vpyfejiiigj i · L ,*,,*,.,«$. · ,-«·,--»

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