By Jacoby Sampson
The Seattle Medium
Tari Eason and Kendall Munson made their presence felt as the Garfield Bulldogs took down the Evergreen Plainsmen 77-54 in their WIAA Boys 3A regional game last Saturday.
Garfield established themselves inside early making layups in the half court and getting out and running in transition. Evergreen took the half court approach on offense running plays to find the open shot which was highlighted by a buzzer beating three pointer by Carter Monda. Offensively, Garfield had a full team effort giving them a 22-12 lead after the first quarter.
Things looked promising for the Plainsmen as Mario Herring galloped down the lane for a dunk early in the second period. But that would be Evergreen’s last glimmer of hope, as the Bulldogs went on a 28-0 run, including 10 points from Tari Eason. Garfield hit shot after shot as the run continued and Evergreen couldn’t find an answer to this massive run that was being put on by the Bulldogs. Evergreen’s Zyell Griffin finally ended the run with a layup, as the Bulldogs led 53-16 at halftime.
At the start of the second half both teams switched roles from the second quarter as the Plainsmen went on an 8-0 run that featured two tough layups from Herring. Garfield struggled offensively having their lowest scoring quarter of the game with 8 points. Although Evergreen had put up a fight, it was apparent that they were still feeling that affects of the Bulldog’s run from the previous quarter. Heading into the final period the score was 61-38 in favor of Garfield.
The final quarter was the most competitive quarter of the game, as Evergreen poured in 16 points as team that featured 8 points in the quarter from Monda. Garfield scored 15 points in the quarter that included a big dunk from Tari Eason. Evergreen fought to make a comeback, but couldn’t make up the difference as the Bulldogs secured a 77-54 victory and a trip to the Tacoma Dome.
Eason scored 18 points, while Munson added 16 points to lead the Bulldogs.
Pictorial Highlights of Garfield vs. Evergreen
Photos by Chris B. Bennett