TACOMA — Led by Koren Johnson’s 22 points, Garfield took down top-seeded Eastside Catholic 74-46 in the 3A boys basketball state tournament semifinals Friday in the Tacoma Dome.
Eastside Catholic led 10-4 early in the first quarter, but a 19-4 run from Garfield put the Bulldogs in front by nine and they never looked back.
Joining Johnson in double figures for Garfield were Tari Eason (16), Kendall Munson (15), and Jaylin Stewart (11). Eason grabbed 12 boards for the Bulldogs.
Nolan Hickman and JT Tuimoloau were responsible for half of Eastside Catholic’s points putting up 13 and 10, respectively. Tuimoloau also added 13 rebounds for a double-double.
Garfield will advance to the 3A state championship game on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the Tacoma Dome against O’Dea.
Eastside Catholic will play in the 3rd place game against Rainier Beach at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday in the Tacoma Dome.
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