TACOMA — In the final game of Tanner Toolson’s decorated senior season, he took a moment to honor a teammate and a friend who couldn’t be out on the floor with him.
Toolson wore Union senior Brad Lackey’s No. 2 jersey as Union defeated Glacier Peak, 63-49, in the 4A state third place game on Saturday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome.
Lackey, Union’s first team all-league senior point guard, suffered a season-ending knee injury last month. He underwent surgery and sat on the bench in a brace throughout the playoffs.
“Me and Brad have been best friends since I moved here in eighth grade,” Toolson said, “and I feel like all the work we put in this summer, he deserved to have some recognition.”
Toolson, named Washington’s Mr. Basketball by the state coaches association for the best senior, scored 18 points and grabbed nine boards in the Titans’ trophy game win.
Watch Toolson explain in full why he decided to switch jerseys: