Junior Jaylen Nowell stole the spotlight on senior night Friday, scoring 23 points to help Garfield beat Ballard, 78-43, in a Metro League game. The Bulldogs (18-2) used sharp-shooting from beyond the arc to keep Ballard (6-14) at bay, knocking down 13 3-pointers.
“I’ve been around high school basketball for 20-plus years and that could be the best basketball team I’ve ever seen,” Ballard coach Mike Broom said.
“We were playing together. We were hustling. I was on a fast break and I thought about my lay-up, and then I saw Jon-Jon and I was like ‘What’s gonna get the crowd going?’ and then I threw it up,” Agosto said. “I mean, I knew he was gonna do something crazy, so that got us going.”
The biggest star of the night, though, was Brandon Roy. The three-time NBA All-Star and Garfield alum had his No. 4 jersey retired. Roy is the second Garfield player to have his jersey sent to the rafters. Head girls basketball coach Joyce Walker’s jersey was retired in 2009.
Looking to the post season, the Bulldogs are excited, and although they don’t know who they play next, they plan on being relentless in their pursuit of perfection.
“Whoever steps in front of us, they’re going down,” said Nowell. “Whoever we play, they’re just in the way of us achieving our goal.”
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