Garfield Wins the Presidential Matchup over Roosevelt
By Colin Caruso
In a primetime Friday night matchup, the Roosevelt Roughriders hosted the favored Garfield Bulldogs in a regular season league game. The Bulldogs came into this contest as one of the favorites to lift the trophy for 4A hoops in the 2013-14 season. Coach Haskins for the Bulldogs knew the strength of his team and elected to start four non-starters, including one freshman and two sophomores. This allowed the Roughriders to win the first quarter 18-14.
Once Haskins brought all his typical starters in, the tide began to turn for the Riders. A smothering defensive press by the Bulldogs led to a 21-5 quarter, fueled mostly by seniors Torrence Baker and Lakeside senior transfer Tramaine Isabell. Garfield led 35-23 at the half.
With Garfield’s press in full effect in the second quarter and the typical starters still in, the Bulldogs were able to control the third quarter of play as well, dominating the glass and getting easy transition baskets.
The final quarter favored the Roughriders, as Garfield brought in their younger players to get some quality league minutes. Roosevelt won the final quarter 23-16, but this game was won by Garfield in the second and third quarters. Garfield won the contest 77-56.
Tramaine Isabell – 22 points
Cam Haslam – 29 points