Prep basketball: WA state championships – Overtime was the theme 30 years ago

1 Mar

The high-school state basketball tournaments are underway – the big schools are playing at the Tacoma Dome.

 GarfieldGarfield tackles Curtis today in a 4A semifinal. These two schools – 30 years ago in 1983 -faced each other in a 3A semi at the Seattle Coliseum with Garfield winning 58-50.

The Bulldogs are trying to win their 12th state championship this weekend having played in 18 title games, the first one in 1949.

Thirty years ago Garfield won one of the most memorable 3A championship games – let’s go back to March 12, 1983.

Garfield outlasted Walla Walla in double overtime 44-42 in front of a crowd estimated at 7,000 at the Seattle Coliseum.

Glen Tinned’s key steal with 7 seconds remaining helped seal the deal as the Bulldogs held a 43-42 advantage. Blue Devils Toby Long missed the front end of a one-and-one with two seconds left.

Tinned led Garfield with 15 points. Van Beard, Garfield’s 6-foot-9 center, scored just six points as he was plagued with four fouls, grabbed the missed the free throw.

The go-go Bulldogs biggest lead of the game was 40-36 with 2 minutes left in the first overtime.

Bulldogs Coach Al Hairston “We refuse to do it the easy way. I don’t think we played the best basketball. Walla Walla played a heckuva game. They didn’t have the physical talent we have. They play hard.”

Walla Walla led at the half 22-19. Dave Mastin led Wa-Hi with 15 points.

FG shooting: Garfield 18-61 (30%), Walla Walla 18-60 (30%)

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GARFIELD STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS (11) – 1955, 1961-1962, 1974, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1986-1987, 1991 and 1998.

Runner-up (7) – 1949, 1954, 1963, 1989-1990, 1993, 2009

Class AA boys’ state tournament championship ends in 4OTs!

Not to be out done by the prior game between Garfield and Walla Walla, the 9 p.m. 2A championship was up next.

Olympic HS (Silverdale) survived 16 extra minutes to beat Centralia 54-51 in a quadruple-overtime thriller. It’s the longest boys’ championship game in Washington history.

Chris WelpChris Welp, future UW great, was voted the tourney’s MVP. Welp, a 6-11 center from West Germany, led Olympic with 20 points and also grabbed 19 rebounds.

Welp’s rebound basket in the fourth extra period tied it up at 51 with 66 ticks left to play. Welp was then fouled with 9 seconds remaining and made one free throw to break the tie. The Tigers committed a turnover with 4 seconds left and Welp made two more freebies that iced the game with 2 ticks left.

The Trojans finished 24-1 in their fourth year of existence. Centralia had its 22-game winning streak snapped. The Tigers were searching for their third championship in five years.Olympic

Neither team scored in the first three OT’s as Centralia stalled and played for a final shot (no shot clock).  The game was tied at 49-49 to start the fourth four-minute extra session.



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