MUNCIE, Ind. — Garfield sophomore Tony Wroten did not make his expected season debut Monday at the T-Mobile Invitational boys basketball tournament, and without him, the Bulldogs lost 61-37 to Lawrence North of Indianapolis.
Wroten made the trip, but a school source said the Seattle School District informed the team that he could not play because he has not been re-enrolled at Garfield.
The district had removed Wroten from the school on Dec. 5, claiming an investigation revealed he did not live in Seattle. But a King County Superior Court judge granted Wroten a temporary injunction on Dec. 17, allowing his return to school.
Snow then canceled every day of school after that until Seattle schools went on winter break Dec. 22.
The source said Wroten should be allowed to play next week after re-enrolling Monday, when school resumes.
Garfield (2-1), ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 4A, fell behind 19-6 to Lawrence North and never caught up. Dominique Ferguson, a 6-foot-9 junior committed to Kentucky, scored 18 for Lawrence North, and 6-9 seniors Stephan Van Treese and Ryan Taylor combined for 18 points and 17 rebounds. Lawrence North had 50 rebounds to Garfield's 23.
De'Andre Taylor led Garfield, which shot 25 percent, with 17 points.
The Bulldogs don't get any relief with their consolation game today against Duncanville, Texas, which is ranked 12th in the USA Today Super 25.
Times staff reporter Tom Wyrwich
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