Washington cruises past Oregon in boys Northwest Shootout all-star basketball game
Washington rolled to a 107-84 victory over Oregon because it didn't forget a team basketball staple: defense.
Special to The Seattle Times
PORTLAND — A high school all-star basketball game is often not much more than an individual showcase, and there was some of that between Oregon and Washington's boys at the Northwest Shootout at Chiles Center on Saturday night.
But Washington rolled to a 107-84 victory over Oregon because it didn't forget a team basketball staple: defense.
Washington held Oregon to 36 percent shooting, had 16 steals and caused 25 turnovers in beating its border rival for a fifth consecutive year.
Davonte Lacy from Curtis of Tacoma led Washington with 32 points, but seemed proud that his team took Oregon apart at the defensive end.
"We had talent, but we also worked hard at the defensive end," Lacy said. "We wanted to make sure their one miss on each possession was the only chance they got."
There was also a game within the game. Lacy, who signed at Washington State in November, and Oregon's Andrew Andrews, a guard from Benson of Portland who signed with Washington, put on an offensive show, along with Kentridge's Gary Bell.
Lacy, the game's most valuable player, went 9 of 17 from the floor and made 11 of 13 free throws. Andrews made his first four three-pointers on the way to leading Oregon with 31 points.
"Just a preview. When they hand the keys to us in college, that's what you'll see," Lacy said.
Andrews, who made several three-pointers from NBA range, said after the game that because of Isaiah Thomas' intention to enter the NBA draft, he called Washington coach Lorenzo Romar a few days ago and said he'll enroll at UW in the fall. Andrews' previous plan was to attend a prep school next year and delay his enrollment at Washington until 2012.
Bell, who has signed at Gonzaga, was equally electric. Bell scored 27 points, hitting 8 of 11 from the floor and 5 of 6 from three-point range.
Oregon trailed by 11 points at halftime, but got to within 85-76 with eight minutes remaining when Washington took off. Bell scored eight points during a 12-2 run that helped Washington put the game away.
Wash. girls 103,
Oregon girls 101
Washington took the lead late in the first half, then had to hold off a late comeback by Oregon for its fifth consecutive win in the event.
Federal Way's Kathleen Cooper, the game's most valuable player, scored 19 points and was one of five Washington players to score in double figures.
Washington's athletic ability may have been the difference. Washington, with nine Division I basketball signees on its 10-person roster, had 11 blocked shots and 18 steals. So defense was played in the game, even both teams cracked 100 points and shot better than 48 percent from the floor.
Still, offenses ruled the day in a game that featured a Washington team with nine Division I basketball signees.
"It was a fun game. When you have that many D-1 athletes on the floor, you're going to score a lot of points," Cooper said.
Washington led by as many as 10 points during the second half. Oregon cut the lead to one several times, but Washington made eight free throws during the final 90 seconds to seal the victory.