Lake Oswego's Love too much for Franklin
Two years, two Washington state champions knocked out by Kevin Love and Lake Oswego. The 6-foot-10 Love, a UCLA commit, scored 36 points...
Seattle Times staff reporter
BELLEVUE — Two years, two Washington state champions knocked out by Kevin Love and Lake Oswego of Oregon.
The 6-foot-10 Love, a UCLA commit, scored 36 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead the Lakers from suburban Portland to a 69-62 win Saturday over top-ranked Franklin, the defending Class 4A champion, in the marquee game of the Les Schwab Hoop Challenge at Bellevue Community College.
Last year, Lake Oswego dominated O'Dea, which was the two-time defending 3A champion at the time.
"It means a lot to win because Franklin's the best team in the state of Washington," Love said. "It was a great test for us. It's a great feeling for us to take everyone's best shot. It makes us better."
Love showcased why he's perhaps the best prospect in high-school basketball. He had enough speed to outrace Franklin's defense down the court for a breakaway dunk, and enough vision to whip a backdoor bounce pass from near the half-court line.
And at 255 pounds, he had enough power and coordination to own the highlight of the night, grabbing a lob pass from teammate Ernie Spada and throwing down a reverse alley-oop dunk that capped a personal 9-0 scoring run and put Lake Oswego up 45-29 in the third quarter.
Franklin did its best to contain the big man, fronting him, hounding Lake Oswego's guards on the perimeter and aggressively challenging every entry pass. The Quakers played physical, knocking Love to the ground several times, but their biggest post presence was 6-5, 195-pound Johnni Stroud.
In the third quarter, Love crashed onto his right elbow, and came up grimacing. After several minutes to recover, he stayed in the game and sank two free throws.
"I couldn't be any prouder of our guys for being able to handle their pressure," said Lake Oswego coach Mark Shoff. "We were able to go to our tempo."
The Lakers (3-0) played a 3-2 zone defense on Franklin, forcing the lightning-quick Quakers to shoot the three-pointer. But Franklin (1-1) made 10 of 29 from outside the arc, and played sloppy with 20 turnovers.
"We went to the individual break-down stuff, instead of working the ball side to side and make the big fella move," said Franklin coach Jason Kerr.
USC-commit Venoy Overton led Franklin with 19 points but he had a bad shooting night, converting just 3 of 14 field-goal attempts. The Quakers (1-1) were also missing starters Peyton Siva, a guard out with a broken collarbone, and 6-foot-5 post Jodi Johnson, out with academic issues.
"I just feeling playing these guys (Lake Oswego) this early in the season is just helping us in the long run," Overton said.
Franklin started the game with a 7-0 run, and closed the third quarter with a 12-1 run that drew them to 46-41. The score was tied at 57 midway through the fourth quarter after some big shots by the Quakers' Robert Dampier, who made three three-pointers.
But Spada, who scored 14, iced the game for the Lakers with late free throws.
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