The pick-and-roll has been around a long time in basketball, but the Stanwood Spartans used it like they invented the play during their consolation 66-54 win over the Shadle Park Highlanders on Friday at the Tacoma Dome.
Senior post Drew Stang and guard Brady Garcea were a study in synchronicity Friday – particularly in the second quarter, when Stanwood (24-2) held Shadle Park (10-15) scoreless in the final 4 minutes, 5 seconds while putting nine points on the board to take a 35-20 halftime lead.
Three times late in the quarter, the pair clicked for a pick-and-roll basket in helping the Spartans outscore the Highlanders 19-8.
"Sometimes it's just that simple," Stanwood coach Zach Ward said. "We realized last night that we really wanted a trophy, so we went back to basics. Getting the ball down low to Drew was our intention against Bellevue (a 61-43 loss Thursday), but he was in foul trouble and wasn't on the floor that long."
Unfortunately for Shadle Park, such was not the case Friday. Stang played 25 minutes, sitting only briefly near the end of the third quarter after picking up his third foul. By that time, the Spartans had built a 49-29 advantage. Stang finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Josh Thayer chipped in with 18 points – going 4-for-8 from 3-point range – and Garcea had six points and five assists.
"We've run the pick-and-roll all season," Stang said. "The coaches wanted to get the ball inside today. We were really pleased to see (Shadle Park) come out in man (man-to-man defense)."
Stanwood will meet O'Dea at 8 a.m. Saturday in the game for fourth and sixth place.