THE NEWS TRIBUNE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
Life Christian’s 6-foot-7 junior guard Luke Lovelady started at the top of the key, rubbed off a screen and snuck behind Tacoma Baptist’s defense, where Reid Roelofs found him for the alley-oop dunk.
It was actually Lovelady’s second alley-oop dunk of the game, after beating a 2-3 zone defense in the first quarter for one – also from Roelofs. The second came midway through the second quarter and Lovelady, the reigning 2B Pacific League most valuable player, put Life Christian ahead 44-8.
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WHERE’D THE ‘D’ GO?
Aushanti Potts-Woods’ crossover was so deadly, it got two Puyallup defenders to stumble – one to fall.
The Curtis senior guard drove toward the middle with his left hand, but on a dime, crossed back to his right between his legs, stepping back to the elbow at the same time. The halt was so sudden, it got one Puyallup help defender to run into his teammate and fall and the other to stumble.
They were both in the middle of the key when Potts-Woods drilled his jump shot from the right elbow in the first quarter. Potts-Woods scored a game-high 24 points in Curtis’ 68-60 victory.
DEFENSE LEADS TO OFFENSE
Lincoln’s Trevion Brown jumped into a passing lane and soared all the way to the basket for a right-handed dunk in the second quarter of the Abes’ 77-70 double-overtime victory against Foss.
It was his first of two dunks in the game and Brown tied with Trevante Anderson for a team-high 20 points.
GITTENS RUNS THE FLOOR
Foss needed to make a run, trailing Lincoln by double digits at halftime.
Roberto Gittens did that, literally.
He started a fastbreak after Lincoln’s miss, found Demetrius Crosby, who hit Le’zjon Bonds in the left corner, who lobbed it back to Gittens for the alley-oop dunk.
Gittens scored a team-high 18 points for Foss in the eventual 77-70 double-overtime loss.
Foss freshman Daeshawn Wayne was like a whirling dervish. He caught the ball near halfcourt, busted through a double-team with a spin move and simultaneous crossover, briefly lost the ball, but picked it back up at the top of the key and set a beautiful behind-the-back pass to Damani Kelly, who then found Jacopo Belli wide open for an easy layup.
Wayne took off in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 15 points. Foss outscored Lincoln 34-21 in the second half to force overtime.
How about another top play from that Foss-Lincoln game?
Trevion Brown forced a turnover off Foss’ inbounds pass to get Lincoln the ball, trailing Foss in the first overtime 63-61.
Coach Aubrey Shelton then called a play where Brown would slip a screen and catch it at the high post. Sure enough, a Foss defender left Brown to take the player coming off the screen.
Brown then attacked left, jumped through two defenders and swung the ball from his right hand to his left in midair and banked the shot into the basket for the game-tying score with just seconds remaining in the first overtime.
Brown then hit a 3-pointer from about five feet beyond the arc in the second overtime to help lift Lincoln to the 77-70 win.
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