Seattle Prep's boys basketball team and stars Spencer Hawes and Martell Webster wasted no time proving they belong on the national stage. The unbeaten Panthers opened the Bank...

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Seattle Prep’s boys basketball team and stars Spencer Hawes and Martell Webster wasted no time proving they belong on the national stage.


The unbeaten Panthers opened the Bank of America City of Palms Classic last night with an impressive 75-65 victory over Dunwoody, Ga.


“We know the reputation this tournament has,” said Seattle Prep coach Michael Kelly, whose team is 6-0. “This gives us an opportunity to show the rest of the country that we play pretty good basketball.”


Pretty good wasn’t enough to describe Hawes. Seattle Prep’s 6-foot-11 junior had 35 points and 12 rebounds as the Panthers beat Georgia’s top-ranked Class 3A team.


Dunwoody coach Scott Bracco built his game plan around stopping Prep senior Martell Webster, a 6-6 guard who signed with Washington. Webster finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds.


“We knew Spencer was good, but I didn’t know he was that good,” Bracco said. “He had a great game against us.”


Said Kelly of Hawes’ outburst, “It’s not a surprise.”


Next for Washington’s top-ranked 3A boys team in the 16-team tournament is a 1 p.m. PDT game tomorrow against Milwaukee Vincent (4-0), ranked 16th by USA Today. Two other nationally ranked teams, No. 2 Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett and No. 15 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, were upset.


“I don’t think it’s always the talent on the team,” Webster said. “You have to see who wants it more that night. We have to keep playing hard.”