Gonzaga Prep's Michael Johnson took advantage of a slumbering Juanita defense and the hole left without 6-foot-8 Micah Downs. The 6-1 junior guard fired from beyond the three-point...
Gonzaga Prep’s Michael Johnson took advantage of a slumbering Juanita defense and the hole left without 6-foot-8 Micah Downs.
The 6-1 junior guard fired from beyond the three-point arc and knifed in the lane for 26 points as Gonzaga Prep beat Juanita 56-48 yesterday in a nonleague game at KeyArena. The Kansas-bound Downs, the Rebels’ leading scorer, missed the game for disciplinary reasons.
“I’ll remember this experience the rest of my life, I’ll guarantee that,” said Johnson, who sank 10 of 16 field-goal attempts, including 5 of 8 three-point shots for the Spokane team at the home of the NBA’s Sonics. “This was great.”
The game, part of the Sonics Court of Dreams series this season, was one of two that preceded the Sonics-Nuggets game.
Downs, who averages 24 points per game, drew a technical foul in last Friday’s 64-46 loss at Bothell, his former school. He missed yesterday’s game as part of a two-game suspension and will also miss a nonleague game next Tuesday at Capital of Olympia.
“He missed some team obligations, so there’s punishment,” said Juanita coach Zeke Bambolo. “We knew Bothell was an emotional game for him, so we let him play. When your dominant guy is missing, it’s a distraction.”
Junior guard Bryan Walters scored 21 points — well over his 4.3 average — and had four steals for Juanita (3-2). But the Rebels looked lost without Downs in falling behind 15-0.
“We had to go to other guys for numbers today,” Bambolo said. “We had to have guys who normally get the ball to Micah be scorers. But I attribute our loss to our rebounding. We got outrebounded 30-15 and that was a big difference.”
Downs watched from the bench.
“If you watch the kid and how he interacts on the bench, he’s stayed involved,” Bambolo said. “He’s trying to be the best he can be. He’s going to take his punishment and be done with it. The kid’s a quality kid.”
Among the spectators was former Utah Jazz star John Stockton, whose son, Houston, plays for Gonzaga Prep. Houston Stockton, a left-handed shooter, is a junior for the Bullpups.
Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 135-pounder, tallied 17 points in the second half, including 11 in stretch of 2:06 early in the third quarter.
Doug Seaton added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Rebels, who made 10 of 21 from three-point range. Ryan Murphy, a 6-3 post, contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga Prep, who hit 6 of 12 three-point tries.
At Woodinville 68, West Seattle 43
Trent Arrivey, a 6-5 junior, had 14 points and 13 rebounds (eight offensive) in a nonleague win by the 4A Falcons (2-2) over the 3A Wildcats (3-4). Woodinville led only 30-26 at halftime, but put the game away with a 21-7 third-quarter scoring edge. Tim Smalls had 15 points to lead West Seattle.
Inglemoor 57, at Bishop Blanchet 40
The Class 4A Vikings (4-0) dashed to a 15-5 first-quarter lead and rolled to a nonleague win over the 3A Braves (3-4). Inglemoor led 31-14 at halftime. Taylor Olson of Blanchet led all scorers with 16 points.
At Fife 51, Kentlake 47
Ryan Voelkel, a 6-5 junior, threw in 29 points, but it wasn’t enough for the 4A Falcons (1-5) in a nonleague loss to the 3A Trojans (5-4). Tim Womack led Fife with 18 points. Jason Hargreaves had eight assists for Kentlake.
Cedar Park Christian 63, at Archbishop Murphy 51
Archbishop Murphy (1-3) turned the ball over on five consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter as Cedar Park Christian (2-2) pulled away for a nonleague win. The Eagles hit 18 of 20 free throws — 6 of 6 in the fourth quarter. Mark Lee had 16 points and Jay Pamer 14 for Cedar Park Christian. Alex Ungs scored 17 and 6-6 junior Chris Mitchell had 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for Archbishop Murphy.
At Overlake 51, Orcas Island 36
Aaron Richardson-Osgood had a double-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks and Brett Gardner grabbed 14 rebounds to power the Owls (4-3) to a nonleague win over the Vikings (2-5).