The day he heard Micah Downs was transferring to Juanita, Bothell senior Marcus Morgan knew last night's KingCo 4A boys basketball opener would be big. The 5-foot-9 guard stole...

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BOTHELL — The day he heard Micah Downs was transferring to Juanita, Bothell senior Marcus Morgan knew last night’s KingCo 4A boys basketball opener would be big.

The 5-foot-9 guard stole the show from his former teammate, scoring a game-high 23 points to lead the Cougars to a 64-46 win over the Rebels at Bothell High School.

The Kansas-bound Downs had 15 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to stop his old team.

“We were just excited to play against them because Micah transferred schools on us,” said Morgan, who scored 11 points in the first quarter. “We wanted this one bad. I circled it on my calendar when I found out he transferred.”

Downs came off the bench midway through the first quarter, missing the start for disciplinary reasons. He scored six quick points, but the Rebels still trailed 23-19 at the end of the quarter.

From the moment he entered the game until he left after being whistled for a fourth-quarter technical, Downs faced constant harassment from the Bothell crowd.

“I try not to listen to the crowd that much,” he said. “We just didn’t play well tonight. I was excited for this game, but we just couldn’t get it done.”

The Cougars (2-1 overall, 1-0 KingCo Central Division) built a 10-point halftime lead, then saw it slip away.

Morgan helped turn things back around for Bothell by hitting two free throws late in the quarter, then nailing a three-pointer on the first possession of the fourth quarter.

“I wanted to come out and set the tempo,” said Morgan. “In the third quarter we didn’t play that good so I wanted to calm the team down.”

The Rebels (3-1, 0-1 Central) didn’t hit a field goal again until there were 45 seconds remaining.

Bothell converted 9 of 17 three-point attempts, while Juanita hit just 1 of 13.

“It was just an off night for us,” said Juanita coach Ezechiel Bambolo. “I know we’re a better team than that. They hit their shots and we couldn’t get ours to drop. We’ll move on.”

Other games

At Lake Washington 73, Redmond 54

Ryan Staudacher and Steve Wiseley each scored 25 points as the Kangaroos opened the conference season with an East Division victory.

Lake Washington (4-0, 1-0), after being tied at halftime, outscored Redmond 44-25 in the second half as the 6-3 Staudacher and 5-9 Wiseley combined for 37 points after halftime. Staudacher also grabbed six rebounds and Wiseley added six assists.

Shea Frazee scored 15 points and Bennett Ashbaugh 13 for the Mustangs (2-3, 0-1).

At Inglemoor 90, Woodinville 66

The red-hot Vikings poured in 54 points in the first half of a successful conference opener. Inglemoor (3-0, 1-0 Central Division) led 75-39 after three quarters before the Falcons sliced into the gap with a 27-point fourth quarter.

Skyler Riley led five Vikings in double figures with 19 points. Jared Haines scored 12 for Woodinville (1-2, 0-1).

At Roosevelt 65, Ballard 59

Marcus Williams, the Roughriders’ 6-foot-7, Arizona-bound forward, scored 33 points in his KingCo opener as Roosevelt held off the Beavers in a game between West Division teams.

Roosevelt needed Williams’ big game because Andre Faulkner of Ballard (2-2, 0-1) scored 28. Collin Belcher added 16 for the Beavers and David Grant had 14 for Roosevelt (2-1, 1-0).

At Eastlake 56, Skyline 52

Eastlake’s 6-5 sophomore forward, Keaton Hayenga, collected 17 points and nine rebounds to help the Wolves (4-0, 1-0) beat the neighboring Spartans (1-1, 0-1) in an East Division opener.

Jon Weber added 14 points for Eastlake, which had four players in double figures. Nick Jones, a 6-9 junior center, had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Kevin Lang scored 15 points for Skyline.