Gonzaga Prep coach Matty McIntyre knows that teams are going to gear up to try to limit Gonzaga-bound Anton Watson as much as possible.
On Friday, Central Valley packed the defensive paint with 6-foot-10 sophomore Gavin Gilstrap and 6-5 Quinn Johnson, and on offense the Bears tried to use every second available to them on the shot clock.
G-Prep turned up its defensive pressure to hold CV to 10 points in the second half, Watson managed to score 15 points and the Bullpups (10-2, 6-0) outlasted visiting Central Valley (7-5, 3-3) 46-29 in a Greater Spokane League clash on Friday.
“They were trying to slow us down the whole game and take their time on every possession,” Watson said. “We got the hang of it in the second half and it started to work out.”
“It was a grind-it-out game,” McIntyre said. “We’re back in GSL play and teams are going to try a lot of different things to try to slow us up or throw different things at us. We have to be prepared for different situations, which will serve us well toward the end of the season.”
G-Prep trailed 12-10 after one but an alley-oop from Sheadon Byrd to Watson tied it at 19 late in the second. The Pups led 22-19 at half and allowed just two points in the third. A thunder dunk by Watson with two defenders hanging on him with 3 minutes, 45 seconds left made it 40-25.
“It could have become frustrating,” McIntyre admitted. “But a 17-point win with half as many possessions (as normal) … do you feel that much better about it? Because the style of play was different? I’m proud of the way our kids stayed within themselves, within our system. We just played. We didn’t try to force things or take chances on defense.”
Mt. Spokane 85, Shadle Park 61: Jerry Twenge scored 29 points and the visiting Wildcats (11-1, 3-1) defeated the Highlanders (7-4, 1-3). Jake Groves led Shadle with 16 points.
University 56, Ferris 46: Marcus Lenker scored 17 points and the visiting Titans (9-3, 4-2) beat the Saxons (8-3, 4-2). Cole Omlin led Ferris with 12 points.
North Central 52, Lewis and Clark 49: Leon Sayers scored 18 points and the visiting Indians (6-6, 2-2) edged the Tigers (4-8, 1-5). Griffin Effenberger led LC with 14 points.
Mead 93, Rogers 68: Sam Wenkheimer scored 23 points on seven 3-pointers and the visiting Panthers (2-10, 1-5) defeated the Pirates (3-9, 1-3). Evan Nomee led Rogers with 22 points.