October 12, 2008

Washington Wins Inaugural Clash

If every Clash of the Classes all-star game in the future is like the first one, we are in for a treat in the years to come. In the high school contest held Saturday night at Lewis & Clark College, Team Washington used highlight reel dunks and dominant post play to build a lead, and survived a barrage of threes in a late rally by Team Oregon to pull out a thrilling 121-117 win. Josh Smith and Peyton Siva led the way for Team Washington with dominant performances on both ends of the court.

"It's bragging rights - we beat Oregon," Siva said. "We didn't really have practice and some of us guys had never played with each other. But we came out here and performed well."

On paper, the win by Washington certainly looked probable. Led by nationally ranked guards Siva, Abdul Gaddy, and Anthony Wroten Jr. - who all seemingly attacked the basket an converted at will - Washington started building a double-digit lead in the first half. But behind the play of Mike Moser and Terrence Jones, Team Oregon scratched back and got to within five, 61-56.

In the second half, Washington again surged ahead - and Smith in particular exerted his dominance. The 6-foot-10, 270-pound post was simply unstoppable under the basket offensively, grabbed every rebound on both ends, and made his presence felt as a shot-blocker on defense.

"I just tried to control the game," Smith said. "I knew they weren't going to shoot (around the basket) as long I was in the middle."

While Washington built a double digit lead in the second half, Oregon would once again storm back. With Jones unavailable due to cramps, Oregon spread the floor and got hot from three-point range and when Kyle Wiltjer sank a three with two minutes remaining, they had crept to within one, 110-109, and once again when Cameron McCaffrey converted on a drive, 112-111. Unfortunately that was as close as they could get as Washington hit enough free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Despite the fact they were not able to get the win, Oregon no doubt felt good about the fact they stayed right with the more heralded Washington team right until the end.

"I think it proves that it's not all about the names and all the ratings and stuff," McCaffrey said. "We were just a bunch of players that came together and we almost knocked them off. It was a great game and goes to show the kind of talent that's coming out of Oregon."

Smith led Washington with 29 points, 15 rebounds, and six blocked shots while Siva added 26 points and a team-high four assists. Both Wroten and Gaddy also hit the 20-point mark with 21 and 20 points respectively. Oregon was led by Moser with 23 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots, and four steals. Jones added 22 points - 21 of which were in the first half - and Cody Hickey (15 points), Wiltjer (13), McCaffrey (12), Max Jacobsen (11), and Stephen Holt (10) all cracked double digits in scoring.

In the middle school contest, Team Oregon made a last minute comeback in regulation and used that momentum to carry on toward a 109-100 victory over Team Washington in overtime. Kameron Chatman hit a baseline jumper with just over a minute to play in extra time to break a 100-100 tie and Team Oregon never looked back.

HS GAME BOXSCORE

Oregon (117): Mike Moser 9-18 0-0 23, Terrence Jones 8-16 6-8 22, Jordan Railey 2-3 0-0 4, Stephen Holt 5-9 0-0 10, Kyle Wiltjer 5-12 0-2 13, Max Jacobsen 4-9 2-2 11, Cameron McCaffrey 4-10 2-4 12, Garrett Jackson 2-4 2-4 6, Cody Hickey 5-10 0-0 15, Jordan Tebbutt 0-2 0-0 0. Totals

Washington (121): Abdul Gaddy 8-18 4-5 20, Patrick Simon 3-5 0-0 6, Peyton Siva 10-14 7-7 28, Josh Smith 11-18 7-13 29, Anthony Wroten 8-14 5-6 21, Aaron Bright 2-4 0-0 4, Colton Christian 0-4 1-4 1, Cody Thurmond 1-1 0-0 2, Cole Dickerson 3-6 4-6 10. Totals

Halftime score: Washington 61, Oregon 56. Three-point Shooting: Oregon 16-38 (Hickey 5-9, Moser 5-10, Wiltjer 3-8, McCaffrey 2-7, Jacobsen 1-1, Jackson 0-1, Jones 0-2), Washington 2-15 (Dickerson 1-2, Siva 1-4, Bright 0-2, Wroten 0-2, Gaddy 0-5). Rebounds: Oregon 31 (Moser 12), Washington 47 (Smith 15). Assists: Oregon 14 (McCaffrey 6), Washington 11 (Siva 4).


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