Portland dropped a squeaker to Denver last night, 105-103, in which Fort Washington’s Jarrett Jack scored 17 points in 34 minutes, including a three-for-five night from the arc. Jack also had nine boards, nine assists, and three steals.
Seattle lost 118-108 to the Bulls, but Kevin Durant of Montrose Christian contributed 20 points and three steals in 30 minutes and change. Delonte West of Eleanor Roosevelt High played nearly 17 minutes, and scored 11. Three of the Sonics are Prince George’s County natives (Durant, West, and forward Jeff Green).
In the college ranks, the Maryland women erased a 21-point deficit to down Virgina Tech’s Lady Hokies in OT, 74-71. Marissa Coleman of D.C.’s St. John’s College High School had three blocked shots, four steals, 17 points, and six rebounds. On Virginia Tech’s squad, guard A.J. Lemaitre is a junior from W.T. Woodson in Fairfax (gave us Tommy Amaker and Greg Williams), and fellow junior guard Laura Haskins attended West Springfield in Alexandria. West Springfield also produced Kara Lawson (after she transferred from Sidwell Friends)- a University of Tennesse playmaker, current Sacramento Monarch, and the first woman analyst to do a national broadcast of an NBA game. Kara works for the NBA and ESPN, and like other local basketball products Hubert Davis, Adrian Branch, and James Brown, is a network fixture during the Final Four (in her case, the women’s version).
Duke fell to UNC (women) 93-76. Wanisha Smith, the Lady Blue Devil point guard from Riverdale Baptist, scored 17 points to lead her team. She corralled eight rebounds. Shooting guard Jasmine Thomas, who hails from Fairfax distributed six assists and scored seven, to go with two steals. When the men’s Blue Devils had a backcourt from Greater Washington, their names were Johnny Dawkins and Tommy Amaker (at the time, the frontcourt featured former “Washington Post” All-Mets Billy King and Danny Ferry).