Freshman Devante’ Powell not only led the Squalicum boys basketball team with 24 points, he also stepped up defensively in the second half to help the Storm emerge with a 71-59 victory over Puyallup Rogers in the first round of the Sterling Shootout on Monday at Kennedy Catholic.
“He did a great job on their point guard in the second half and really made a difference for us,” Squalicum coach Dave Dickson said of Powell. “I thought he played a real complete game.”
Dickson said Powell switched to cover Rogers’ Justin Baker in the second half, and his length made things difficult.
The Storm (6-1), which will face Enumclaw in a 5:30 p.m. semifinal Tuesday, also received 23 points from Damek Mitchell and 17 from Kendall Engelhart.
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Dickson said he also was pleased by the inside play of Jack Wendling and Jacob Johnson, who were “the unsung heroes for us, holding their own defensively.”
Squalicum: Taylor Lenderman 0, Ben Peterson 2, Jack Wendling 0, Damek Mitchell 23, Devante’ Powell 24, Kendall Engelhart 17, Jacob Johnson 5, Deidrick Mitchell 0. Total: 71.
Rogers: James Baker 20, Jace Barrett 10, Izaiah Lillie 6, Micah Jones 13, Nikita Apanasevich 4, Aidan Fernando 6. Total: 59.