Saturday, December 7, 2013
It became evident during the Western Class B boys' quarterfinals Saturday that the teams were unfamiliar with playing in the Portland Expo. Spruce Mountain's Zach Bonnevie set up for a 3-pointer and fired a shot way off the mark ... from behind the NBA 3-point line.
Bonnevie slapped himself in the head, angry at the mental error, but he was far from the only one. Wells players shot several times from the NBA 3-point line. And it wasn't limited to the Spruce Mountain-Wells matchup.
“I thought the game before, the previous game, the Lincoln Academy kids would come down in transition and stop behind the NBA line,” Coach Christopher Bessey said. “They were confused. We talked to our kids about the fact that there are two lines out there, and not to confuse the two.”
As for Bonnevie's long-distance try, well, that's not so unusual.
"Zach's taken shots like that before so it's hard to blame it on the extra line," Bessey said.
GREEN MONSTER: The Spruce Mountain student section was one of the smaller ones Saturday, but it gets points for going the extra mile. Isaac Couture, a senior, showed up at the Expo dressed from head to toe in a green lycra suit, the school's primary color.
Without taking off his mask, he consented to a few technical questions about the getup.
"It's pretty hot in here and I can't see very well," Couture said. "I have to take the mask off when the game starts just to see anything."
Couture was a fill-in for the actual owner of the suit, who was on the court. Jacob Bessey, the Phoenix's starting point guard, wears the suit to Spruce Mountain girls' basketball games.
A lycra suit stands out at high school games and makes you a target.
"People call me names and stuff but I just laugh at it," Couture said.
It ain't easy bein' green.
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