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March 26, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Mitch Johnson leads local guys in round two

Stanford’s overtime win against Marquette last weekend might forever be remembered for big man Brook Lopez’s game winner from the baseline, but over at O’Dea, Saturday will be remembered as the day Mitch Johnson had one of the more impressive stat lines a point guard could ever have in the NCAA tournament.

Johnson, an O’Dea grad, finished with nine points and 16 assists — 16 assists! — in the win, setting a new school assists record and finishing just two short of the NCAA tournament record. The Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy had this to say:

Stanford’s Mitch Johnson might be the most maligned player on the West Coast. He isn’t fast, flashy, creative or dynamic — and all of that frequently is noted by those who talk about the Pac-10.

But Johnson is in the Sweet 16 and not just because of what Lopez accomplished. Johnson played a fantastic floor game against Marquette: 16 assists, seven points, one turnover in 44 minutes against the speed and quickness of Dominic James and Jerel McNeal.

Here’s how other local grads fared:

Terrence Williams, Louisville (Rainier Beach): Scored seven points with eight rebounds and five assists in a blowout of Oklahoma.

Curtis Terry, UNLV (Curtis): Scored 12 points with three rebounds in a loss to Kansas. The Jayhawks’ Rodrick Stewart (Rainier Beach) didn’t make it in the game.

Neither San Diego’s Nathan Lozeau (Marysville-Pilchuck) nor Georgetown’s Bryon Jansen (Seattle Christian) made it into their teams’ tournament exits in round two.

Morning stars

1. Tuesday’s hat tricks: Rogers junior Paul Mendieta, Mount Rainier’s Darwin Jones and Kennedy’s Rudishi Muschett.

2. Tuesday’s fastpitch one-hitters: Both Rogers’ Bobbi-Jo Schaapveld and Liberty’s Bree Bartholomew gave up only one hit, and they combined to strike out 25.

3. Tuesday’s winning blast: Kentlake’s Andy Enders hit a solo home run in the seventh, giving his team a 3-2 win against Jefferson. In the sixth, Kentlke’s Marcus Evans tied it at two with a two-run homer.

Tonight’s top games

Issaquah at Liberty, baseball, 4 p.m. The Eagles, defending 3A champs visit Liberty, which hasn’t lost yet in KingCo 3A.

Bainbridge at Lakeside, softball, 4 p.m. Bainbridge tries to run its record to 8-0 on the road.

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