U-High cruises, Scotlandville wins _lowres

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- University Lab's Maxwell Starwood scored 16 points in the Cubs' 83-24 win over Warren Easton in the Country Day Classic on Friday.

University Lab senior forward Maxwell Starwood committed to Tulane in November.

On Friday, Starwood made the trip from Baton Rouge to his future college residence for the first time since that commitment.

He wasted little time giving the folks in New Orleans a sneak peek of what he can do in the Cubs’ opening-round game in the Country Day Classic.

There was his alley-oop in the first 80 seconds.

He added another dunk less than two minutes later.

Then a third one before the midway point of the opening quarter.

It all helped ignite U-High’s 83-24 rout over Warren Easton in opening-round action of the Country Day Classic.

“The No. 1 thing he brings is energy,” U-High coach Joe Spence said. “He is long and athletic and he can really shoot. He is such an enthusiastic player on both ends of the court. He blocks a ton of shots, but he also leads us in charges. He does a lot of little things that help us.”

The 6-foot-7 Starwood finished with 16 points for the Cubs, who will play 6:30 p.m. Saturday against Mandeville-McDonogh 35 winner.

U-High improved to 9-0, with eight of those wins decided by 15 points or more.

This one was never in doubt.

The Cubs held a commanding 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 32-0 early in the second.

Easton didn’t score its first point until 5:16 remained in the second quarter when Rashan Robertson sank a free throw. The first field goal came with 4:17 left in the quarter on a Robertson layup.

Starwood had plenty of help Friday.

Wayde Sims led all scorers with 18 points, 10 of which came on dunks, including a highlight-reel windmill slam.

Jalen Johnson had 16 points and D.J. White had 13 for the Cubs.

Juwan Jones scored nine points to lead Warren Easton (7-3).

SCOTLANDVILLE 47, WEST JEFFERSON 38: After a close first 30 minutes, Scotlandville pulled away from West Jefferson in the final two minutes.

Ja’Vante Smart keyed Scotlandville’s late surge by scoring seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. Smart’s 3-pointer with less than a minute to play put the Hornets up by five.

“Ja’Vante is very important to our game plan, but like any other player he is still learning,” Hornets coach Carlos Sample of Smart, a freshman. “Every game is not going to be a great game for him, but it definitely needs to be a constant learning game. He made some big plays for us, but he also helped his team defensively.”

Senior Larmarcus Lee added 10 points for the Hornets, including 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to secure the nine-point victory. Joshua Roberts led Scotlandville with 15 points and had five assists.

“I expected more from our kids, but we just didn’t play like we know we can,” Sample said. “Nothing special took place, but we just decided to play some ball in the last couple of minutes. We just have to get better.”

Jonathan Dalton kept West Jefferson in the game by scoring a game-high 16 points. While the Bucs were able to stay with the Hornets most of the game, free throws hurt. The Bucs made just 3 of 13 from the foul line.

“We didn’t execute at all tonight and we paid the price for it,” West Jefferson coach Brian Simmons said. “We missed 10 free throws and we lost by nine. We brought this on ourselves. We had chances, but just didn’t take advantage of them.”

Scotlandville will play John Curtis game at 5 p.m. Saturday.