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Payback is swift as sixth-ranked Clover Park swats No. 4 White River, 76-51

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Jan. 18, 2013 at 10:37 pm with No Comments »
January 18, 2013 10:37 pm

It’s not often that Clover Park High School guard David Crisp scores 28 points in a game and gets overshadowed by two teammates, but it happened in the Warriors 76-51 home win over White River on Friday night.

Point guard Phillip Winston notched a triple-double, and big man Xavier Means nearly did the same thing as the No. 6-ranked Warriors upended No. 4 White River.

Winston scored 14 points, dished out 12 assists, and pulled in ten rebounds. Means came close to pulling off the rare big-man triple double: he had ten points, nine rebounds, and eight blocks.

Means set the tone early, swatting away four shots during the four minutes. The blocks triggered Clover Park fast breaks which helped them build an early 18-4 lead.

“I was pumped up, this game was important to me because I didn’t get to play against them the first time,” said Means, who was injured when White River beat Clover Park on December 11.

It was only the sixth game of the season for Means, who is coming off hand surgery.

“He’s getting his legs, he just getting into the rotation,” said Clover Park coach Mel Ninnis. “Xavier Means’s motor is always running; he averaged a double-double in the state tournament last year.”

Winston, a junior guard, dished out the assists by knifing passes through the White River zone defense. He also threw down a dunk on a fast break, giving the Warriors a 41-30 lead midway through the third quarter.

Meanwhile Clover Park’s scoring leader did his usual thing. Crisp was 4-for-8 on 3-pointers, he had 16 points at halftime, and he chipped in eight more during the fourth quarter when the Warriors put the game out of reach. The junior guard is averaging just under 24 points per game.

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