Downs dominates debut game at his new school

Micah Downs transferred again, this time to Juanita High...just down the way from Bothell. And he played quite well. From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, here it is if you don't want to register:

Downs dominates in Juanita debutVersatile big man scores 23, helps Rebels wreck Stadium


KIRKLAND -- Micah Downs' Juanita debut was as good as gold for the Rebels in their season-opening 79-58 victory over the Stadium Tigers last night.

The formidable senior racked up 23 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while doing almost everything but bringing water bottles to his teammates.

When asked what it was that Downs, who transferred this year from Bothell, brought his team, first-year Rebel coach Ezechiel Bambolo knew exactly what to say.

"Versatility," Bambolo said. "It's versatility. You can't buy it. He's a defender. He's a presence on the perimeter, and he's a presence on the inside. He sees the floor very well."

The tallest player on the Juanita team, the 6-foot-8 Downs brought the ball up on offense against a pesky but ineffective Tiger press. The ineffectiveness was due to Downs' ability to find the right pass. At one point, he effortlessly lobbed a full-court pass to teammate John Bentz for an easy two points.

On offense, Downs had four dunks, including a reverse jam to start the second quarter. He led Juanita in scoring but at times seemed to be more of a go-through than go-to player.

"I don't care," Downs said of his role. "Wherever coach wants me at, I can play. I can shoot outside or put it on the floor. I can play inside as well."

Downs' charity was also evident when he was asked for his favorite moment in the game.

"My favorite play was getting my assist that I passed to Doug (Seaton) for the dunk," he said.

The play sent the crowd in the newly remodeled Juanita gym into a frenzy that lasted until the final buzzer.

The Tigers got a huge effort from Terrance Mackey, who finished with 24 points, but couldn't overcome a 29-13 first quarter in which Juanita hit 6 of 7 3-pointers. Three came from Nick Meyer, who finished with nine points.

The Rebels missed just two shots in the quarter. A tough press, led by the long arms of Downs, rattled the Tigers and gave Juanita some easy layins.

"We're not the biggest team this year," Downs said. "We've got small, quick and scrappy guards, so we've got to come out and set the tone on defense and then our offense will come."

The offense did come, from Downs as well as from Seaton and Bentz, who finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Stadium received 11 points from Harrison Stanfill but failed to capitalize on 16 turnovers by the Rebels.