Boys basketball: Wilsonville grads excel in all-star game
Wilsonville High 2017 graduates Zach Reichle and Harrison Steiger's high school careers may be over but the former duo donned Wildcat uniforms and played in their home gym one last time Friday and Saturday, June 16-17.
Reichle and Steiger helped the Metro squad, featuring 5A and 6A players from the Portland-Metro area, defeat the State squad — made up of players from across the state — twice in the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Games at Wilsonville High School.
The Metro team beat State 133-118 in the first game on Friday and then won 132-122 on Saturday.
In Saturday's game, Reichle, the Gatorade Oregon Boys Basketball Player of the Year, stood out amongst some of the top 2017 graduates in Oregon.
The Oregon State University commit scored a game-high 34 points and drained 8-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc, including six in the second half. He buried some of the dribble, some via passes and a few way beyond the 3-point-line. And he attacked the basket just as effectively.
For his performance, Reichle was named the Metro squad's "Star of Stars," which goes to the team's most outstanding player.
Steiger, who will play for Oregon Tech next year, also shined — scoring 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting, turning steals into smooth finishes on the other end, rejecting a lay-up attempt at the rim and mixing in some other interior flurries.
"They are two of the very best players in the state, so it was not a surprise, but it was fun nonetheless to see them excel and represent Wildcat Basketball so well," said Wilsonville head coach Chris Roche, who coached the Metro squad.
Both players are preparing for their inaugural college basketball season. And the exhibitions showed they are as sharp as ever.
"They both are working very hard. Zebo (Reichle) will be going full-bore at Oregon State by the end of the month, so he may be getting some rest in at the moment ... but rest for him is probably more time shooting and working out than most kids do during their busy times. H (Steiger) has really increased his basketball and conditioning work since deciding to play hoops in college and he's making strides. I am excited for both of them and think they will do well at the next level," Roche said.