Despite featuring the nation's top junior basketball recruit Mercedes Russell, Oregon's 5A state championship game ended up being the lowest-scoring in history: a 16-7 snoozefest won by Russell's Springfield squad over Willamette.
Willamette coach Paul Brothers—whose team only lost three games this season, all to Springfield—tried a game plan that involved stalling for entire quarters then taking three-pointers, with the goal to neutralize Russell's impact. I suppose you could say Brothers was successful, because Russell ended up with only seven points, which she reported as being her lowest output since elementary school.
The score was 4-0 at halftime.
But watch the video above from Eugene's KEZI, because they really did a good job showing how ridiculous the game was. Springfield's clearly only been coached to play zone defense, and so putting pressure on Willamette to pass the ball wasn't really possible.