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Washington, Lahr get on scoreboard in all-star hoops

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By Steve Smith

GREELEY – Frederick’s Kyle Lahr and Nathan Washington were only too happy to play basketball in a more relaxed setting than during the regular season.

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The two Warriors were part of the lineup at the Weld County all-star boys basketball game at Northridge High School March 15. 

“It was really fun. We got to come out and play against the best players around where we live in Weld County,” Lahr said. “It was fun hanging out with people I know. It was a good time.”

Washington, who started playing because Lahr encouraged him to do so, scored nine points and had three rebounds.

“It was fun playing with the guys we played against in the league,” he said. “I thought there wasn’t going to be as much defense, so I was kind of sad about that. I was hoping there would be no defense at all. It was fun. We could do stuff for the crowd that you can’t normally do in a game.”

Lahr made one field goal late in the game en route to four points. He also had two blocked shots and two rebounds.

“It’s fun to do. But it’s not the best. As a competitive player like me, it’s a lot better to play in a more competitive game,” Lahr said. “It was fun. This is for fun. I liked it. It’s not pure.”

The two teams had one day of practice before the game.

“ We played a little bit harder in that one,” Lahr said. “We put in a couple of inbounds plays. That was about it.”

Lahr and Washington’s team wound up on the short end of a 77-63 score.

“All season, you’re playing hard and in stressful situations for 20-something games,” Washington said. “So it’s nice to just play ball liked we used to in the park.”

 

Contact Sports Editor Steve Smith at ssmith@metrowestnewspapers.com