Derrick White wins battle, Josh Scott the war in NBA battle of CU alums

Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer
Colorado grad Josh Scott had nine points, seven rebounds and one blocked shot for the Trail Blazers on Saturday in NBA Summer League.

Earlier this week, an ankle injury forced Derrick White to be a mere spectator in an on-court reunion against another decorated Colorado basketball alum, Josh Scott.

The duo collided again on Saturday, this time with White in action and putting on another impressive showing. However, Scott and the Portland Trail Blazers enjoyed the last laugh.

Four days after losing to White’s San Antonio Spurs, Scott helped Portland exact revenge in the NBA Summer League quarterfinals with a 94-87 victory.

With the win, Scott will again be in action with Portland on Sunday in the Summer League semifinals, meaning his debut with Team Colorado in The Basketball Tournament will be delayed until at least the Super 16 next weekend in Brooklyn, provided the team of CU alums survives its second-round date on Sunday.

With a few recent appearances for Portland short on minutes but solid in overall quality, Scott received a little more playing time on Saturday and acquitted himself well. Playing a summer-high 13 minutes against the Spurs, Scott shook off a couple of early missed jump shots to finish 3-for-9 from the field with nine points, seven rebounds, one blocked shot, and no turnovers.

The scoring and rebounding totals were Scott’s best marks of the summer session.

White, San Antonio’s top pick in last month’s NBA draft, again came off the bench for the Spurs and delivered a number of individual highlights, including a coast-to-coast layup after gaining possession of a loose ball just before the shot-clock buzzer and a driving 3-point play in the final moments of the third quarter that pulled the Spurs into a 65-65 tie going into the fourth.

White also turned in a summer-best scoring performance with 20 points, adding five rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 29 minutes. He was charged with four turnovers while going 7-for-15 from the floor (3-for-5 on 3-pointers) and 3-for-4 at the free throw line.

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