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Oregon guard's crossover decks defender

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The expression that a high school hoops star "broke an opponent's ankle" is a widely expressed euphemism for a player who uses a strong move to bamboozle a defender. While that may happen any number of times in the course of a top high school game, it's rare that a defender is so confused by a crossover dribble that he actually falls down.

Yet that's exactly what happened when two of Oregon's heated rivals faced off recently, with Jesuit (Ore.) High guard Riley Wiggins crossing up an overmatched defender, who collapsed while Wiggins strolled in for an uncontested layup and foul.

The bucket was a rare high point in a surprising season of futility for Jesuit against Aloha (Ore.) High. The Warriors knocked off the six-time league champion Jesuit football team in October, and followed that up with a memorable basketball victory Tuesday, overcoming Jesuit's frantic full-court press en route to a narrow, 61-57 win.

Of course, Jesuit was forced to play the game without its biggest star, senior McDonald's All-American and Kentucky recruit Kyle Wiltjer, who missed the game with an injury. That -- combined with the experience gleaned from Jesuit's 67-30 rout of Aloha in January -- set the stage for yet another memorable Aloha upset.

"Without [Wiltjer] we didn't have any matchups that we really worried about and we knew that we actually had a lot of advantages in that situation," Aloha guard Ryan Dethlefs told the Portland Oregonian.

One of the guard's teammates quickly added that the Jesuit's missing star hardly dampened the significance of his team's victory.

"We're very happy with the win right now," Aloha forward Doug Thomas told the Oregonian. "Even though they don't have [Wiltjer] it feels really good to beat them."

Yet, as memorable as the victory may have been, it'll be hard to overlook Wiggins' crossover from earlier in the game, a move which may even out-shine Wiltjer's best moments.

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