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FULLERTON, Calif. Al MacInnis Jersey Large . -- UCLA coach Steve Alford thought Lonzo Ball got off to a slow start Thursday night.If that was a slow start for Ball, it bodes very well for the Bruins this season.The freshman sensation had 18 points and 11 assists for his third career double-double, turning in several spectacular plays as No. 14 UCLA romped past Portland 99-77 in the first round of the Wooden Legacy.The guys fed off him. If hes learning anything, its that this team really trusts him, Alford said. When he gets rolling, it really helps what we are doing at both ends.All five starters for UCLA (5-0) scored in double figures, buoyed by impressive ball movement that led to a tournament-record 29 assists on 36 field goals. Thomas Welsh added 16 points and 10 rebounds, Isaac Hamilton had 16 points, TJ Leaf scored 14 and Bryce Alford 13.Pilots coach Terry Porter, a longtime NBA player and coach, said Ball is a bigger version of Jason Kidd and a better shooter than Kidd was coming out of California.Man, hes just got a lot of good skills, Porter said. Just a big point guard with great vision, really plays the right way, plays unselfishly.Jazz Johnson scored 25 points for Portland (3-1), which trailed 45-37 at halftime after going 7 of 13 on 3-pointers.UCLA used an 11-0 run early in the second half to open a 21-point lead, allowing the Bruins to put on a show for the partisan crowd.It appeared UCLA would become the first team to score 100 points in the 22-year history of this event, but the Bruins fell just short. They easily sped past the 93 points Louisville scored in a 1996 overtime win.BIG PICTUREUCLA: The Bruins got a necessary lesson in perimeter defense. Hot outside shooting can get a team upset in March, and Coach Alford gets to impart that without actually losing a game. No one can question UCLAs offensive firepower, but it will be the other side of the ball that determines how much the Bruins accomplish in Ball and Leafs freshman season.Portland: The Pilots hung in admirably for a half and can build on that. UCLA is going to steamroll plenty of teams this season, but Portland made the Bruins exert themselves for longer than anyone would have expected. On nights when Portland shoots the ball well and plays solid defense, it should be able to challenge the top teams in the strong West Coast Conference.POLL IMPLICATIONSUCLA will certainly take Pac-12 rival Oregons spot at No. 13 if it wins the Wooden Legacy, but any further upward momentum is unlikely unless the weekend brings a spate of upsets. The Ducks should remain ranked in the teens after dropping their opener in the Maui Invitational, which will leave No. 8 Arizona and No. 11 Gonzaga as the highest-ranked teams on the West Coast before the Wildcats and Bulldogs square off Dec. 3.FRESH MENBall and Leaf are entering the firsts portion of their brief college careers, playing in their first tournament this weekend, facing their first Power Five opposition Friday and first road trip at No. 1 Kentucky next week.Coach Alford is pleased with how Ball and Leaf have been able to handle and process such moments so far.They learn as they go, but they are doing a great job of figuring it out as they are learning these new experiences, he said.HIGHLIGHT REELAaron Holiday found Ball for a nifty reverse alley-oop. The freshman was in midair parallel to the basket when he tossed the ball up and in, a play that reflected the infectious willingness to move the ball that has energized UCLA.It becomes contagious, Steve Alford said. Well pass up wide-open looks to get somebody an even better look and thats something that is fun to watch as a coach.HE SAID ITI thought we were soft and allowed them to be comfortable, especially in that first half, Alford said of UCLAs defense to start the game.UP NEXTUCLA will face Nebraska in a second-round game Friday after the Cornhuskers downed Dayton 80-78.Portland plays the Flyers on the consolation side of the bracket Friday.---This story has been corrected to fix spelling of last name of Thomas Welsh and number of career double-doubles for Lonzo Ball. Cheap Custom Flames Jersey .ca NFL Power Rankings, overtaking the Denver Broncos and remaining ahead of NFC competition San Francisco, Carolina and New Orleans. Wholesale Custom Flames Shirts . The catch: It needs a lot of money, and it needs it fast. http://www.customflamesjersey.com/ . -- Vincent Lecavalier got everything but the desired result in his return to Tampa Bay. Swansea City overcame Sunderland with a superb 3-0 victory Saturday at the Liberty Stadium as Fernando Llorente grabbed a second half brace.Jermain Defoe came close early on for the visitors but he rifled his shot just over the bar. Alfie Mawson and Jordi Amat then had good headed chances from Gylfi Sigurdssons free-kicks but they both failed to find the back of the net. However, the Swans started the second half brightly and were awarded a penalty on 50 minutes when Jason Denayer was adjudged to have handled a cross from Wayne Routledge. Sigurdsson took the resulting spot-kick and buried it down the middle to make it 1-0.It was then 2-0 just minutes later when Llorente turned home a low corner from Sigurdsson which beat Jordan Pickford and found the back oof the net. Cheap Flames Jerseys. Bob Bradleys side kept going forward in search of more goals and nearly made it 3-0 on the hour mark. However, Jordan Pickford made a superb save from Amats header, tipping the ball over the bar, to keep the score 2-0.The Black Cats could only hold out till 80 minutes though as substitute Jefferson Montero hit the byline before crossing to Llorente, who nodded home his second goal of the game. Lukasz Fabianski turned a header onto the bar late on but it was too little too late for Sunderland. The result pushes the Swans out of the relegation zone while David Moyes side go back to the bottom of the league. ' ' ' 
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