FULLERTON, Calif. -- 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. Donte Moncrief Jersey . -- Timbers coach Caleb Porter didnt stray from his business-like approach to the season even after Portland downed the two-time defending league champion Los Angeles Galaxy to gain crucial playoff position. Leonard Fournette Jersey .Y. -- Marcell Dareus and the Buffalo Bills defence made life miserable for Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. http://www.thejaguarsfansshop.com/Jaguars-Myles-Jack-Draft-Jersey/ . 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Light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev, who was idle from June 2015 until this past June because of a right shoulder injury and subsequent surgery, is set for the second bout of his comeback.Beterbiev, a native of Russia who fights out of his adopted hometown of Montreal, will face Paraguays Isidro Ranoni Prieto in a scheduled 12-round bout on Dec. 23 at the Casino du Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec, promoter Yvon Michel announced Thursday.Despite the claims of some promoters and light heavyweight challengers, its a fact that Artur Beterbiev is the most dangerous and biggest threat to all of the world light heavyweight champions, Michel said. All contenders for titles change their minds when it comes to getting in the same ring with him. Isidro Prieto is a fierce fighter who accepted the challenge, also believing he has the style to repel even the most courageous boxer. He is determined to make a name for himself Dec. 23rd. We certainly admire his determination.Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs), 31, a two-time Russian Olympian, made his return seven months after the surgery, knocking out Argentinas Ezequiel Maderna in the fourth round on June 4.Prieto (26-1-3, 22 KOs), 30, has won two fights in a row. In his only loss, he dropped a unanimous decision to Eleider Alvarez, a Beterbiev promotional stablemate, in August 2015 in Montreal.Prieto is by far the best fighter available to fight Artur, trainer Marc Ramsay said. He is very aggressive, and his style ensures a fight filled with action.Said Beterbiev: Im really happy with the turn of events.dddddddddddd During his time in Montreal, Prieto has shown that he is a true warrior, and thats the kind of opponent I want to face.Before Beterbiev injured his shoulder, he was supposed to fight in a world title elimination bout with a shot at unified titlist Sergey Kovalev at stake. He defeated Kovalev in the amateur ranks. With the injury behind him, Beterbiev is likely to land an eliminator if he beats Prieto.He has all the qualities required to become world champion, said Andre Kulesza, Beterbievs strength and conditioning coach. He is healthy and always positive. He is highest level of athlete I have ever had the chance to work with in Montreal. Artur is naturally strong, agile and flexible. He will go up very quickly and destroy his rivals. Expect lots of KOs.Beterbiev was put on the fast track by Michel as soon as he turned pro. He has already scored notable knockout wins against former world titleholders Tavoris Cloud and Gabriel Campillo.Michel also announced that the kickoff of the new season of boxing cards at the Casino de Montreal will begin Oct. 20. The show will be headlined by a 10-round welterweight bout between 2012 Canadian Olympian Custio Clayton (9-0, 7 KOs) and Mexicos Ramses Agaton (17-4-3, 9 KOs).I work hard every week, and I always feel better when I work out, Clayton said. 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