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PIL moves games to Chiles

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:41pm
Grant boys and girls will play host to stirring doubleheader Staff report Staff image.

PORTLAND - In a stirring move not seen in nearly two decades, the Portland Interscholastic League moved the site of two of its upcoming boys and girls basketball games to the Chiles Center on the campus of the University of Portland Monday.

The Grant High girls and Benson Lady Techsters will play at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 - a Friday, prior to the Grant boys taking on the Jefferson boys at 7:15 p.m. The move follows the interest in the same doubleheader from Saturday, when the No. 4 Benson's girls edged Grant 56-53, and then No. 1 Jefferson edged No. 3 Grant 81-80.

The upcoming games are scheduled near the end of the regular season. Only one additional game remains for each team at that point, played the following Tuesday.

The move to the Chiles Center is one the district has made in the past, although it was 2001 when that last occurred. Both league games featuring the Benson and Jefferson boys were moved to the Chiles Center and effectively sold out the 5,000-seat venue. Jefferson won the PIL title that season, a year after having won the state title. Benson entered the tournament as the No. 4 team in the state. They also met in the tournament semifinals at Memorial Coliseum in the days when the state tournament was 16 teams and lasted five days. Benson won the semifinal meeting, but lost to Churchill the following day in the title game.

Jefferson won the Class 6A boys title last year at the Chiles Center, celebrating its first large-school title since 2000.

Grant reached the semifinals in the girls tournament last season. A PIL school has not played in the title game since 1991, and has not won the large-school title since 1982.




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Broncos get back on track

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:20pm
Parkrose edges Putnam in battle for second win of season By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com Senior Leyson Farmer glides to the basket for a first-half basket. Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

MILWAUKIE - In the battle to escape the cellar of the Northwest Oregon Conference, the Parkrose Broncos leaned on their seniors to deliver a 60-58 victory over host Putnam in Class 5A boys basketball action Friday night.

Seniors Justin Tran, Isamu Chang and Darnel Jones combined for 39 points to lead Parkrose, which improved to 2-8 on the season, in the conference opener for both teams.

Putnam dropped to 1-10, leaving it as one of just three schools at Class 5A with one win on the season.

Junior Ruben Onishchenko scored 16 points to lead all scorers, and senior Dustin Britt added 14 for Putnam.

Parkrose dominated much of the first half on the way to a 28-13 lead, but the Kingsmen battled back and eventually led 36-34 after an 8-0 run to start the second half. The game see-sawed for the final 12 minutes with Parkrose in the lead, but Putnam continually rallying. Putnam had an opportunity to tie or win in the final 10 seconds, but missed a three-point shot and Parkrose ran out the final seconds.

The Broncos, who have won two of the past three games, return to action Tuesday against Sandy. Only one of the losses suffered by Parkrose is to a Class 5A team.

Putnam plays host to St. Helens Tuesday. The loss is the third by three points or less in the past four games for the Kingsmen, including Wednesday's 84-83 loss at McKay in Salem. Putnam lost to Glencoe 43-40, Dec. 29, then beat Ridgeview the following day in a tournament in Bend in it's previous two games.



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