boys basketball

First-time champs highlight weekend

De La Salle and Pacific boys among six champions
Staff report

De La Salle finally ended its title headache, and Pacific ended its title drought with championships in their respective basketball tournaments to highlight results from Saturday night.

The Knights, who lost their previous four title games including last year to Dayton, beat the Pirates this year, 68-55, at Marshfield High School.

Pacific played into its first boys title game and beat Prairie City, 73-50, at Baker High School.

CLASS 3A

DAYTON 35, SALEM ACADEMY 26

Kalina Rojas scored 12 point, Jaden Moore added 10 and Chloe Cisneros had 11 rebounds to carry the Pirates to their second-straight girls title.

Second-seeded Dayton trailed 6-4 after the first quarter, but jumped to a 16-11 lead at the half, and held the lead for the remainder of the game on the way to finishing the season 29-1.

DE LA SALLE 68, DAYTON 55

The top-seeded Knights got just six points from standout senior Emmanual Reilley, but he grabbed seven rebounds, had three steals and Kadeem Nelson and Kadren Addy picked up the scoring slack with 19 points each to lead the team to its first title.

De La Salle finished 27-1 and with a 24-game winning streak.

Dayton reached the title game along with the school's girls team for the second consecutive year.

 

CLASS 2A

KENNEDY 53, MONROE 40

Kaylin Cantu scored 12 points and Sophia Carley added 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead top-seed Kennedy to its second girls title in three years with the win over No. 2 Monroe.

Peyton Greene and Madison Ballard scored 12 points each to lead Monroe, last season's champion.

Kennedy ended with a 36-18 edge in rebounds. The Trojans finished 29-1, having lost only to Class 3A champion Dayton in December.

COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN x, WESTERN MENNONITE

Freshman Ben Gregg, a 6-foot-6 forward, had 23 points and 19 rebounds in 32 minutes to lead No. 2 Columbia Christian to its first 2A boys title with the win over No. 1 Western Mennonite.

Columbia Christian finished with a 48-27 edge in rebounds and scored its final 10 points at the free-throw line on the way to finishing 30-1. The Knights were a consistent Class 1A power and won titles in 2010 and '14 before moving up two years ago.

 

CLASS 1A

COUNTRY CHRISTIAN 56, NIXYAAWII 54

In a classic battle between the champions from the past two seasons - and finalists last year, the No. 2 Cougars handed the top-seeded Eagles their only loss of the season to win their second title in three years.

Senior Mollie Lewandowski had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead Country Christian, which trailed 49-40 with 4:30 left. Lewandowski scored 10 points in the remaining time, including a jump-shot at the buzzer.

Mary Stewart led all scorers with 28 points for Nixyaawii.

PACIFIC 73, PRAIRIE CITY 50

The top-seeded Pirates got a combined 34 points and 33 rebounds from seniors John Keeler and Jack Lehnherr and won the school's first boys title.

Pacific shot 60 percent from the field in the first half to take a 49-29 lead. The Pirates finished the season with a 22-game win streak.

 

 

High schools hit the road

Teams set travel plans for state tournaments
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

The end of the high school basketball season drew into clear view Saturday night for three of the six classifications across the state.

With the first and/or second round of games complete, the eight-team fields for the Class 3A, 2A and 1A state tournaments were set and hotel arrangements were busily being made for Coos Bay, Pendleton and Baker City.

Among the teams was Portland's De La Salle North Catholic, which beat Colton 73-29 at its home court located at the Salvation Army to reach the tournament for the sixth consecutive year. In three of those years, the Knights have reached the title game only to lose each time, including the past two seasons.

This year, coach James Broadous said after the win the team might try a different approach to the tournament.

"We're thinking about staying at a different hotel," Broadous said. "We've got one assistant coach who is a bit superstitious, and we have to raise the money to travel, too. So, that might be something that happens."

De La Salle is the top seed in the Class 3A tournament having improved to 24-1 overall with its only loss coming to Tualatin's Horizon Christian, which played its way in Saturday as well. Also in the tournament is Dayton, which beat De La Salle in last year's final.

The top four seeds in five of the six upcoming playoff brackets reached the final eight. Only third-seeded Damascus Christian lost in the Round of 16 in Class 1A boys, falling to visiting Joseph 55-43 Saturday. Joseph won two road games to advance to Baker City.  

Here are the quarterfinal match-ups.

CLASS 3A

At Marshfield HS/North Bend HS

BOYS, Thursday at Marshfield

Blanchet Catholic vs. Horizon Christian, 1:30 p.m.; De La Salle vs. Irrigon, 3:15 p.m.; Dayton vs. Oregon Episcopal, 6:30 p.m.; Cascade Christian vs. Santiam Christian, 8:15 p.m.

GIRLS, Thursday at North Bend

Salem Academy vs. Nyssa, 1:30 p.m.; Clatskanie vs. Blanchet Catholic, 3:15 p.m.; Creswell vs. Rainier, 6:30 p.m.; Coquille vs. Dayton, 8:15 p.m.

 

CLASS 2A

At Pendleton Convention Center/Pendleton HS

BOYS, Thursday at Pendleton Convention Center

Western Mennonite vs. Grant Union, 1:30 p.m.; Oakland vs. Toledo, 3:15 p.m.; Vernonia vs. Knappa, 6:30 p.m.; Kennedy vs. Columbia Christian, 8:15 p.m.

GIRLS, Thursday at Pendleton HS

Heppner vs. Kennedy, 1:30 p.m.; Faith Bible vs. Grant Union, 3:15 p.m.; St. Paul vs. Oakland, 6:30 p.m.; Monroe vs. Gold Beach, 8:15 p.m.

 

CLASS 1A

At Baker High School

BOYS, Thursday

Pacific vs. Hosanna Christian, 1:30 p.m.; Triad vs. Nixyaawii, 3:15 p.m.; Joseph vs. Jordan Valley, 6:30 p.m.; Prairie City vs. Sherman, 8:15 p.m.

GIRLS, Wednesday

Country Christian vs. Joseph, 1:30 p.m.; Jordan Valley vs. Days Creek, 3:15 p.m.; Powder Valley vs. Hosanna Christian, 6:30 p.m.; Damascus Christian vs. Nixyaawii, 8:15 p.m.

 

 

Lakers overpower OC on way to TRL showdown

Hermanson's first-quarter burst leads to 63-44 win
Feb. 7 2012 / By Jordan Royer, oregonsports.com

Calvin Hermanson scored 13 first-quarter points and the Lake Oswego Lakers took a 20-9 lead on the way to a 63-44 victory over visiting Oregon City in Class 6A boys basketball action Tuesday night. 

Hermason set the tone early with an alley-oop slam and the Lakers used a strong post game to earn the victory, which sends them to West Linn Friday just a game behind the Lions in the Three Rivers League title chase.

Coach Mark Shoff was happy with the way his team started. “I thought we started off really well … then we got, what I tell them, cute, and we paid the price for it at times.”

Lake Oswego's 20 point first quarter was followed up by a slow quarter offensively but its defense allowed just eight points in the quarter to keep the Pioneers from drawing close.

In the third it appeared the Lakers had figured things out offensively once again as they piled on 21 points to widen the margin, allowing them to put it on cruise control for the remainder of the game.

Their shooting from the outside, however, is a concern moving forward for coach Shoff. They shot just 25 percent from behind the arc Tuesday.

The 21 points from Hermanson led all scorers while teammates Alex Matthews and Jason Luhnow added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Joey Baldwin scored 16 points in the loss for the Pioneers.

The win improves Lake Oswego to 14-5 and they are now winners of four straight. Their last loss came on January 18 at the hands of West Linn, 63-60 in overtime.

Oregon City is 4-15, 1-5.

 

Oregon City......9 8 14 13

Lake Oswego..20 10 21 12

Oregon City- Hole 3-0-6; Baldwin 5-3-16; Polk 2-0-4; Jones 1-1-3; Mayo 6-1-14; Nguyen 0-1-1

Lake Oswego- Anderson 0-2-2; Luhnow 3-2-11; Allen 0-1-1; Hermanson 10-1-21; Quarterman 2-0-4; Casliek 0-3-3; Matthews 5-3-13; Lomax 4-0-8

 

Benson runs over Jefferson, 70-52

Top-ranked Tech holds Demos to 15 points in second half
Feb. 7, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Top-ranked Benson's drive to win its first state title at Class 5A nearly hit a season-ending snag with 4:05 left in a 70-52 win over Jefferson Tuesday.

Senior forward Bryce White, who's scoring and brash talk have led the Techmen to the top of the state rankings, collapsed to the ground clutching his right knee after battling for an offensive rebound with teammates.

The crowd at Benson went silent, as fans of the home team looked for a sign of White's condition. Coach Troy Berry walked over, talked to White for five seconds, then returned to the Benson bench, which reassured the crowd the injury was merely a cramp.

"I've never a cramp before," White said after quietly scoring 16 points. "I thought my calf broke. I know your calf can't break, but that's how much pain I was in."

"I was hoping his leg wasn't broke," Franklin said, "because he's a big factor on this team. We need him."

Benson remained in full control of the Portland Interscholastic League race with its 14th straight win, inmproving to 15-2 overall and 10-0 in league contests. Jefferson, ranked 14th, remained in second at 10-8, 7-3.

Norman Franklin scored a game-high 20 points to lead Benson.

Victor Sanders, a junior, led the Democrats with 17 points.

Benson scored relatively easily throughout the first half, with Franklin making several off-balance shots. But, Jefferson, a team with no seniors, scapped its way into a 37-all tie before the Techmen took the lead for good with six seconds left in the half.

Berry re-directed his team's focus at halftime.

"The first half we were just lazy," Franklin said. "Coach told us we needed to pick up our intensity and we got together and that's what we did."

Benson, aided by several foul calls that went its way, outscored Jefferson 21-8 in the third quarter and 10-7 in the fourth.

"This is a big win for us because it showed that we're the best team in the PIL," White said, "and also we're the best in the state."

 

Central Catholic survives at David Douglas, 57-54

Second-ranked Rams rally from 9 points down in the second half
Jan. 20, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Eighth-ranked David Douglas nearly pulled off a significant upset Friday night at home against No. 2 Central Catholic by using an energetic start to the second half to forge a 35-26 lead that had the Rams on the brink of losing for just the fourth time this season.

That's when senior Danny Brakebush calmly sank 3-point shots on back-to-back possessions to spark the Rams on what would become a 15-4 run and efficient free-throw shooting turned into a 57-54 win in a Mount Hood Conference boys basketball game.

Brakebush finished with a game-high 21 points, while junior forward Austin Dyer had 13 and senior guard Lucas Hunter added 12 for the Rams, who improved to 13-3, 2-0 in conference games.

"We know we've got a target on our backs and it's good to win close games like this," said Hunter, one of five new starters. "Us and Jesuit. There's a lot of good teams in the state, but we know we're one that everyone wants to beat."

David Douglas got 17 points from senior post Jeremiah Harris, 13 points from senior guard Taye Baker and 12 points from senior Kevin  Hurley, but had a three-game win streak snapped and dropped to 8-7, 1-1.

The Scots used the power game of Harris, who is 6-foot-5, and scrappy defense to roll off a 6-0 run to start the second half. Then, after Brakebush hit a couple free throws, they rolled off another 6-0 run that ended when the Rams quickly inbounded, found Brakebush and he nailed a three.

After David Douglas failed to score on a fastbreak, the Rams calmly found Brakebush open again and he hit the second three that started their scoring again.

"Those shots definitely kept us in the game," Hunter said. "Without those, the game probably would have been over."

"It's fun to get to take big shots like that," said Brakebush, one of the new starters. "I've been waiting a long time to get a lot of minutes; we all have. We've got five new starters, a new coach (Dan Munson) and we just want to go as far as we can this season."

After building the big lead, the Scots had trouble getting the ball to Harris and Central ramped up its defense, creating two turnovers in the final minute. The Rams also got an offensive rebound after a missed free throw and turned that into a basket for a 52-49 lead with 36 seconds left.

Central went just 4 of 7 from the free-throw line in the final minute, but hit its first nine to finish at 13 of 16. The Scots made 9 of 16.

"This is a tough loss, but we fought them hard and we know we can beat them," Hurley said. "Our goal is to win the state tournament and we think we're one of the teams that can do it. We get to play Central again at their place. We'll just keep working to get better an beat them when we see them next."

Despite the loss, the Scots actually moved up in the Class 6A rankings to No. 7 due to the complex ranking system that rewards teams for playing quality opponents such as one ranked No. 2.

The teams play at Central Catholic Feb. 10.

 

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