clackamas boys basketball

Clackamas gets its shot

Powered by a 40-point performance, the Cavs reach the final
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - The Clackamas boys basketball program finally played its way into being noticed Friday.

Sparked by a 40-point outburst from senior point guard Elijah Gonzalez, the Cavaliers upset four-time champion West Linn 78-71 in the semifinals of the OSAA Class 6A boys tournament at the Chiles Center.

Gonzalez made nine 16 shots from the field, and 19 of 22 free-throw attempts to lead Clackamas, ranked third, to within a game of its first title.

"We're on a tremendous run, and it's so fun," Gonzalez said afterward. "I always told my dad I was going to lead my team to a state title, and now it's happening."

Clackamas, 24-4, will play top-ranked Jefferson, 26-1, at 3:15 p.m. Saturday for the title.

Jefferson beat Beaverton 63-54 in its semifinal.

West Linn, 22-5, got 17 points from Nolan Bertain, and 15 points from Rodney Hounshell, but saw its drive for an unprecedented fifth straight title end with a late scoring drought. The Lions led 69-68 with 33 seconds left, but Clackamas scored the next 10 points, including seven by Gonzalez.

Matt O'Brien added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers.

 

Gonzales leads Cavs to win

A near triple double helps beat West Salem 68-52 and move to semis
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Elijah Gonzales made a solid statement Wednesday that he's ready to move into the role played by Payton Pritchard the past three years, and lead his team to a state title.

Gonzales, a 5-foot-9 guard, scored 31 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out eight assists to lead Clackamas to a 68-52 win over West Salem in the quarterfinals of the OSAA Class 6A boys basketball state tournament at the Chiles Center.

Gonzales mad 12 of 22 shots, including six of 12 three-point attempts, and carried the Cavaliers to the semifinals, moving one step further in the tournament than last year when Pritchard, now a starter at the University of Oregon, led West Linn to its fourth consecutive state title. Pritchard was the state Player of the Year his final three seasons as well.

"This is very exciting getting to play this far into the tournament," Gonzales said afterward. "We're playing well, and playing as a team, and I can't wait for our next game."

West Salem got 20 points from Kyle Greeley, but hit just 38 percent of its field-goal attempts, and just six of 15 free throws.

 

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