high school basketball

Hoops finally hits the hardwood

High school basketball begins across the state
Staff report

After eight months of shooting drills, defensive shuffles and flat out running until parents showed up looking at their watches, high school basketball kicked off Friday with games across the state.

McKay of Salem hit 90 points in its boys win over Lakeridge, Benson hit 87 in its boys win over Gresham, just as the school's girls team was registering a decisive 61-44 win at Jesuit.

For the Benson girls, the game was a fabulous start to a season that includes a scheduled trip for a tournament in Washington, D.C. later this month.

Snuck into all the excitement of varsity play, was Mountainside of Beaverton beginning its drive toward varsity play next year with a boys Junior Varsity 2 game against Beaverton. Mountainside opened this year.

While league play begins for some of the six classifications, the non-league boys schedule includes the annual 16-team Les Schwab Classic, Dec. 27-30, and annual Nike Invitational for girls, Dec. 27-29.

Oregon City, set to play in the Nike Invitational, began its season Thursday with a four-day tournament in California, and plans to play in an eight-team tournament in Hawaii beginning Thursday as part of its drive to win its first state title since 2014.

Sutherlin's girls team, which has won the past four Class 4A state titles, lost Friday to Dayton in a tournament it plays host to.




Jesuit/LO meet again; Mac's night?

TUESDAY, JAN 8 The Crusaders and Lakers met in state and LSI Finals
Jan. 8, 2013

Lake Oswego and Jesuit are getting pretty familiar with themselves on a high school basketball court.

After meeting in the Class 6A boys state final in March, the teams met in the Les Schwab Invitational in December, with each team winning once. Jesuit won the bigger of the two games - it's fourth-straight state final, but LO showed it's more than capable of ending that run with a victory in the LSI, Dec. 29.

Tonight, they meet at Jesuit in a highlight event of the day, beginning at 7 p.m.

The Winterhawks look to extend their current win streak to 11 straight and get goaltender Mac Carruth his 106th victory for the team, which would establish a franchise record. The Hawks (33-5-1-0, 67 points) play Prince George (12-22-1-4, 29 points) at Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m.

Early in the day, the Portland Timbers will introduce their new head coach, Caleb Porter, to the media today. Porter comes to the team from the University of Akron, where he coached team standout Darlington Nagbe.

And, Springfield and Willamette meet in Class 5A girls basketball in a rematch of the state title game last year, which the Millers won. The teams met at the Nike Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego, with the Wolverines winning that game.



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