Large schools get to business

Class 6A, 5A, 4A teams play into state tournaments
March 3, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

It's down to crunch time for the large schools in prep basketball.

And, almost all of the top teams will be involved - all of them but Westview.

Only one team seeded No. 1 in the Class 6A, 5A and 4A playoffs lost Friday, while only one home team lost in boys baskteball Saturday in the way to the eight-team tournaments. The biggest upset, although it wasn't technically an upset, happened at David Douglas, where the second-seeded Scots beat third seed Westview Saturday, 54-53. Westview, which features Kansas-bound Landen Lucas, reached the boys final the past two seasons.

Girls quarterfinal action begins Wednesday at three sites in the Willamette Valley, while boys quarterfinals begin Thursday.

State finals are set for Saturday night for Class 6A teams at the Rose Garden, Matthew Knight Arena for Class 5A and Gill Coliseum for Class 4A schools.

Among the top stories is South Medford, which has never played past the quarterfinals, ranked No. 1 at Class 6A, and coming off a 98-54 win over Tualatin Friday - the highest score of any boys or girls team in the playoffs. Defending champion Jesuit was an upset victim Friday, 66-48 at St. Mary's.

Jesuit's boys team, which has won the last three 6A tournaments, returns. The tournament features both North and South Medford, who will play each others Thursday at 3:15 p.m. at the Rose Garden in the quarterfinals.

At 5A, Benson, which lost in the boys final in double-overtime last season, used a 17-0 first-quarter run to ease past Liberty, 75-52, and is aiming for the tournament's other No. 1 seed, Mountain View, in the final. Those teams met in the quarterfinals last year with Benson winning.

Defending champion Corvallis returns.

Springfield, the defending champion, and Willamette are the top seeds in the girls 5A tournament. 

At Class 4A, defending girls champion Cascade won on the road Friday to reach the quarterfinals.

And Phoenix, the defending 4A boys champion, returns as a second seed.


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