West Linn readies for challenge

Lions trounce North Medford, move closer to fifth title
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Keishon Dawkins drives toward the basket Wednesday.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - West Linn might not be the outright favorite to win a state title this year, but they didn't play like that Wednesday.

The four-time defending champions blew through North Medford on the way to 55 points in the first half, and rolled to a 89-59 victory in the quarterfinals of the OSAA Class 6A Boys Basketball tournament at the Chiles Center.

Senior Rodney Hounshell hit four three-point shots on the way to 20 points, and senior Braden Olsen made eight of this 10 attempts on the way to 20 points as the second-ranked Lions improved to 22-4 and moved to the semifinals, where they will play third-ranked Clackamas.

West Linn is aiming to be the first boys team at all classifications to win five consecutive titles.

"We definitely wanted to make a statement that we're here to win," said Hounshell, who played at Lake Oswego last year. "Everyone thinks we're the underdog because we aren't ranked No. 1, but we're here to get that fifth state title for the team and for the school."

North Medford got 22 points from Brad Allen, but dropped to 21-6 and will play West Salem in the consolation semifinals.

 

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