Boys Basketball

Jesuit survives upset bid in tourney opener

David Douglas stays close until final minute
March 8, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

Jesuit's run to a fourth-straight Class 6A boys basketball state title got off to a rocky, yet confident start Thursday at the Rose Garden.

The Crusaders got 14 points from sixth-man Werner Nistler, 11 points and seven rebounds from Collin Spickerman and hit 12 straight free throws to close out a 54-45 win over David Douglas in the quarterfinals.

Jesuit, which improved to 23-2, led just 42-41 with 57 seconds remaining when Nistler hit the first of the free throws to start the run. The Crusaders were just 6 of 15 at the line prior to that shot and finished 18 of 27 (67 percent).

David Douglas got 22 points and 11 rebounds from forward Jeremiah Harris, but couldn't finish out its upset bid, less than a week after knocking preseason state title contender Westview from the playoffs.

Jesuit, which outscored the Scots 22-0 off the bench, will play North Medford in the semifinals Friday.

The Black Tornado, one of the four No. 1 seeds to reach the quarterfinals, beat rival South Medford 59-48.




Unheralded Milwaukie upset top-ranked Mountain View 69-63 in the quarterfinals, powered by a huge game from center Keynan Middleton.

Middleton scored 34 points, including the final six in the closing 57 seconds after Mountain View had closed a 62-57 deficit to 63-61.

Milwaukie trailed 36-35 heading in to the fourth quarter.




Lakers overpower OC on way to TRL showdown

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

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,

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."


Jesuit overcomes Westview in 2 OT struggle

Top-ranked Crusaders end on a 10-0 run for 45-38 win
Feb. 1, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

Jesuit defended its position atop the Class 6A boys basketball ranks with a frustrating, physical win at Westview Wednesday night, edging the Wildcats 45-38 in the second overtime.

Senior post Colin Spickerman scored 12 points and guards Rick Maddock and Khyan Rayner added eight points each to lead Jesuit, which ran off 10 consecutive points to end the game.

Landen Lucas, Westview's 6-foot-10 post, led all scorers with 17 points, but had trouble getting the ball from teammates against the active Jesuit defense. Montie Leunen had 11 points for the Wildcats, who entered the game ranked fifth.

Jesuit took over sole control of the Metro League lead with the win, improving to 15-2 overall, 4-0 in league games. Westview is 13-4, 3-1. The teams meet in two weeks at Jesuit.

Both teams struggled to score from the start, with Jesuit scoring the game's lone basket in the opening four minutes. The Crusaders led 16-3 after a quarter and kept Lucas, who is headed for the University of Kansas, from scoring until 6:14 left in the first half. Lucas regularly established position under the basket against Spickerman, but the Wildcats' guards were unable to get him the ball.

Jesuit led 22-9 midway through the second quarter, but missed its next 10 shots to allow Westview to take a 23-22 lead early in the second half. The Wildcats grabbed eight offensive rebounds in the third quarter - seven more than they had in the first half, and trailed just 28-27 heading into the fourth quarter.

The teams traded the lead four times in the fourth quarter, which featured just 10 field-goal attempts. The first four quarters took just 70 minutes to play.

Westview led 38-35 after Leunen hit a 3-point shot on the first possession of the second overtime, but Maddock, a 6-1 senior, responded with a bucket and the Wildcats missed their final three field-goal attempts and had three turnovers to end the game.

Spickerman but the Crusaders ahead 39-39 with a rebound basket and Rayner hit shots on the next two possesions for a 43-38 lead in the final minute. Maddock closed the scoring with a pair of free throws.

Jesuit plays host to Beaverton Friday, while Westview plays at Sunset.

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,

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.


Path to Jesuit's fourth title not an easy one

Central Catholic, Lake Oswego, Westview are top contenders
Jan. 17, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

Top-ranked Jesuit will enter Metro League play Friday coming off a rare loss, underscoring the competitive nature of Class 6A this season.

The Crusaders lost 57-49 at home to second-ranked Central Catholic Friday, evening the season series between the two schools. Jesuit beat the Rams in the semifinals of the Les Schwab Invitational in December, one night before losing its first game of the season to Oak Hill Academy.

Jesuit, 11-2 and the three-time defending state champion, plays at Southridge Friday.

Central Catholic, 12-3, is on a five-game win streak that includes a win over Barlow in its Mount Hood Conference opener Tuesday. The Rams play at seventh-ranked David Douglas Friday.

No. 3 Lake Oswego, 10-4, opened Three Rivers League play with a 65-38 win over Oregon City Friday. The Lakers have lost twice to Jesuit (52-50 and 65-59 in overtime).

Central Catholic - a state tournament semifinalist last season - has losses to Lake Oswego and Westview, which lost to Jesuit in the state final last year but has since added Landen Lucas, a 6-10 forward headed to Kansas.

Fifth-ranked Westview, 10-3, opens Metro League play Friday at home against Aloha. The Wildcats also lost to Jesuit in the state final in 2010.

Teams among the outside contenders include No. 4 West Linn, No. 6 North Medford, which reached the state semifinals last season, and David Douglas, which beat Westview in overtime earlier this month.


Centennial defends its home court edge, 69-65

The Eagles use a big fourth-quarter rally to beat South Salem
By Cliff Pfenning,

Heading toward the top-heavy Mount Hood Conference, the Centennial Eagles needed to regain some momentum on their home court after a disappointing loss Tuesday to Beaverton. They took care of that Friday night.

Trailing South Salem 60-54 midway through the fourth quarter, the Eagles responded with several stellar defensive stands and ran off a 17-2 run on the way to a 69-65 win in non-conference boys basketball action at Centennial.

Cam Croonquist led the senior-dominated Eagles with 19 points, including a 3-point basket with 1:05 left that gave Centennial a 63-62 lead. The Eagles made four of four free-throw attempts and got an inside score from 6-foot-8 senior Guy Powers to improve to 6-4 overall with another non-conference test set for 12:30 p.m. Saturday against Cleveland of the Portland Interscholastic League.

"This is a big win for us because one of our goals for this year was to not lose on our home court," Croonquist said. "We lost a tough game on Tuesday, but bounced back against a good team."

Beaverton rolled into the Eagles' gym Tuesday and left with a 70-62 win, a factor that played a role in the comeback from trailing in the fourth quarter.

"We were in the same situation Tuesday, in a close game and let them get away," Croonquist said. "When we were down, we reminded ourselves about our goals and that helped motivate us."

South Salem got 14 points from senior guard J.J. Ramos and 13 points from senior Kyle Atkinson, but fell to 8-5 heading into its Central Valley Conference opener at Sprague Tuesday night. The Saxons made one of their 11 three-pointers with two seconds left for the final score.

Winning at home will be a key to Centennial making any kind of noise within its league, which has three teams: Central Catholic, Barlow and David Douglas, ranked in the Top 10 in Class 6A. Friday's win could be a spark for the team as it prepares for league play, which begins Jan. 17 at home against Gresham.

Centennial, which moved up six spots to No. 24 in the 6A rankings, has has three road games before Gresham, and doesn't play one of the league's Big 3 until the following week.

South Salem, ranked No. 17, gave up its highest point total in three weeks, while suffering a fourth-quarter scoring drought that's been a key in its past three losses, all of which have been by eight points or less.

"That's a problem we've got to work on and get fixed because league play is here," first-year South Salem coach Tyler Allen said. "We can't expect to win games by scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter."

The Saxons lead the CVC in wins and are among the top 3 in rankings behind Sprague, No. 13, and North Salem, No. 16.



Midwest tames Global hoops field

Landen Lucas helps West reach third-place game
By Cliff Pfenning and Nathan Sarles,

HILLSBORO – Portland got its first look at the return of Landen Lucas and the world of international basketball got a look at the future of the Canadian National Team this weekend during the Nike Global Challenge at Liberty High School.

Canada battled the US Midwest All-Stars into the second half of the title game of the eight-team tournament before the Midwest pulled away for a 99-94 win.

Archie Goodwin of Little Rock, Ark., led the Midwest, while 7-foot-5 center Sim Bhullar led Canada, which featured another 7-footer.

Lucas, who transferred to an out-of-state academy, will play his senior season at Westview, just a short distance from Sunset, where he played his first two seasons.

The 6-foot-10 center figures to be one of the top players in the state, giving the Wildcats a significant opportunity to dethrone three-time defending champion Jesuit.

“Choosing to go to Westview was more a love of coach (Pat) Coons than a dislike of coach (Todd) Sherwood,” Lucas said after the West lost to the East 122-114 in the third-place final. “They’ll just prep me more for a pro-style team.”

Westview lost to Jesuit in the Class 6A final last year.

Lucas, a last-minute addition to the West team after J-Mychal Reese of Bryan, Texas suffered an injury, played sparingly Sunday, but had 10 points and 14 rebounds in the team’s opening game, a 106-74 win over Puerto Rico.

The West lost 121-101 to the Midwest on Saturday.

The three US teams lost just once to an international team – Canada beating the East 104-83 on Saturday. In that game, Bhullar had 16 points and 11 rebounds and helped his team shoot 55 percent from the field.

Brazil, which lost just 85-74 to Canada in the first round, went 2-1 and finished fifth.

The tournament was the finale of a series of Nike Elite Tournaments that began in March.

Grant's Ice Cream Man

Mike Moser leads Grant's 6A title defense
By Cliff Pfenning,

When Grant High senior Mike Moser thinks about his basketball skills and his presence within a game, and links it to a flavor of ice cream, it takes just a second to come up with an answer.

“Chocolate,” he says while preparing for a recent practice. “Everybody likes it and it’s smooth.”

Grant coach Tony Broadous picks the same flavor for the 6-foot-8 senior forward.

“Chocolate,” he says. “That’s my favorite.”

Then Broadous puts a texture on his answer.

“And maybe some orange sherbert, a little mixture of both.”

And he’s not alone.

Beno Memory, Moser’s club team coach, picks a type of sherbert.

“Rainbow,” he says. “It’s got a lot over flavors and Mike’s got a lot of parts to his game.”

Mfon Udoka, who’s been practicing with Moser for years, took several minutes to think of one specific flavor.

“I can’t think of even one,” she says, “but it would probably be some kind of sherbert.”

Sherbert … not exactly the texture most basketball players would want to be associated, especially one who is ranked No. 50 among high school seniors by ESPNU, is headed for NCAA power UCLA and has been invited to the Nike Hoop Summit by USA Basketball.

But, Moser’s play is smooth like chocolate and light like sherbert. In the final week of the regular season, Moser scored 46 points in a 66-63 win over Wilson and then 35 in a 78-67 win over Benson.

It might have been the quietest 81-point week in state history, mostly because of Moser’s style of play and 170-pound body.

“You see this thin frame and you’re not going to say he’s a banger,” Memory says of Moser, who’s averaging 22.3 points per game. “He definitely has to get stronger and bigger.”

“He’s got a good attitude,” Broadous says. “He’s not a guy who’s going to cry to the referee, he’s just going to play through most everything.
“But he’s still just a young guy. Sometimes people watch him and say ‘how can he be going to UCLA?’ But he’s still just a high school kid who’s working hard to get better.”

We all scream for ice cream
Affiliating Moser with ice cream is simple because of his family tradition. His mother, Jeanne, is a co-owner of Rose’s Ice Cream, a restaurant located on NE 42nd and Alberta, where he eats usually five times a week.

Jeanne Moser, like his coaches, connects Mike’s ice cream intake with a simple lack of fairness.

How can he eat so much - and not just ice cream - and still not gain weight?

“If there were any justice in the world, he’d weigh 1,000 pounds,” Jeanne Moser says with a laugh. “He’s young, so it makes sense that he works it off and doesn’t gain any weight.”

Moser came into the family as a one-month old, when Jeanne Moser adopted him from Dallas, Texas, the first of four children she adopted as a single women.

Adoptions and raising foster children have become a family tradition as Jeanne’s sister, Jane, has also adopted children. And, from around the world: Brazil, India, Haiti.

Mike Moser played numerous sports as a youngster but his height and passion for athletics helped him hone in on basketball. He played on the Grant varsity team as a freshman.

Jeanne Moser says that while Mike developed during his first two years at Grant, his skills blossomed last summer under the tutelage of Memory and on an AAU team, I-5 Elite, funded by Ime Udoka. At the Nike Global Challenge, Moser lit up Internet blogs as being a player to watch.

“He learned a lot of technique and really honed it,” Jeanne Moser says. “That’s when we really started to recognize his potential.”

Jeanne Moser says one of the joys of watching Mike and the Generals play is their teamwork on the court, which reflects Mike Moser’s personality.
“He’s not a ball hog, he’s not too much into the ego of it all,” she says. “He just wants to play, and play as a team. He likes the hard work that goes into it and likes it when his teammates like that hard work, too.”

Both Broadous and Memory have added to the foundation set by his family.

“We want our players to be able to play the game the right way,” says Memory. “We want his to have a good attitude, a strong work ethic and be a good teammate and continue to use those things in his journey with basketball.”

Moser says Broadous has played a key role beyond basketball.

“He’s helped me with my overall game,” Moser says of his coach, “but he’s also helped me with growing up, with how to be a man. We’ve had our ups and downs, but he’s always stuck by my side.”

California dreamin’
With a scholarship to UCLA in his future, Moser is a prime target for NBA expectations.

He expects that of himself, as do the legions of UCLA fans. Of the five incoming Bruins, Moser is No. 5 in terms of buzz on sites such as The other four recruits are from California, and the most recent Oregonian to play in Westwood, Lake Oswego’s Kevin Love, headed to the NBA after one season.

The recruiting class is ranked No. 9 in the nation by ESPNU, which had only one other Pac-10 school in the top 25 – Washington at No. 14.
Moser is the only Oregonian headed for one of those 25 programs.

UCLA ended up as Moser’s second pick after he initially committed to Arizona. When Wildcats’ coach Lute Olson left the program for health reasons, Moser took the opportunity to switch programs and headed for Westwood and coach Ben Howland.

He almost headed for Oregon State and coach Craig Robinson because of what he saw as a chance to play significant minutes as a freshman, but couldn’t resist the lure of a bigger program in an NBA market.

“The atmosphere and the history there and Ben Howland as a coach,” he says, “it’s really a good fit for me.”

While Love went from Oregon to UCLA to the NBA, Moser fits into the mold of a player who would most likely work through four years of schooling before reaching the NBA dream.

Ironically, Moser’s thin frame isn’t much of a drawback because of his age. Coaches and fans alike see a tall, lanky leaper with long arms ready to be molded by the rigors of the college game.

“I think I’m ready,” he says. “If I’m not, I’m going to get there.”

Even with a strong class of Californians heading for and returning to Westwood, Moser is still predicted as being part of the playing mix next season.
“It’s going to be an adjustment because players are going to be a lot tougher,” Broadous says. “And Ben Howland has a reputation as being tough as nails. There’s some things he’s going to have to work on the get consistent playing time, but Mike’s a quick learner and he’s always in the gym, so I’m confident he’ll get playing time as a true freshman.”

As for the NBA, Moser, like most major college recruits, has his hopes.

“That’s a goal of mine,” he says. “I’m going to keep working hard and playing hard, but that’s a long ways away.”

“He’s got the talent to play in the NBA,” Memory says. “His versatility, his length and athleticism … I can definitely see him playing at the next level.”
Broadous says the NBA might be the kind of dream Moser should think about as a college senior.

“He’s got the talent and the drive,” Broadous says. “I believe he’ll play somewhere professionally.”

General doubts
Being ranked second and the defending champions, the Generals are already a marked team before opponents and fans single out Moser as the player to focus on defensively.

Added to that, Moser is the only Grant player averaging double figures in points.

And, the Generals didn’t exactly blow out the competition in the PIL. The team finished 10-2 in league games, but four of those wins were by five points or less. And they beat Jefferson and Roosevelt of Class 5A by just five points combined in January.

Last season, the Generals had Moser alongside guard Paul McCoy, who graduated to the program at Southern Methodist, where he’s getting significant playing time. The Generals also had Mike James, who moved to junior college.

Moser still feels like the title belongs to the Generals until another team takes it from them.

“We feel like one of the favorites,” Moser says, “but there’s definitely a lot of doubters so we’re going to surprise some people.”

Broadous says Moser and the rest of the Generals are ready for the challenge, even if they get linked to sherbert ice cream.

“It’s a different team and Mike’s had to step up into the leadership role, but he’s done a good job with that,” Broadous says. “We’re peaking at the right time. I wouldn’t trade this team for any other in the state.”

Jesuit, Westview on return path to final

Central Catholic, North Medford get chances to upset the rematch
By Cliff Pfenning,

The Class 6A boys basketball teams with the top players continued on a path to meet in a rematch of last year's state final.

Jesuit beat upstart Roseburg and Westview survived a tense game with North Medford Wednesday to move into the semifinals at the state tournament being played at the Rose Garden.


The New World Order that might have emerged with a Roseburg win over Jesuit lasted two possessions, after which the Crusaders ran away to prepare for their semifinal game Friday.

After Ryan Benson hit a 3-point jump shot for Jesuit on the game's first possession, Roseburg tied the game on a 3-pointer by Tim Weber. The Indians had a chance to tie the game at 5-all with a pair of free throws, but Weber made just one of two and the Crusaders reeled off a 12-2 run from there and were never challenged.

Jesuit (24-2), looking for its third-straight state title, will play Central Catholic Friday in the semifinals.

Roseburg (19-7) dropped into the consolation bracket and will play Lincoln Thursday morning.

Jack Grodahl hit 5-of-8 3-point shots and led Jesuit with 18 points, while Kentucky-bound Kyle Wiltjer had 13 points and 8 rebounds.

The Crusaders made 24 of 37 shots from the field, including 10-of-18 3-point attempts, and finished with a 36-20 edge in rebounds.

Weber led Roseburg with 9 points.


Central Catholic got 16 points and 15 rebounds from Brennan Scarlett and powered through a cold start and into the semifinals against their inner-city rivals.

Lincoln led 19-11 after the opening eight minutes, but the Rams dominated the game from there with balanced scoring and rebounding of the Cardinals poor shooting. Lincoln made just 3 of 18 3-point attempts. David Carr, Kidus Ephram and Will Bond also scored in double figures for Central Catholic.

JT Flowers led Lincoln with 15 points.

The Rams improved to 24-3, while Lincoln dropped to 20-8.



North Medford got 19 points from Derek Mautz and 10 points and 19 rebounds from Jordan Browne-Moore and ended West Linn's underdog run.

The Lions, the lowest playoff seed - No. 6 - still playing, trailed by 12 entering the fourth quarter, but cut the deficit to 46-40 with 4:53 left. They got a steal on the ensuing possession and fired up a 3-pointer, but it missed and the the Black Tornado scored on its next two possessions and West Linn did not have another shot to cut the lead to less than six.

Mario Shonkwiler led West Linn with 18 points.

The teams combined to hit just 8 of 37 3-point attempts.

North Medford will play Westview in the semifinals Friday, while West Linn plays South Medford in the consolation bracket Thursday morning.



In the best game of the day, Austin Kuemper and the Wildcats edged the Panthers with clutch shooting, especially at the free-throw line.

Kuemper, headed to the University of Oregon, scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Westview, which also got 15 points from Miles Gatewood and 11 points from Dyrall Goods.

Goods hit a 3-point shot with 1:34 left to push Westview ahead 52-50, and Gatewood made two free throws with 6 seconds left for a 54-51 lead. South Medford missed a 3-point shot with 1 second left.

Josh Havird led South Medford with 17 points.




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