Prep hoop season closes in on big tournaments

The Les Schwab Invite and Nike Interstate Shootout are just a week away
Dec. 19, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Jesuit continued on its pace toward a fifth consecutive state title with an 88-55 win over South Salem Tuesday night, improving the team to 6-0 on the season heading into a game Firday at Silverton.

The Crusaders narrowly survived a series of three games against Class 5A schools early in the season, including an overtime win over Jefferson, but have won their past two games by 33 points each time.

They begin play in the Les Schwab Invitational Dec., 26 against Sheldon.

Lake Oswego, which lost to Jesuit in the state final last year, is also set for the LSI and will play Sunset in its opener.

In girls play, Oregon City won the Iolani Classic in Hawaii with a 49-44 victory over Dr. Phillips Academy, whch had been previously unbeaten, in the final.

The Pioneers begin play in the Interstate Shootout Dec. 27 against Southridge, which it beat 79-38 two weeks ago, in one half of the tournament, which has two 16-team brackets.

One team that is skipping out on the Interstate tournament is defending state champion South Medford, which is traveling out of state to to Maryland for an eight-team tournament. The Panthers will play in a four-team tournament in San Francisco in January as well.