North Medford

Jesuit returns to state final to face Lakers

Crusaders' defense sparks 47-31 win, Lake Oswego beats rival West Linn
March 9, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

Top-ranked Jesuit played its way into the Class 6A boys basketball state final for the fourth straight year with a 47-31 win over North Medford Friday at the Rose Garden.

There, they'll face Lake Oswego, which will play in the final for the first time since the Kevin Love era ended in 2007.

Lake Oswego, which won the state football title in fall, beat Three Rivers League rival West Linn in its semifinal.

Saturday's final is a rematch of the 2005 final that featured Love as a sophomore. Jesuit won.

In its semifinal, Jesuit The Crusaders forced 22 turnovers and held the Black Tornado to just 11 points in the first half on the way to the win.

Khyan Rayner scored 22 points for Jesuit, which has won the title the past three seasons.

North Medford will play for third place Saturday for the second straight year in a rematch of a quarterfinal game from last season, when it beat the Lions.

Lake Oswego scored the first seven points of its game and led much of the game by double digits behind a stellar performance from junior forward Calvin Hermanson, who scored 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field. He made all four of this three-point attempts.


CLASS 5A - Corvallis, Milwaukie return

Corvallis broke free of a tight game in the fourth quarter, outscoring Benson 32-18 for a 59-45 win in a finals rematch from last season.

The Spartans, who beat Benson in double overtime last year, made 32 of 42 free-throw attempts in the game, including all eight from forward Nolan Hansen.

Corvallis will play Milwaukie, which played into its first final in nearly 60 years with a 59-41 upset of Wilsonville, in the final at Matthew Knight Arena.

The Mustangs, who won the state title in 1954, got 23 points and nine rebounds from forward Keynan Middleton and made an incredible 60 percent of its shots - 24 of 39 - from the field. The hot shooting overcame a 17-3 edge in offensive rebounds for Wilsonville, which managed to shoot only 30 percent - 17 of 56 - from the floor.


CLASS 4A - Phoenix, Central meet again

Defending champion Phoenix and Central, which won the title two years ago, will face off in the championship game Saturday at Gill Coliseum.

Phoenix beat Sisters 74-55, while Central beat Seaside 40-26.





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