Thursday marks the start of the Les Schwab Invitational!
The Les Schwab Invitational is considered one of the most prestigious holiday high school basketball tournaments in the nation. This year will mark the 24th anniversary for the tournament, and it once again will feature the type of likely future college and NBA stars the LSI has been accustomed to showcasing for more than two decades.
This year’s tournament -- with three nationally ranked teams along with some of the best teams in Oregon -- will take place Dec. 26-30 at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.
Game 1 (9am): Central Catholic vs. Grant
Game 1 Complete👀— Les Schwab Invitational (@LSInvitational) December 26, 2019
Central Catholic - 78
Grant - 34 pic.twitter.com/tUVDXXmMHQ
Game 2 (10:30am): Jefferson vs. Battle Ground
Game 2 Halftime Score— Les Schwab Invitational (@LSInvitational) December 26, 2019
Battle Ground: 22
Game 2 Final— Les Schwab Invitational (@LSInvitational) December 26, 2019
Battle Ground: 54 pic.twitter.com/4hq5F62a6q
Gonzaga commit Kaden Perry struggled against a formidable Jefferson frountcourt with a pair of 6-foot-7 forwards to contain him in the paint. Perry had some nice finishes but the athleticism advantage for Jefferson let them wreck havoc in the open court. Once Perry fouled out in the third quarter, Jefferson cruised to a victory.
Game 3 (12pm): Barlow vs. Churchill
Game 3 Halftime Score— Les Schwab Invitational (@LSInvitational) December 26, 2019
A low scoring half has Barlow with a narrow halftime advantage. Barlow shot 30% from the field while Churchill shot 29%, including 0-9 from three.
Barlow senior Jesse White completed his team's comeback to tie the game at 52 all with this fadeaway.
But Silas Bennion got the last word.
Game 3 did not disappoint 🔥— Les Schwab Invitational (@LSInvitational) December 26, 2019
Churchill - 55
Barlow - 52 pic.twitter.com/L5laQp4neT
Game 4 (1:30pm): Clackamas vs. Crater
Don’t sleep on the Comets💯— Les Schwab Invitational (@LSInvitational) December 26, 2019
Clackamas: 54 pic.twitter.com/zfCvVzTIOX
After having only a four point halftime advantage, Crater blew out Clackamas in the second half to win 71-54. Cavaliers 6-foot-8 forward, and Ducks/Beavers target, Ben Gregg showed off his outside shooting, but it was Crater center Nathan Bittle that stole the show. The 6-foot-10 junior hit from all over the floor and protected the rim on the defensive end to be clearly the most impactful player on the floor.
Game 5 (4pm): West Linn vs. Norcross
Game 5 Halftime Score— Les Schwab Invitational (@LSInvitational) December 27, 2019
West Linn: 25
West Linn is getting to test themselves against the 25th ranked team in the nation according to Max Preps, and held their own only trailing 30-25 at halftime. Norcross made a half-court buzzer beater to get their lead to five. Freshman guard Jackson Shelstad led the way for the West Linn Lions gunning from beyond the arc and commanding control of the offense.
Despite a valiant effort, West Linn falls 62-58 to Norcross #LSI2019— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) December 27, 2019
It wasn't easy, but Norcross escaped the first round with a 62-58 victory over the West Linn Lions. Shelstad hit numerous off-the-dribble threes to get the Lions within striking distance late, but they couldn't get over the hump.
Norcross narrowly escaped West Linn— Les Schwab Invitational (@LSInvitational) December 27, 2019
West Linn: 58 pic.twitter.com/ibgyzG1Xy1
Game 6 (5:30pm): Eastside Catholic vs. Wilsonville
Game 6 Halftime Score— Les Schwab Invitational (@LSInvitational) December 27, 2019
Eastside Catholic: 31
Wilsonville trailed by just two after one quarter of play, but then their 6-foot-6 star Dakota Reber came up with a lower body injury after completing an alley-oop. However, Wilsonville was able to hang around with the No. 22 team in the country according to Maxpreps.
Eastside Catholic took advantage of Reber's absence to take a commanding 20 point lead. Thankfully Reber came back into the game and helped the Wildcats get within seven points with two minutes remaining, but then Eastside Catholic went on a mini-run of their own to win 78-69.
Game 7 (7pm): Mater Dei vs. Jesuit
After trailing 16-7 at the end of the first quarter, Jesuit came back to take a one point lead (26-25) at halftime over Mater Dei and five-star Kentucky commit Devin Askew. Jesuit's Liam Ruttledge hit two consecutive three pointers to end the half to take the lead for the Crusaders.
Coming out of halftime, Mater Dei showed why they're among the best teams in the country. They won the third quarter 26-9 to take a 51-35 lead into the fourth. They would cruise to a 77-52 win.
Game 8 (8:30pm): Lake Oswego vs. Bishop Gorman
Game 8 Halftime Score👀 Potential Upset Alert— Les Schwab Invitational (@LSInvitational) December 27, 2019
Lake Oswego: 33
Bishop Gorman: 26
What a game 🔥Bishop Gorman hangs on late to advance 💯— Les Schwab Invitational (@LSInvitational) December 27, 2019
Bishop Gorman: 63
Lake Oswego: 52 pic.twitter.com/5NT7WicX6l
Game 9 (9:00am): Jesuit vs. Grant
Day 2 Game 1 Halftime Score— Les Schwab Invitational (@LSInvitational) December 27, 2019
Day 2 Game 1 Results— Les Schwab Invitational (@LSInvitational) December 27, 2019
Game 10 (10:30am): West Linn vs. Barlow
Barlow got off to a hot start leading 23-14 after a floater from Jesse White connected at the first quarter buzzer, but West Linn outscored the Bruins 19-5 in the second quarter to take a 33-28 lead into halftime. Starting Lions center Joe Juhala dove into the media row while saving a loose ball and has his left arm in a sling while icing his shoulder. He appears to be out for the game.
In the second half, Barlow hung around but was never able to get over the hump in a 61-59 loss to the West Linn Lions. Barlow rebounded a missed free throw with nine seconds left, down just two, but had to throw up a desperation fade away three pointer as time expired that air-balled after an ugly offensive possession to end the game.
Game 11 (12:00pm): Battle Ground vs Clackamas
In a matchup of 2021 forward prospects, Kaden Perry (Gonzaga commit) of Battle Ground has gotten the best of Ben Gregg and Clackamas in the first half. They lead the Cavaliers 35-27 despite impressive play from both NCAA bound players.
The second half belonged to Clackamas who won the game 63-59 behind stellar play from Gregg. The Cavaliers also utilized defensive pressure which allowed them to get out in transition for easy buckets.
Game 12 (1:30pm): Wilsonville vs. Lake Oswego
Game 13 (4:00pm): Churchill vs. Narcross
Game 14 (5:30pm): Jefferson vs. Crater
Game 15 (7:00pm): Mater Dei vs. Central Catholic
Game 16 (8:30pm): Eastside Catholic vs Bishop Gorman
For more information about the tournament, you can visit their website.