The Oregon 6A state basketball tournament is here! The eight remaining boys teams are fighting to hoist the championship trophy on Saturday, but first they have to get through the quarterfinals.
Let's take a look at what unfolded on Wednesday...
No. 1 Lake Oswego (22-4) delivers masterful defensive performance over No. 8 Oregon City (19-7)
The Lake Oswego boys basketball team came into Wednesday’s 6A quarterfinals looking like a team that knows how to win.
Coming off seven-straight victories heading into the OSAA/ OnPoint Community Credit Union 6A tournament, Lake Oswego made one thing clear: they have what it takes to go deep in this tournament.
In the first half, the Lakers came out swinging, holding the Pioneers to just 11 percent shooting. They outscored Oregon City 35-7 at halftime, led by senior Josh Angle and sophomore Wayne McKinney.
Oregon City rallied back in the second half, nearly doubling its first-half scoring in the third quarter alone. But the hole the Pioneers had dug was far too deep to escape and Lake Oswego advanced to the semifinals with a 69-30 win.
Angle finished with 18 points on 8-14 shooting for the Lakers, while Wayne McKinney and Fred Harding added 10 points and 14 points, respectively, for the Lakers.
No. 4 Jesuit (20-6) gets the best of No. 5 Central Catholic (21-5) in the Holy War
Senior Will Sheaffer led the way for the No. 4 Jesuit as the Crusaders took down rivals No. 5 Central Catholic in what Sheaffer would call a “Holy War” matchup.
It was a tale of two halves. Both teams exchanged baskets in the opening quarters, but it was Central Catholic who came away with the 24-23 edge before halftime.
That all changed in the second half, as the Crusaders outscored the Rams 21-6 in the third quarter. Jesuit added another 21 points to their box score in the final quarter to blowout rivals Central Catholic, 64-38.
Three Crusaders players finished in double figures. Scheaffer led Jesuit in scoring with 22 points on 8-10 shooting, while Justin Bieker and Aiden Williams combined for 25 points on the night.
Up next, Jesuit will play Lake Oswego in the semifinals on Friday.
No. 3 Jefferson (22-5) gets its revenge game on No. 6 Grant (21-6)
No. 6 Grant and No. 3 Jefferson have been here before. One year earlier, Grant shocked its PIL rivals by one point in the state championship to take home the 6A trophy. But Jefferson senior guard Marcus Tsohonis wouldn’t let that happen again this year.
Tsohonis, who missed last year’s tournament due to a broken finger, made his presence known in front of a jam-packed Chiles Center on Wednesday. He dropped 22 points on 9-14 shooting to help the Democrats advance to the semifinals on Friday.
The Washington commit didn’t do it alone though. He had some assistance from sophomore forward Nate Rawlins-Kibonge, who recorded a double-double 18 points and 19 rebounds for the Democrats.
Jefferson outscored Grant 64-42 in the first three quarters before the Generals came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 26 points, the most of either team in a single quarter.
Grant was unable to erase its early game deficit and handed Jefferson exactly what they’d hoped for on Wednesday night: revenge. Jefferson has a date with South Salem in the semifinals on Friday.
No. 2 South Salem (22-4) rides second-quarter surge to victory over No. 7 Tigard (17-9)
The game we’ve all been waiting finally happened...we just had to wait eight hours to finally get it. No. 7 Tigard took on No. 2 South Salem in the final matchup of Wednesday's quarterfinals.
Tigard led by as many as six points early in the first quarter, but South Salem was destined to regain the lead before halftime. The Saxons tied it up at 21-21 all with two minutes remaining in the second quarter and increased their lead to 7 before both teams headed to their locker rooms at the half. Tigard only managed five points in the second quarter.
South Salem's success continued in the second half. The Saxons went 17-of-21 from the free throw line with 14 of those points coming in the final two quarters, while the Tigers only made two free throws the entire game. Senior Jaden Nielsen-Skinner and junior Trey Galbraith could not be stopped by Tigard. The two guards combined for 37 points on 10-22 shooting to put South Salem one step closer to it's ultimate goal: the Saxons first championship since 2004.
South Salem has a tough test awaiting as it faces Jefferson on Saturday in the semifinals.
Stay tuned to NBCS Northwest as we continue our coverage of the 6A Boys Basketball Tournament on Friday.