Previewing the OSAA 6A Semifinals

Previewing the OSAA 6A Semifinals

This Friday at Hillsboro Stadium, the OSAA 6A Semifinals between Jesuit vs. Lake Oswego and Barlow vs. Central Catholic will kickoff.

First, at noon, No. 9 Barlow (10-2) will get a re-match with No. 4 Central Catholic (10-2). Their previous game ended with the Rams winning 53-14, the 14th victory in a row for the Rams over the Bruins. The last time Barlow made the state semifinals was in 1991, but an upset to No. 1 Tigard in the round of 16 paved the way for their surprise appearance. The Bruins have won their three playoff games by a combined 11 points.

The Rams should roll Barlow given their talent advantage. Their senior class is headlined by three-star wide receiver and future Stanford Cardinal Silas Starr. In addition, the Rams’ senior class has three other three-star recruits in Kalvin Sounders, Elijah Elliot and Miles Jackson. After winning back-to-back state championships in 2013 and 2014, Central Catholic has been up and down. They do have a championship appearance since then but also underperformed given their talent level last season. Their seniors look to end their playing careers on a high note.

Then, at 5pm, the other match-up kicks off of No. 2 Jesuit (10-2) versus No. 3 Lake Oswego (10-2), another re-match of a regular season game, but this one was a 44-41 thriller where Lake Oswego came out victorious. But, Jesuit was without their star linebacker Andy Alfieri. Jesuit recently returned arguably the state’s best player in Andy Alfieri who committed to California. He was thought to be out for the season with a cracked vertebra, but has played in the last two games. 

However, the Lakers will field Casey Filkins who also has a case to be the state’s best player. Filkins not only led the Lakers to a state championship last season but he has committed to play for Stanford. Then, this season with the Lakers’ inability to pass the ball, Filkins has amassed an even larger workloud. In their round of 16 victory over West Salem, Lake Oswego ended the game running their offense from the wildcat formation. Filkins even threw a touchdown pass.

What we learned from the OSAA 6A Boys Basketball State Quarterfinals

What we learned from the OSAA 6A Boys Basketball State Quarterfinals

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. 

Southridge avoids the upset, advances to the state championship game

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Southridge avoids the upset, advances to the state championship game

It was closer than we expected, but Southridge held on to advance to the 6A Girls state title game, beating the Grant Generals.

Grant kept it close most of the game, trailing by just one after the first quarter. However, in the second quarter the Skyhawks came out and created the cushion they needed. Southridge opened up the quarter on a 6-0 run, and held Grant to just four points.

Southridge held the 18-13 halftime lead, and despite it being a close score, those five points were just enough to win the game.  In face, if not for a last second desperation three from Grant the final score would have been a five-point win for Southridge.

It was a scare that not many saw coming, and Grant deserves a ton of credit for holding tough against the number one seed, unfortunately the Generals just didn’t have the power to take down the No.1 seed.

Final Score: Southridge: 36 – Grant 34

TOP PERFORMERS:

GRANT:

Points: Khiarica Rasheed, 11

Rebounds: Nina Radford, 9

Assists: Nina Radford, 3

SOUTHRIDGE:

Points: Maggie Freeman, 12

Rebounds: Cameron Brink, 11

Assists: Sofia Riverman, 4

 

One for the ages: Clackamas knocks off West Linn to advance to finals

One for the ages: Clackamas knocks off West Linn to advance to finals

Wow… just, wow. This was, by far, the most entertaining, competitive, and nail-biting game of the playoffs. 

Behind the hot hand of star point guard Elijah Gonzales, the Clackamas Cavaliers upset the four-time defending champion West Linn Lions to advance to the state championship game.

Clackamas came out firing right out of the gate to the take the 14-4 lead, but West Linn quickly answered with a 12-2 run of it’s own to tie the ballgame at 16. When the first quarter ended, West Linn held the 21-19 lead.

Clackamas, however, never wavered. Gonzalez and company kept attacking West Linn. Everytime West Linn threw a haymaker, Clackamas threw one right back.

Threes answered threes. Dunks answered dunks. Play after play these two teams kept us on the edge of our seat.

Then, in the most befitting end imaginable, it came down to the final plays. 

With just over a minute to go the Cavaliers led 70-68. After a few trips to the line, Clackamas held a 73-68 lead with just 45 seconds remaining. West Linn would drill a three pointer to cut the lead to just two points, but it was the last time the Lions would add points to the scoreboard. Clackamas locked down on defense, and hit key free throws to extend the lead, and pick up the win.

For the first time since 2012, when Jesuit beat Lake Oswego to win it all, West Linn will not play in the championship game. The Clackamas win also brings an end to West Linn’s quest to be the first team to ever win five straight state titles.

FINAL SCORE: Clackamas 78 – West Linn 71

Clackamas now moves on to face Jefferson in the state title game.

TOP PERFORMERS:

WEST LINN:

Points: Nolan Bertain, 17

Rebounds: Nolan Bertain and Keishon Dawkins, 8 each

Assists: Braden Olsen, 5

CLACKAMAS:

Points: Elijah Gonzales, 35

Rebounds: Matt O’Brien, 11

Assists: Matt O'Brien, 3

Clackamas' Elijah Gonzales dominates in quarterfinals matchup

Clackamas' Elijah Gonzales dominates in quarterfinals matchup

The No. 3 Clackamas Cavaliers tipped off against the No. 6 West Salem Titans in the second session of Wednesday’s 6A Boys State Championships at 6:30pm.  In this quarterfinals matchup Clackamas holds an overall record of 22-4, while West Salem is 21-5 on the season.

It was a slow start offensively for both teams, with West Salem leading the way, 4-3, midway through the first quarter.

To end the first, Clackamas shot 60% as a team.  West Salem ended the first quarter shooting 46.3% from the floor.  Clackamas took a 23-15 lead after one quarter.

The Cavaliers started the second quarter on a 9-5 run to help Clackamas take a 36-23 lead at halftime.  In the first half, Elijah Gonzales led the way for Clackamas with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

Clackamas went up 53-37 after three quarters.

The Cavaliers finished the game shooting 47.4% from the floor.  West Salem on the other hand, ended the game shooting 38.5%.

Gonzales took over in this quarterfinal matchup.  The 5-9 senior point guard scored 31 points, dished out eight assists, and pulled down eight rebounds.

Gonzales has signed his letter of intent to play college basketball at Portland State University.

Clackamas takes the quarterfinals matchup with a 68-52 win over West Salem.  The Cavaliers will face the winner of No. 2 West Linn and No. 7 North Medford matchup in the semifinals.

 

Top performers:

Clackamas

Points:
  Elijah Gonzales, 31

Rebounds:  Elijah Gonzales, 8

Assist:  Elijah Gonzales, 8

 


West Salem

Points:  Kyle Greeley, 20

Rebounds:  Jared Oliver, 7

Assist:  Josh Bailey, 5

Beaverton uses its defense to move past Westview

Beaverton uses its defense to move past Westview

What this game lacked in scoring it more than made up for in defense. Both teams came in known for their ability to lock down, and they did not disappoint. However, when it counted most the Beavers were able to break through the Westview wall. As for the Wildcats, no matter how hard they tried they couldn’t find a hole in Beaverton’s armor.

As I said, this was a low scoring game, with Beaverton holding an 11-8 lead after the first quarter, and just a 27-15 lead at the half. That 12 points lead was all the Beavers needed. With how their defense was playing, it was more than enough to keep Westview at bay.  In fact, the Beavers defense was so stifling it held Westview to just two assists as a team for the entire game.

Westview was able to find a little offense in the second half, but the Beavers matchd them at every point.

When it was all said, Beaverton held Westview to just 31.8 % (14 of 44) shooting, (14 of 44), including 13.3% (2 of 15) from deep.  To make matters worse, the Wildcats left a lot of free points on the floor, making just 12 of their 22 free throw attempts.

In what was hyped as one of the better quarterfinal matchups, the Beavers came out and dominated.

Final Score: Beaverton 55– Westview 42

Beaverton now moves on to play the Jefferson Democrats in what should be an epic battle of great defense vs. great offense.

TOP PERFORMERS:

WESTVIEW:

Points: Mason Elliott, 16

Rebounds: Mason Elliot, 6

Assists: Zac Schmerber and Said Ali, 1 each

BEAVERTON:

Points: Jake Estep, 22

Rebounds: Hunter Sweet, 11

Assists: Carson Crawford, 3

 

Jefferson turns it on late, beats Grant to move on to the semi-finals

Jefferson turns it on late, beats Grant to move on to the semi-finals

The heavily favored Jefferson Democrats took care of business Wednesday afternoon, beating the Grant Generals, 77-61.

For the fourth time this season these two league foes battled it out, and for the fourth time the Democrats came out victorious.

Grant came out strong, picking up the early lead, but by the end of the first quarter the Generals trailed by three. From there on out it was all Jefferson.

The Democrats outscored the Generals 35-28 in the first half, and held the big 56-42 lead at the start of the final quarter.

Grant would try to put a run together, but it was just too little, too late. In the end, Jefferson proved why they are the No.1 seed in the tournament and a favorite to win it all.  Their athleticism and depth was just too much for Grant to handle.

Final Score: Jefferson 77 – Grant 61

Jefferson moves on to the semi-finals and will face the winner for Westview – Beaverton.

TOP PERFORMERS:

JEFFERSON:

Points: Geno West, 17

Rebounds: Kamaka Hepa, 9

Assists: Geno West and Marcus Tsohonis, 3 each

GRANT:

Points: Aaron Deloney, 16

Rebounds: Damon Hickok, 8

Assists: Aaron Deloney, 2