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Cascade Blocks Philomath In OWL Opener

| January 20,2015

Zavdovskyy Swats 7 Away On Way to 55-52 Upset   Philomath hadn't been beaten by anybody in state so far this season, but Cascade blocked them from the early lead in the Oregon West League race Tuesday night. Literally.   Specifically, Stephan Zavdovskyy, Cascade's 6'6" center did, blocking 3 shots in the first 3...

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Looking Back At The Les Schwab Invitational, And Ahead At The Best Teams In The State

Allan Classen | January 3,2015

With the Les Schwab Invitational and other holiday tournaments out of the way, we can now take a serious look at the top boys basketball teams in Oregon.   Never mind the 5-4 record, the West Linn Lions are still the team to beat. All four losses have been to formidable out-of-state...

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Central Catholic Takes Tigard Apart

| December 6,2014

Rams Romp To Back To Back Titles   Hillsboro - Central Catholic cruised to their second consecutive state championship for the second time (the Rams did it in 1952 & '53 as well), and in as dominant a fashion as any of the power house programs ever have, blowing Tigard off the...

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Cascade Blocks Philomath In OWL Opener

Zavdovskyy Swats 7 Away On Way to 55-52 Upset


Philomath hadn't been beaten by anybody in state so far this season, but Cascade blocked them from the early lead in the Oregon West League race Tuesday night. Literally.


Specifically, Stephan Zavdovskyy, Cascade's 6'6" center did, blocking 3 shots in the first 3 minutes of the game, sending a message that the path to the rim would be perilous all night, which forced Philomath to have to make some jump shots, and negated what was otherwise a sizable size advantage at other positions.


 Kobey Bennett was the only Warrior not phased by it, and had 6 points in the first quarter to keep Philomath close, as Cascade opened a 16-12 lead after one period, and 6 more in the second, but the Cougars would pull away to a 30-23 lead at the break behind more balanced scoring, led by Zavdovskyy and Corey Roos, both with 8. Zavdovskyy's block total was up to 5 by the break as well.


"It totally changes what teams can do," Cascade Coach Steve Ball said of Zavdovskyy's shot blocking ability.


Looking Back At The Les Schwab Invitational, And Ahead At The Best Teams In The State

With the Les Schwab Invitational and other holiday tournaments out of the way, we can now take a serious look at the top boys basketball teams in Oregon.


Never mind the 5-4 record, the West Linn Lions are still the team to beat. All four losses have been to formidable out-of-state programs, and reaching the LSI finals put them a notch above their Oregon competition.


A year ago at this point, the Lions were also 5-4, with three losses in big time tournaments plus a home court loss to Jefferson. No one came within eight points of themthe rest of the season, and they cruised through the state tournament.


So they may be perfectly on track, and this year, they beat Jefferson.Are they as good as last year? Perhaps not quite. They graduated their third- through seventh-leading scorers, and their replacements aren’t quite to the same level yet.


42nd OACA Basketball All-Star Series This Weekend

The 42nd Annual OACA All Star Series, for 2014 senior boys from 2A-3A-4A-5A-6A Oregon high schools, will be held this Friday, June 13th and Saturday, June 14th.


Friday’s games will be contested at Northwest Christian University, in the Morse Events Center in Eugene, while Saturday’s games will be hosted by Sprague High School in Salem.


The format for the Series consists of a Regional Tournament for the 2A-3A-4A schools and the historical State vs. Metro match up for the 5A-6A schools.


The Regional tournament divides the 2A-3A-4A schools into geographical squads (North-South-East-West) based upon league affiliation. Friday evening the East squad will take on the South team @ 5:00, followed by the North vs. West game @ 6:30. On Saturday the losing teams from Friday will play @ 4:00 in the 3rd place game, while the Friday winners play for the Regional Championship @ 5:30. Immediately after the Championship game the Regional All-Tournament team will be announced.


The State vs. Metro format follows a 42 year tradition when the State team hosts the Metro Friday @ 8:30 am. Saturday the two teams again take the court for state bragging rights @ 7:15. After the Saturday game the “Star of Stars” (MVP) awards will announced.


Lions Deliver From Outside

West Linn cruised to the 6A boys championship with three straight wins by double-figure margins. There was never much doubt that they were going to repeat as state champs.


They had four starters back from the 2013 team, a foursome that brought a total of seven seasons prior experience as starters. Three of those players cracked the starting five as freshmen.


Coach Eric Viuhkola liked to say they weren't particularly athletic, and their size was ordinary. In the waysthat mattered most, however, the Lions had it all: talent, intelligence and teamwork.


Payton Pritchard, who I considered the MVP of the 2013 tournament, proved this month he's the most valuable player the state. Viuhkola considered him so indispensible that gave him only one minute of rest the tournament.


Oregon prep basketball players on NCAA tournament rosters


Grant’s Moser and Newberg’s Braun ready for swan song in NCAA tourney


IMG 0316 edited-1Seven former Oregon prep boys basketball players are currently on rosters of teams that qualified for the upcoming NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Two seniors, Oregon’s Mike Moser and North Dakota State’s Taylor Braun, are poised to play a big part in their team’s success. Moser played like a man possessed the final few weeks of the season, earning consecutive Pac-12 player of the week honors in the process. Braun is the reigning Summit League Player of the Year, who is having a career year statistically for the Bison. The other Oregon preps in the tournament are either redshirting or as freshman do not receive much playing time.


The following is a summary of the seven players from Oregon high schools that will be playing in the 2014 NCAA tournament.


Oregon - 7 seed playing BYU in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Mike Moser, 6’8, 210, RS-Sr., (transfer from UNLV/ UCLA) - Grant HS – Moser finished his Oregon career in style, becoming the first Duck ever to earn consecutive Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. In the Ducks final four league games, all wins, Moser averaged 16 points and 15 rebounds per game.

2013-14 Highlights: Moser had an outstanding debut for the Ducks in a nationally televised season opening 82-75 win over Georgetown. Moser filled the stat sheet with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals, 3 assists and a blocked shot in 32 minutes. Moser added 26 points and 5 rebounds in the Ducks 107-83 win over Western Carolina, making 9 of 14 field goals and 3 of 5 3-pointers.

Moser played sparingly in 15 games as a freshman for the Bruins in 2009 before deciding to transfer to UNLV. After sitting out one season due to transfer rules, Moser stepped up his game and become a major factor for the Runnin' Rebels as a sophomore, averaging 14.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block per game. Moser was an efficient offensive player, shooting 47% on field goals, 33% on 3-pointers and 77% on free throws. 2011-12 Highlights: Moser's breakout performance came during UNLV's 90-80 upset of then No. 1 ranked North Carolina on 11/26/11.  Moser lit up the Tar Heels for 34 points and 10 rebounds, showing tremendous range by drilling 6 of 9 3-pointers. 1/28/12 – Moser scored 27 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in a 65-63 win at Air Force. 2012-13 Highlights: Moser averaged 7.2 points and 6 rebounds in 21.7 minutes per game3-2-13: Moser scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while making 4 of 6 3-pointers in 80-63 win at Nevada.


Philomath Jumps On La Salle Early, Holds On For 4A State Title

Warriors Back Up Early Blitz By De Saulnier With Team Defense


philomath03Ben DeSaulnier showed why he's the best athlete in the state at the 4A level, and one of the best at any level, with a performance that led Philomath to as much as a 15 point lead in the first half, a lead that the Warrior team defense would make stand up for the 48-39 win over La Salle that claimed their first 4A State Championship in 12 years.



La Salle lost track of De Saulnier on the weak side a couple of times in the first quarter, and it resulted in a wide open 3 pointer, and a perfectly executed lob pass, left, from Trey Ecker, and a 13-8 Philomath lead at the end of the period, with De Saulnier already having posted 9 points.


"They weren't paying attention to the backside, and we saw that," De Saulnier explained. "But we have used that play all season, though."


There was no such problem keeping track of De Saulnier in the second quarter though; he was the guy scoring from all over, pouring in 14 more, as the Warriors went up 29-14, and took a a 14 point lead to the locker room.


"I saw a lot of opportunities, and just went with it," De Saulnier said.


"Ben did a fantastic job, and just took over the first half," Philomath coach Blake Ecker added.


The towering combination of La Salle's 6'7" Keeston Smith and 6'6" Reece Wible caused some problems inside for Philomath, with 3 early blocked shots, but the Warriors were able to force 13 first half turnovers, key to their opportunities to take control.





Sunset finishes strong

Sunset took the title in the always-tough Metro League and finished fourth in the 6A boys tournament, beating South Medford 50-44 in the consolation game. Not a bad season for the Apollos.


The team was built around 6-8 center Tyler Gutierrez, a first-team all-Metro pick for the second year. He had plenty of help from 6-4 guard Taylor Harris, also an all-Metro selection, and 6-4 forward Jeff Bieber, a second team all-league honoree.


But what pushed the Apollos to the elite level was a deep cast of gritty non-stars who played hard, filled their roles and came through in the clutch. Mike Fey, his thick hair tied in a ball behind his head, was particularly tough in the tournament, distributing the ball and scoring in the key when defenses crowded around Gutierrez. Actually Metro coaches recognized his contributions by voting him to the third all-league team, but he’s more of a gamer than a college prospect.


Quiet starter Micheal Kerns, outside shooters Willie Pflug and Glenn Tanguy, muscular Charles Wenzel, big Josh Brown, little Zach Niebergall and Bobby Rake—all seniors except Pflug and Niebergall—completed a versatile team that could run or thrive in half court.


Gutierrez may be the best big man in the state. He can drive from the perimeter and finish with uncanny reverse layins. He has a nice shot with three-point range. But against double-teams or when surrounded by Lilliputians, he can struggle. He had only two points in the consolation championship game, seeming at the end to be more frustrated at his own bad luck than satisfied with the win.


Bieber is a graceful, athletic player who excelled on the big stage—at the Les Schwab Invitational and state tournament. He can shoot, use either hand and get high percentage shots inside. He draws lots of fouls. Not bad for a team’s third option.


West Linn defeats Sheldon 67-56 for 2nd straight title

Payton Pritchard and Anthony Mathis both score 21 points in Lions victory


West Linn vs Sheldon 6A boys title game 001

 (Portland) – A slow start couldn’t stop West Linn (25-4) from repeating as 6A boys state basketball champions on Saturday night at the Moda Center, as the Lions roared past Sheldon (22-7) to win their 20th straight game, 67-56. West Linn had five different players hit 3-pointers in the opening half as they pushed to a 31-24 lead that they would not relinquish.




Dynamic 5’11 sophomore Payton Pritchard had one of his best games on the biggest stage, scoring 21 points, dishing out 10 assists and grabbing 7 rebounds while playing all 32 minutes. Backcourt mate Anthony Mathis had another strong game for the Lions, making 3 of 4 3-pointers on his way to 21 points.




The Lions completed a perfect season against Oregon 6A opponents, with their only loss to an Oregon team coming early in the season to 5A champion Jefferson. With both Pritchard and Mathis coming back, the Lions will be favored for a third straight title next season. They were both named unanimous First-Team All-Tournament.


West Linn vs Sheldon 6A boys title game PP 

West Linn sophomore point guard Payton Pritchard had another great performance for the Lions with 21 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds as West Linn defeated Sheldon, 67-56, for its second consecutive 6A boys basketball championship. 


Tillamook Pulls Away From La Grande

'Mooks Use Big 4th Quarter To Claim 3rd


till-01Tillamook came from behind and pulled away in the 4th quarter, outscoring La Grande 18-5 in the 4th quarter to claim a 52-42 win, and 3rd place in the OSAA 4A Tournament in Corvallis Saturday.



Tillamook took the first lead, on a 3 pointer, but La Grande answered with a 7-0 run, only to see the 'Mooks make a 6-0 run of their own, and it was 11-10 Tilly midway in the first quarter.


In an indication of things to come it was back and forth the rest of the quarter, with La Grande  holding the 14-13 edge heading to the second period.


It was mostly Joey Hancock, who had 8 early for Tillamook, while La Grande had 6 players with a single basket apiece.


The Tigers controlled most of the second quarter, gradually building a 7 point 22-15 lead with 2 1/2 minutes left before halftime. The 'Mooks made a 4-0 run, but Brandon Dall knocked down 4 free throws, and the Tigers executed a perfect inbounds lob pass to Trent Meyer with 6 seconds left to take a 26-21 lead to the locker room.









First 6A teams Eliminated Had Higher Hopes

Two teams that went into the 6A tournament with a claim to be the second best team instead were the two teams eliminated in two straight games.


Central Catholic was the lowest-ranked team in the tournament (12th according to the OSAA system), but the Rams weren’t themselves until their dynamic little guard, Deante Strickland, joined the team in mid-year after regaining academic eligibility. That changed everything, triggering a 13-game winning streak capped by a decisive win over eighth-ranked Tigard in the final playoff game.


The stretch drive gained them a slot in the tournament, though it was the toughest one—against everybody’s favorite: West Linn. I thought going in that the Rams had the best shot of upsetting West Linn, and they gave it a good shot before falling 74-63. They had nothing left in the tank for their consolation game against South Medford the next morning, losing 71-60.