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LSI Semifinals: Jesuit to Battle Oak Hill Academy for Title


IMG_6301_copyHILLSBORO – In the most exciting game of the night at the 16th-annual Les Schwab Invitational at Liberty High School, #1 Jesuit (8-0) held off #3 Central Catholic (6-2), 52-50, to earn a finals matchup against Oak Hill Academy (24-0), which coasted to an 80-43 win over #2 Westview (6-2) in the last game of the evening.  Oak Hill Academy - from Mouth of Wilson, Virginia – is seeking its fifth title in its sixth ever visit while improving to 22-1 overall in the LSI.  Jesuit, three-time defending state 6A champion, is seeking a second LSI title after winning in 2003.  The final is set to air on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m. Friday.  Central Catholic will play Westview at 1:30 p.m. in the 3rd-place game, also airing on ESPNU.


Thursday Results

Morning Session

Southridge 87, North Salem 52

Wilsonville 49, David Douglas 47

Benson 54, Dayton 52

Corvallis 65, Jefferson 49

Evening Session

Lake Oswego 68, Riverside Academy (New Orleans) 61

Yates (Houston) 74, Lincoln 56

Jesuit 52, Central Catholic 50

Oak Hill Academy 80, Westview 43




Crusaders hold off Central Catholic, 52-50

For the second straight night, top-ranked Jesuit played another 6A team from Oregon down to the wire before pulling out a 52-50 victory.   After surviving a late three-point miss by Lake Oswego last night to win 52-50, the Crusaders saw Central Catholic miss two chances to tie late and held on again to win by the exact same score in the first semi-final of the night. 

Both teams came out playing tough man-to-man defense and patient, methodical offense – feeling each other out a bit.  Central Catholic jumped to an 8-3 lead after four minutes as its defense didn’t allow any good looks at the basket and zero second chance opportunities for Jesuit.  The Crusaders returned the favor by shutting the Rams out for the next three-minutes, while getting four easy baskets right near the rim, three by 6’7 junior Max Rich.  The Rams closed the quarter with two driving layups by 6’6 junior Austin Dyer and 5’11 junior Mitch Franz to take a 12-11 lead.

The Crusaders started hot in the 2nd quarter with four hoops in the first two-minutes, while holding Central Catholic to one field goal for the first seven minutes.  6’2 junior Sean Milligan had 7 points and 5’10 junior Khyan Rayner added a pull-up jumper and driving layup during a 15-2 run that pushed Jesuit to a 26-14 lead.  Over an 11-minute stretch at the end of the first quarter and most of the second quarter, Jesuit outscored Central Catholic, 23-6, on the strength of nine layups.

It looked like Jesuit had taken control and was going to pull away, but the Rams had other ideas and came out of halftime with a renewed defensive intensity and increased offensive execution to get right back into the game.  Dyer got two baskets and a nice assist and 5’11 senior Lucas Hunter hit a pull-up jumper and three-pointer as Central Catholic evened the score, 31-31, with three-minutes left in the third quarter.  6’3 senior Danny Brakebush drilled a three-pointer with :08 seconds left to give the Rams a 34-33 lead, its first since the end of the first quarter.

Rayner drained a three-pointer from the right wing less than 30-seconds into the final quarter and Jesuit did not trail again.   The Rams cut the deficit to one-point multiple times, but couldn’t get over the hump.  6’1 senior Rick Maddock hit his second three-pointer and the Crusaders fourth of the final quarter to push Jesuit ahead 49-43 with 2:34 remaining.  Dyer and 6’6 senior Reid Callan made layups for Central Catholic and Jesuit missed 3 of 6 free throws in the final minute to make for an exciting finish.   Maddock drew a charge and got a big blocked shot before Jesuit turned it back over and Brakebush nailed his third trey of the game with :21 seconds left, pulling the Rams within 51-50.  Rayner then hit 1 of 2 free throws for the final margin as Hunter missed a runner just before the buzzer.

Central Catholic outrebounded Jesuit (34-28), shot a better percentage from the field (42-39) and the free-throw line (70-40), and had almost twice as many assists (13-7), but could not overcome 17 turnovers and the fact that Jesuit’s bench outscored Central Catholic’s, 24-2.

Maddock, Milligan, and Rich all finished with 9 points for Jesuit.  Rayner added 8 as the Crusaders had 10 players score.  Brakebush led the Rams with 13 points.  Callan added 10 points and 9 rebounds.  Dyer had 10 points and Hunter finished with 6 points, 4 rebounds, and a game-high 7 assists.

























(L) Ram's Danny Brakebush drives through traffic; (R) Jesuit's Collin Spickerman's baseline floater

Photos by Bruce McCain

Complete game album at 2011 LSI Jesuit vs CC 





Oak Hill Struts Its Stuff With 80-43 Victory Over Westview

When Oak Hill Academy shows up to the LSI you can be sure of three things; they are always loaded with talent, the fans love to come out and watch them play, and they are very successful.  This years Warriors, ranked #3 nationally by ESPN, are no different; featuring nine Division I prospects, the return of former Horizon Christian star 6’5 senior Jordan Tebbutt, and a 24-0 record after handling a solid Westview squad, 80-43.  Oak Hill dominated all phases of the game, jumping out to a 9-0 lead after two-minutes and 18-5 after six-minutes.  

Oak Hill worked its offense to perfection in the early going, as Georgetown-bound 6'3 senior D'Vantes Smith Rivera drilled a three-pointer, got a steal and layup, and hit a short jumper on  a pass from Tebbutt as the Warriors jumped to an 11-1 lead after three-minutes.  N.C. State-bound 5'11 senior Tyler Lewis then got his game rolling with a runner in the lane and a three-pointer on the left wing as Oak Hill extended to an 18-5 lead.  6'1 senior Bonhan Stafford hit two three-pointers in the final 68-seconds to pull the Wildcats within 20-11 at the quarter break.

Lewis, 160 pounds when dripping wet and looks like he should  be the towel boy, ran the show for the Warriors and at one point assisted on 4 of 5 baskets in the second quarter.  He plays like Steve Nash, breaking down the defense, creating the angles and then making the perfect pass for easy baskets.  Westview was able to keep it reasonably close for the rest of the half, trailing just 37-23 at the break.  Westview's leading scorer, Kansas-bound 6'9 senior Landen Lucas, was frustrated by the Warriors bumping and grinding defense, but still finished the half with 9 points to lead the Wildcats.

Smith-Rivera got going again in the third quarter with six straight points for Oak Hill and when Tebbutt hit a three-pointer from the left wing for his first points the lead was 53-35.  The Warriors superior depth started to show as they wore down the Wildcats and dominated the final stanza, 25-8, to pull away for a 80-43 victory.

Lewis finished with 9 points and 8 assists as Oak Hill shot 61% from the field (31/51), 47% on 3-pointers (7/15) and 85% on free throws (11/13).  The Warriors held a 32-21 rebounding edge and held Westview to 33% field-goal shooting (16/48).  Smith-Rivera led four players in double figures with 18 points on 7/10 shooting.  6’5 junior R.J. Currington added 15, UCLA bound 6’5 senior Jordan Adams had 11, and Memphis-bound 6’5 senior Damien Wilson had 10.  Purdue-bound 7’0 senior A.J. Hammons added 7 points and a game-high 9 rebounds and played very tough and physical defense on Lucas.  Tebbutt made 2 of 4 three-pointers and added 3 assists in 15 minutes.

Lucas finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 turnovers.  Stafford hit four three-pointers for the Wildcats, adding 12 points.

























(L) Westview's 6'9" Landon Lucas meets Oak Hill Academy's 7'0" A.J. Hammons; (R) Wildcat's Cole Gatewood's baseline dunk.

Photos by Bruce McCain

Complete game album at 2011 LSI Oak Hill vs Westview 



Hermanson Leads Lakers Past Riverside Academy, 68-61



6’6 junior Calvin Hermanson torched Riverside Academy (New Orleans, LA) for 19 points in the first 10-minutes of the game as Lake Oswego (6-1) built a 17-point second-quarter lead - only to see it all evaporate as the Lakers trailed 61-60 with 57-seconds left – before scoring the final eight points to pull out the 68-61 win.  Hermanson scored just eight second half points, but had two straight assists 17-seconds apart in the final minute to put the Lakers back ahead and sealed it with two free throws with 15-seconds remaining.  Hermanson, a lanky playmaking lefty with a solid inside/outside game, finished with 30 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds while making 4 of 8 three-pointers.

Riverside Academy (12-4) started the game with most of it’s seniors on the bench, punishment for getting run off the floor by Central Catholic in the first quarter last night maybe?  Three freshman started and two eighth graders saw action for the Rebels. (Eighth-graders can play varsity in Louisiana.)  Hermanson drilled three three-pointers in the first two-minutes and 5’11 senior Jason Luhnow added another as the Lakers jumped out to an early 12-4 lead.  6’3 freshman Jordan Andrews hit two three-pointers within 20-seconds and the Rebels were right back in the game, 12-10.  The action was fast and furious as both teams didn’t hesitate to push the ball or launch from beyond the arc.   Riverside went cold and Lake Oswego controlled the defensive glass and outscored the Rebels 10-4 the rest of the quarter for a 24-14 lead. 

Hermanson then went to work, opening the second quarter on a personal 6-0 run.  He drilled a pull-up jumper, made two free throws, then got a breakaway two-handed slam on a pass from 5’11 senior T.J. Dorado.  Riverside was forced to call timeout and insert its seniors, including 6’8”,260 pound Ricardo Gathers – who is reportedly considering Oregon.  After the timeout, Riverside tightened up its defense and started attacking the basket on offense to get easy baskets.  The Rebels held the Lakers scoreless for over three-minutes as they went on a 14-3 run before Hermanson drilled his fourth trey of the half for a 36-28 Laker lead.

6’2 senior Lucas Martin-Julien, 6’1 freshman Charvon Julien, and 6’7 senior Donald Thomas, Jr. all hit three-pointers in the opening minutes of the second half as the Rebels climbed back within 3-points, 41-38.  Lake Oswego got its lead back as five different players scored while the Rebel defense hounded Hermanson, bumping and bodying him at will.  Luhnow hit his third three-pointer as the Lakers finished the quarter on an 11-6 run to lead 52-44 going to the fourth.

Riverside kept up its defensive intensity and focused on getting the ball inside as they chipped away at the Laker lead.  The Rebels cut the deficit to 3 points on four different occasions in the quarter as Gathers got three inside baskets, finally breaking through for its first lead since early in the first quarter on a layup by 6’4 senior Zelvin Smith with 57-seconds remaining.

The Lakers regained the lead immediately on a backdoor layup by 6’3 junior Colin Caslick on a nice pass from Hermanson.  After a Rebel turnover, Hermanson found 6’4 junior Mitch Lomax behind the defense again and the Lakers pushed to a 64-61 lead with 24-seconds left.  After missed free-throws by Riverside, Hermanson got a break when he missed the front end of a one-and-one, only to be saved by a lane violation by the Rebels.  Given a second chance, Hermanson drilled the next two free-throws to seal the victory.  Hermanson finished 8 of 9 from the line.  Luhnow added 13 points and Caslick finished with 7 points and game-high 9 rebounds for the Lakers.  Lomax and 6’1 junior Cory Coombe added a combined 14 points and 8 rebounds on 6 of 7 shooting from the field.

Martin-Julien led the Rebels with 12 points.  Gathers added 10 points and 8 rebounds while Smith finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds.  Thomas, Jr. shot just 3 of 12 from the field but had a solid all-around game with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.  6’1 freshman point guard Charvon Julien added 6 points and 4 assists while not committing a turnover in 26 minutes.

























(L) Riverside Academy plays three 8th graders, including 6'9" Khalea Turner; (R) Calvin Hermanson's 30 points led Lakers

Photos by Bruce McCain

Complete game album at 2011 LSI LO vs Riverside Acad 




Yates Jumps on Lincoln Early, Rolls to 74-56 Victory

Lincoln was overmatched from the get go as defending national champion Yates used its superior length and quickness to cause havoc with a full-court pressing and trapping defense.  Yates, from Houston, Texas had starters measuring 6’5, 6’6, 6’7, 6’7 and included 5’10 junior Darrion Martin who won the dunk contest at this years LSI.  6’7 senior lefty Clyde Santee was very active on both ends for the Lions as they jumped out to a quick 11-2 lead.  6’7 sophomore Melvin Swift got free for two dunks and when 6’7 senior Chris Wells hit a three-pointer from the top of the key, Yates led 21-2 and Lincoln was forced to call its second timeout with 2:48 still left in the opening quarter.  6’5 senior J.T. Flowers, a four-year starter for the Cardinals, got Lincoln’s first field goal on a breakaway dunk after six-minutes had elapsed. 


Yates outscored Lincoln 8-2 to start the second quarter for a 31-10 lead and they were never seriously threatened again.  The Lions kept up the pressure defense and extended to a 48-21 halftime lead. 


Lincoln did not throw up the white flag and give up.  The Cardinals stiffened up on defense and kept battling on offense as Flowers and 6’1 senior Alex Sattley provided some offensive aggression.  Lincoln outscored Yates 19-6 in the quarter and pulled within 54-40 entering the fourth.


The game got a lot more physical down the stretch as the teams combined for over 20 second half fouls.  Flowers got a rebound put-back with 2:38 left to close within 12 points, 66-54, but that is as close as the Cardinals could get.  Swift got free for two more dunks that had the crowd ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing’!  On the second, he flew in on the right baseline and threw down a long, sweet alley-oop pass from Santee.  Yates finished it off, winning 74-56, while shooting 57% from the field (31/54).  The Lions held a 43-26 rebounding edge and its bench outscored the Cardinals 25-5.


Swift led the Lions with 15 points, adding a game-high 4 blocks.  6’5 sophomore J.C. Washington added 12 points and 8 rebounds.  Santee finished with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.  6’7 senior Maurice Ellis contributed 9 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in only 10 minutes.


Flowers had another good all-around game against top-notch competition, finishing with a game-high 25 points and 5 steals, adding 8 rebounds and 3 assists.  Sattley added 11 points.


























(L) Lincoln's JT Flowers scored game-high 25 points in Cards' loss; (R) Melvin Swift led Yates with 15 points.

Photos by Bruce McCain

Complete game album at 2011 LSI Yates vs Lincoln 





Southridge 87, North Salem 52


Southridge (3-5) dominated the first quarter 26-7 and pounded the paint all game in an easy win over short-handed North Salem (6-3).  The Vikings are without 6A Player of the Year candidate, 6’2 senior Avry Holmes, who is recovering from knee surgery.  The Skyhawks took advantage, outrebounding North Salem 40-23 while holding a dominant 58-16 edge in points in the paint.  Southridge shot 58% from the field (36/62) while holding the Vikings to 37% (19/52).

6’4 junior Kevin McClean and 5’10 junior Caleb Herzerb led the Skyhawks with 23 points each.  McClean made 9 of 10 field goals, including two three-pointers and added 6 rebounds in 15 minutes.  Herzberg drilled three three-pointers, shooting 9 of 14 from the field.  6’8 senior Sean McGill added 13 points and a game-high 9 rebounds.  6’0 sophomore Malik Leaks led North Salem with 17 points.  6’3 junior L.J. Westbrook had 14 points and 5’10 senior Garrett Mueller added 12.  

Wilsonville 49, David Douglas 47


Wilsonville jumped on the Scots early with a 15-6 first quarter, then held on as David Douglas chipped away each quarter.  6’2 senior Scott Martin and 6’4 junior Dylan Livesay led the Wildcats with 13 points apiece.  6’1 senior Grant McNeil added 10 and 6’0 senior Kevin Marshall chipped in 9 for Wilsonville.  6’5 senior Jeremiah Harris led the Scots with 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Benson 54, Dayton 52


Benson held Dayton to 26% 1st-half shooting before holding off a furious fourth quarter rally by the 3A Pirates to win 54-52.  6’5 senior Bryce White led the Techman with 17 points and 9 rebounds.  OSU-bound 6’10 senior Maika Ostling led Dayton with 22 points and 8 rebounds.  6’0 senior A.J. Hedgecock added 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. 

Corvallis 65, Jefferson 49

Corvallis broke open a close game with a big third-quarter surge and held Jefferson to 32% shooting (18/56) for the game in pulling away for a convincing victory, 65-49.  6’0 senior Henry Parker led the Spartans with 21 points, drilling 3 of 5 three-pointers.  6’7 senior Jake Ehlers, returning 5A Player of the Year, added 8 points and game-highs of 10 rebounds and 5 assists.  6’3 junior Victor Sanders led the Democrats with 14 points and 8 rebounds.





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