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Beavers cap stellar non-league run at 12-1


Beaverton races past Centennial 59-39, drops Metro opener

BEAVERTON — The Beaverton boys basketball team knew that it was going to be better this year.

The Beavers, under first-year head coach Jeff Bennett, added to the solid varsity players that were back, infused their lineup with more shooting talent and benefitted from the winning tradition that accompanied its younger players.

But nobody expected that the Beavers might show so much improvement so quickly.

Beaverton capped its non-league schedule with a 59-39 rout of Centennial on Friday night at Beaverton High School that lifted its season record to 12-1 and gave it hopes of even more success in Metro League play.

by: MILES VANCE - SCORING - Beaverton's Martin Tannler flies to the basket during his team's 59-39 non-league victory over the Eagles at Beaverton High School on Friday night.

“I think we’re fully capable of (carrying momentum into league),” said Beaverton senior Davasyia Hagger, who led all scorers on Friday. “We’re going to be a tough team and I think some of the Metro schools should look out because they’ve been looking down on us.”

“We can make shots, so if we play defense we should win a lot of games,” added Beaverton senior Joey Losk, who added 13 points against the Eagles. “I think we can compete for that second and third spot, maybe even first of we can knock off Jesuit once.”

“We only had three returning players but the young kids have meshed really well with them, and they’re used to winning so they brought that to the older kids that haven’t been,” added Bennett, formerly an assistant coach at Beaverton.

The Beavers, unfortunately, weren’t able to carry that success into its Metro opener, dropping a 62-51 victory over Westview on Tuesday night. Hagger had 22 points in the loss, while Dyrall Goods scored 21 for the Wildcats.

Centennial, meanwhile, lost for the third straight time and fell to 5-8 overall.

In Friday’s win, the Beavers shot poorly throughout the first half — they made just 11-of-37 shots from the floor in the first two quarters — but hit the offensive boards hard and used their edge there to build a 12-point lead in the second quarter. In that first quarter, the Beavers got multiple shots on six of their 12 possessions and scored 10 points on those possessions to pull ahead 12-6. Hagger had two putbacks in that quarter while teammate Robert Alonzo knocked down a pair of three-pointers.

The Eagles got four points in that period from Somto Aniefuna to try and stay close, but saw Beaverton open the second quarter on a 6-0 run and extend its lead to 18-6. Hagger had the first four — one on an inside hoop assisted by Ty Peacock and the second on a putback of his own miss — and Hakeem Bradley added two foul shots for that 12-point lead with 4 minutes, 49 seconds to go in the first half.

Centennial answered with a pull-up jumpshot from Derek Melvin and a rebound basket by Jon Kuykendall that cut the deficit to 18-10 with 3:32 left in the period, but the Eagles’ push ended there. Martin Tannler hit a three-pointer for Beaverton, Duncan Cashmer added a steal and breakaway hoop, and Peacock another inside basket set up by Losk to give their team a 25-12 lead.

The Eagles slipped back within 28-16 at the half, but got no closer after that. Beaverton kicked off the third quarter with an 8-0 run, getting a quick hoop from Peacock, a Hagger tip-in, another Peacock score and then a putback by Losk to make it 36-16 with 3:44 to go in the period.

Beaverton’s third-quarter lead crested at 43-22 when Alonzo drilled a three-pointer from the right side, and though Melvin answered with a “three” for Centennial, the Eagles got no closer than 17 points in the fourth, the last time at 50-33 when Aniefuna hit a hanging jumpshot in the lane with 4:50 left in the contest.

For the game, Hagger hit 9-of-17 shots from the field, and Losk was 5-of-12 with three three-pointers. As a team, the Beavers went 25-of-62 from the field and 2-of-4 at the foul line while committing 11 turnovers.

For Centennial, Aniefuna hit 7-of-12 shots from the field and 2-of-2 at the line, while Melvin added seven points in the loss. As a team, the Eagles went 18-of-47 from the field, 2-of-2 at the line and turned the ball over 15 times.

In upcoming games, Beaverton plays at Aloha at 7:15 p.m. Friday, then hosts Sunset at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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