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Beaverton pulls away late to notch first Metro win

The Beavers use an 8-2 stretch in the fourth to beat Aloha


ALOHA — Metro League boys basketball coaches talk unendingly about how there are “no nights off” in league play. Whether it’s cliched or not, it’s absolutely true.

The Beaverton and Aloha boys basketball teams proved that big-time on Friday night when the Beavers gutted out a tougher-than-it-looked 47-39 win over the Warriors on Jam the Gym night at Aloha High School.by: MILES VANCE - SKY HIGH - Beaverton senior Hakeem Bradley soars past Aloha's Edgar Guerra to score in his team's 47-39 win at Aloha on Friday.

“It’s definitely the biggest game we’ve had thus far,” said Beaverton senior forward Hakeem Bradley, who finished with seven points and four steals in his team’s win. “And just to see their crowd and our crowd out here ... we just needed to step up and get the ‘W.’”

“This is just my second varsity game and it was loud,” added Beaverton junior guard Ty Peacock, who finished with six points. “To be honest, we should have beat Westview, but when we start playing like this, we should start killing.”

The win, along with a 58-56 loss to Sunset on Tuesday, took Beaverton’s Metro record to 1-2 (13-3 overall), while the Warriors lost again to Jesuit on Tuesday, falling 50-30, and saw their league mark fall to 0-3 (5-12 overall).

“We weren’t being patient and getting the looks we wanted,” said Aloha sophomore post Steven Boswell, who finished with a game-high 18 points. “If we would have slowed it down, we would have probably won it.”

“I thought we did really good and we played hard, but toward the end of the game we turned it over a couple of times in crucial moments when we needed to keep the ball,” added Aloha junior guard Nick Christopherson, who finished with two points and three assists in the loss.

Friday’s game featured a back-and-forth, ebb-and-flow that saw the Beavers try to pull away again and again, only to see the Warriors reel them back in each time until Beaverton finally took over in the game’s final six minutes.

The two teams entered the fourth quarter with the Beavers leading 30-27, then traded three-pointers at the start of the period, with Beaverton’s Nick Alonzo knocking down a “three” from the top of the key and Aloha’s Hudson Van Allen answering from the left corner at the other end.

The Beavers and Warriors traded shots once more before Beaverton finally got some space on Aloha, with Peacock scoring on a drive and Boswell responding with two foul shots to make the score 35-32 with six minutes left in the contest.

Beaverton clinched the game in the next 3:50, though, getting a drive down the left baseline by Duncan Cashmer, a foul shot from Joey Losk, a steal and breakaway by Alonzo, and then a Losk “three” from the left corner set up by Peacock that pushed their team’s lead to 43-34 with 2:10 left in the clock.

In that same stretch, Aloha hit just 1-of-4 shots from the floor — getting its lone basket on a drive by Connor Bernett — and turned the ball over once. The Warriors got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

While Boswell led the Warriors with 18 points — he hit 6-of-11 shots from the floor (including two three-pointers) and all four of his free throws — the Beavers said that keeping him in check was key to their win.

“The first thing we tried to do was get the big guy out of the game, psych him out, do whatever we could do to stop him,” Bradley said.

“We just wanted to get the big guy out of the game and keep attacking,” Peacock added.

For the game, Cashmer led the Beavers with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor (including two three-pointers) and a 2-of-2 day at the foul line, while Losk had nine, and Alonzo and Bradley has seven each. The Beavers turned the ball over just nine times, while forcing 14 Aloha TOs.

“I think on the offensive end, it got a little out of control,” Boswell said. Coach “says we just need to play smart and execute our offense. Just play smart and not turn the ball over too much.”

“We’re young and we’ve got to learn to finish games,” Christopherson said after the game. “We just need to calm down in crucial moments. We get going too fast. We need to slow it down and keep our tempo going.”

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