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Westview's boys win 57-42 to secure the Metro's last state berth

ROCK CREEK — The Westview boys basketball team was ready to defend.

Ready to defend its home court.

Ready to defend its hold on third place in the Metro League.

And just flat ready to play tough defense against Beaverton on Tuesday night at Westview High School.by: MILES VANCE - HE SCORES - Westview senior Dyrall Goods leaps past Beaverton senior Joey Losk to score during his team's Tuesday home win.

The Wildcats did all of that Tuesday, forcing 15 Beaverton turnovers and holding the Beavers to 36 percent shooting from the field en route to their 57-42 victory. The win lifted Westview’s final Metro record to 6-4 (13-10 overall) and gave them the league’s third automatic berth to the Class 6A state playoffs, which begin on Tuesday.

“That’s what we wanted — we wanted to be the aggressor and have them feel the pressure from the start and that’s what we did,” said Westview senior guard Dyrall Goods, who led all scorers with 21 points. “We didn’t want them at any point to feel comfortable and I think that’s what happened.”

“That was the game plan, pressure, pressure, pressure, because they’ll make turnovers if you get up and pressure them,” added Westview senior guard Isiah Denson, who added 10 points and four steals. “If you get them playing fast, they’ll never get into the offense and score.”

The Beavers, meanwhile, fell to 4-6 in Metro play (16-7 overall) and a tie for fourth place with Sunset. The Beavers, 20th-ranked by the OSAA, will host a 6A Play-In game on Friday; with a win there, Beaverton would advance to Tuesday’s first round of the state playoffs.

“We just ned to work hard and take what we did bad tonight and learn from it,” said Beaverton junior guard Martin Tannler, who had 12 points in the loss. But “we’re confident. We know we’re talented enough.”

The Wildcats started fast Tuesday night, getting five points each from Alex Carrick and Goods in the first five minutes, with Goods’ three-pointer from the right wing giving Westview a 12-2 lead with 2 minutes, 45 seconds to go in the opening quarter.

But Beaverton responded at the end of the first quarter and start of the second, with Joey Losk knocking down one three-pointer late in the first and another at the start of the second, and teammate Davasyia Hagger scoring on the fast break to help their team close within 14-11 with 6:25 left in the first half.

The Beavers were still down just 23-18 at the half, thanks to a late three-point play by Hagger, but the Wildcats took over in the third quarter and built a 12-point lead when Trent Glasgow rebounded a Goods miss and scored in the air to make it 38-26 with 46 seconds left in the period.

Goods did most of the rest of the damage in the frame, hitting four straight foul shots, a hanging jumpshot from the left side of the key, and a three-pointer set up by Julius Rucker to score nine points in the quarter.

Beaverton tried to rally one more time, closing the third period with a three-point play by Hakeem Bradley and opening the fourth with a Tannler jumpshot to pull within 38-31, but the Beavers would get no closer.

Westview tacked on an 8-0 run that stretched its lead to 46-31, extended that margin to as many as 18 points and never led by fewer than 13 the rest of the way.

Now, the Wildcats hope to carry their momentum in the state playoffs.

“That’s the biggest thing we talked about was going into the playoffs with momentum, get a streak going,” Goods said. “It’s only two more games to get to the Rose Garden. Let’s get this streak going and be ready for whoever we play on Tuesday.”

“We just wanted to get this win, end the regular season well, get our confidence going into the playoffs and get the team chemistry high and take it on to the Rose Garden,” Denson added. “We’re going to compete with every team — we’re not going to back down from anyone.”

Hagger led Beaverton with 16 points and Losk added eight in the loss. Carrick tacked on 12 for the Wildcats.

As a team, Beaverton turned the ball over 15 times in the game, while the Wildcats committed just 12 turnovers in the contest.

To see a complete photo gallery from this game, please go to milesvance.exposuremanager.com.

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