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OC guys live up to their No. 4 ranking

The Pioneers dispatch with 11th-ranked Aloha and Forest Grove

ALOHA - The fourth-ranked Oregon City Pioneers lived up to their early-season ranking over the weekend, as they buried Forest Grove 82-43 and dropped 11th-ranked Aloha 71-60 to claim first place in a boys basketball tournament hosted by the Warriors.

The Aloha game featured a battle of the front lines, with Oregon City fielding a starting lineup that included 6-9 posts Sam Schafer and Jared Cunningham and Aloha starting 6-8 Ian Logan and 6-9 Michael Boswell.

The battle inside was awash, with Boswell and Logan earning a 29-27 edge in the big-man scoring.

Junior point guard Brad Tinsley came through big-time for the Pioneers, scoring a game-high 29 points and serving up six assists.

The Pioneers took charge of the game in the second period, when they out-scored their hosts 26-13, to build a 45-27 halftime advantage. Cunningham had 10 of his 13 points in the period.

'We were pretty efficient at both ends of the court,' Oregon City coach Mike Doherty said of the second-period run. 'We shot well [8-of-12 from the field] and we played pretty good defense.'

Tinsley and Schafer were both hot from the free throw line in the fourth period, when Aloha defenders were hammering them in an unsuccessful attempt at playing catch-up. They were a combined 12-of-13 from the line for the period and 16-of-18 for the game.

Schafer (14 points) and senior guard Colton Sundquist (13 points) joined Tinsley and Cunningham in double figures in scoring.

'I was pleased,' said Doherty. 'We have a ways to go before we put all of the pieces together. But they played pretty good for having only one returning starter. We've got a lot of talent, and we're going to get better.'

Doherty said that Aloha will likely battle Jesuit and Westview for the title in the Metro League.

The Pioneers face another stiff test this Thursday, when they entertain Mt. Hood Conference power Centennial in an endowment game.

'They're good,' said Doherty. 'They've got a 6-8 post and they've got a guard who's a real good athlete. In my opinion it will be Centennial and Central Catholic playing for the Mt. Hood Conference title.'

The Pioneers had little competition in their rout of Forest Grove in last Friday's opening round game of the Aloha tournament. The Pioneers ran their full-court offense at will and rolled to a 26-9 advantage in the first quarter en route to the 82-43 runaway win.

Cunningham and Tinsley scored 23 and 17 points respectively to lead 11 Oregon City players who put points on the scoreboard. Cunningham was 9-of-12 from the field.

Shafer and Cunningham combined for 16 rebounds to lead the Pioneers to a 33-22 advantage in that department.

Tinsley and Sundquist had five assists apiece; Sundquist came through with six steals.