The PIL and Metro League both had four teams entered in the Les Schwab Invitational boys basketball tournament last week, but the Metro League got the better results from four consecutive days of games.
The Metro teams, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Jesuit and Westview, went 10-6 in their games, and Hillsboro and Jesuit finished second and third. Virginia's Oak Hill Academy won the tournament.
The Portland Interscholastic League teams, Benson, Grant, Jefferson and Lincoln, went 7-9, with Jefferson placing fourth. Jesuit beat Benson 73-67 in the first round, and Jefferson 75-67 in overtime in the third-place game. Hillsboro beat Lincoln 67-61 in the first round in the other head-to-head game between the leagues.
• Grant senior Dominic Waters had an outstanding tournament, averaging 30 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 81 percent from the line.
Grant coach Tony Broadous says that helped jump-start the recruiting process for Waters, a 6-2 guard. One school looking seriously at Waters had been Yale, but Broadous says Yale's coaches had some demands for entry into the school, namely that he score 1,400 of 1,600 on the SAT.
Waters might have scrubbed Yale after his tournament opener, a 46-point performance against Maryland power Montrose Christian in which he hit 14 of 19 shots from the floor and 11 of 12 free throws.
'I don't think he's going to Yale,' Broadous says. 'He's going somewhere a lot better (in basketball) than Yale after that game.'
• Benson standout Jeremy Lathan is considering attending Minnesota, he says, partly because that school has been so loyal to him.
'They offered me a scholarship back when I was a sophomore,' says Lathan, a 5-9 guard. 'I'm looking at their roster to see who might leave because I would like to play as a freshman, but that means a lot to me.'
Lathan also says playing in the Big 10 means a lot to him.
The Techmen went 2-2 in the invitational and are still working out some kinks in the roster.
'We're very inexperienced, especially with each other,' says Lathan of his teammates, two of whom are transfers. 'But I think we're getting together. We're going to be a team to watch.'
• Former Lincoln standout Neal Zumwalt, who led the Cardinals to the PIL boys basketball title in 2003 and was the Trib's player of the year, is performing well at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. Zumwalt has yet to start a game for the Plainsmen (11-3) this season, but he is a regular contributor, leading the team with 21 points in its last game on Dec. 10.
Zumwalt significantly improved his 3-point shooting from last season and is hitting 62 percent of his attempts, a figure that might earn him a spot at a four-year school.
• Oregon City's girls basketball team spent part of the holiday break in Delaware at an eight-team tournament, in which the Pioneers went 1-2.
Oregon City also played a tournament in San Antonio, Texas, in December. They went 4-4 overall in the two tourneys.
The Pioneers are 6-4 overall this season heading into games with West Linn and Milwaukie this week.
Oregon City plays Lakeridge and Lake Oswego, which dueled in the final of the Nike Interstate Shootout last week, on Jan. 11 and Jan. 14, respectively.
• Oregon City's girls hoop program again is making plans to expand its End of the Oregon Trail summer tournament, running a tournament as well in Memphis, Tenn., something it did last summer, says tournament organizer Carl Tinsley.
Tinsley says the Pios coaches will run the Oregon City tourney July 5 through July 8, then head for Memphis for that tourney July 13 through July 16. The tournaments are for players with eligibility still remaining.
Ñ Cliff Pfenning