Cleveland missed its chance to jump back into the PIL title chase in boys basketball last week, and the Warriors missed out in a big way.
In front of a reunion of its 1950s city champion teams, Cleveland led Grant 48-31 early in the third quarter before the Generals stormed back and won in overtime 88-82.
The loss was Cleveland's third in six PIL games and left the Warriors frustrated.
'We led in all three games we lost,' senior guard Andiel Brown said. 'We just haven't been able to finish them off. Our record should definitely be better than it is.'
The Warriors, a playoff long shot at the start of the season, led No. 4 Lincoln 48-45 midway through the fourth quarter of the league opener for both teams but lost 62-53. The Warriors led No. 3 Jefferson 30-18 at halftime, then fell 71-55.
And then there was Thursday's debacle.
Grant trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half and then gave up two 3-point shots to start the second half before dominating one key stat ÑÊoffensive rebounds. The Generals, powered by senior Sam Mowe and junior Donnie Harrison-Davis, had a
16-2 edge in offensive rebounds in the second half and overtime, and those rebounds led to 15 points. Cleveland had a 7-4 edge in that category in the first half.
'We just forgot our technique,' said Brown, who finished with 10 points. 'But that's in the past for us now. We can't dwell on it. We just have to look at the games we've played and learn from them. We have to focus on what we can do to change the games in the future Ñ how to win these close games.'
Cleveland is at Benson on Thursday and at Roosevelt on Friday.
Among this week's other big games: Jefferson at Grant on Thursday, Lincoln at Wilson on Thursday and Jefferson at Wilson on Friday. Wilson needs to win both games to stay in the state playoff race, especially after losing to Madison last week.
In the Mount Hood Conference, Parkrose stumbled Friday in its bid to reach the playoffs, losing to Gresham 68-65. Parkrose, which upset conference co-favorite Barlow 80-78 behind a 33-point effort by senior Kenny Butler last Tuesday, dropped to 1-3 in conference games. But the Broncos are just one game out of third place. Their three losses are by an average of four points.
Parkrose is still far ahead of where it was, having won six games, twice as many as last year. The Broncos are at Centennial on Friday.
Portland Adventist easily won its Northwest League battle with Portland Christian 86-64 on Saturday. The teams meet again Feb. 15 at Portland Adventist.
GIRLS HOOPS: Jefferson begins its crusade to win the PIL title this week with home games against Grant and Wilson on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Jefferson plays at Benson on Jan. 28.
Four players have led Jefferson in scoring in eight league games. Junior Brittney Davis, the team's scoring leader in four games, is averaging 14.5 points per game.
Grant senior Cicely Oaks and Wilson senior Jessie Shetters have led their teams in scoring in all of their league games. Oaks is averaging 26 points per game, Shetters 20.7.
The difference between the top five teams in the PIL and the bottom five was on display Friday as the top five Ñ Wilson, Jeff, Grant, Lincoln and Benson ÑÊplayed at home against the bottom five and won by an average of 36 points.
WRESTLING: David Douglas improved to 4-0 with a 30-20 victory over Reynolds last week to remain the lone unbeaten team in the Mount Hood Conference. Senior Brandon Ely is the Scots' top wrestler. He is ranked No. 3 in the state at 171 pounds. The Scots compete in the Cleveland tournament on Saturday.
Travis Gardner of Parkrose is ranked No. 1 at 215 pounds.
Madison travels to Benson for a battle of PIL unbeatens on Wednesday. Cleveland, also unbeaten, travels to Madison on Jan. 29 and will play host to Benson on Feb. 3.