When the OSAA boys basketball state tournament begins today, the 16 teams still playing for the championship will be looking for that little edge that can take them to a title.
Grant had that edge Thursday when it dueled with Central Catholic in the second round of the state playoffs. The Grant student body showed up en masse, made a bunch of noise and rooted the Generals to an 83-66 victory in the first playoff game for the school in six years.
The Grant players noticed the support.
'Our fans are great to us,' junior Donnie Harrison-Davis said. 'They all told us they were coming to our game during the day and they were going to be really supportive. When they get going with all that noise, we get crunk.'
'That means hyped.'
Unfortunately, Grant's playoff run ended Saturday at Grants Pass in the third round of the state playoffs.
So which teams are crunk for this year's state tournament?
It's hard to gauge because several teams have been idle for a week or so. But the top local hopefuls are Lincoln, Jesuit, Jefferson and Sunset.
No. 2 Lincoln is the champion of the Portland Interscholastic League for the first time in 39 years. The Cardinals will be playing in the tourney for the first time since 1966. Their lone loss to an Oregon school this season was to Jefferson.
No. 3 Jesuit features the three Tarver brothers Ñ Zach, Josh and Seth Ñ and won the high-powered Metro League. But the Crusaders enter the tournament having lost two of their final three league games. The Crusaders are in the tourney for the seventh straight year.
No. 4 Jeff features player of the year candidate Thomas Gardner and is making its sixth straight tourney appearance.
No. 8 Sunset is on a roll, having beaten Benson and Reynolds in the playoffs by an average of 32.5 points. All four Metro League teams qualified for the tournament, the first time the league has accomplished that feat.
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