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Portland team 2nd in nation

The Portland Elite United Salad boys basketball team finished second in the national AAU tournament Thursday at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The United Salad team which also included players from Lake Oswego, Carlton, Medford and Seattle won eight of the 10 games it played in the tournament, including two victories per day for three straight days before the final.

Portland lost to an Ohio team, 61-49, in the 14-and-under final, which was played before 3,000 fans.

'It was an amazing tournament for our kids,' said coach Trent Gay, who has coached the United Salad team to the AAU state title for the last four years. 'We really had to fight to get that far. I'm really proud of our guys.'

United Salad had one of the tallest front lines in the field of 170 teams: 6-8 Kevin Love, who is headed to Lake Oswego High; 6-8 Kyle Singler, who is going to South Medford; and 6-5 Emeka Iweka, who is headed to Rainier Beach in Seattle.

Other key players included Pierre Dembo, Herschal Slaughter, Ernie Spada, Alex Gay, Terrell Smith and Jake Williams, all of whom will enter high school next month.

The United Salad team went 70-5 this year.

PIL SPORTS: The installation of lights on the football fields at Cleveland, Marshall and Roosevelt has been shelved until at least next year, and the Portland Interscholastic League football schedule has been revised to include numerous early afternoon games, or games on Saturdays, for those three schools.