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Mustangs trample Dogs

It's on to the trophy round

EUGENE - Hungry to prove themselves, and with a trophy on their minds, the Milwaukie Mustangs gained a lot of admirers here Thursday morning, as they led nearly all the way in a 64-39 rout of Woodburn in the consolation semifinals of the Class 5A State High School Boys Basketball Tournament.

The breakfast-bracket game was played at 10:45 a.m., barely 14 hours after the Mustangs had suffered a heartbreaking loss to Northwest Oregon Conference co-champion Wilsonville. But the Mustangs still had plenty of energy left in their tanks.

Determined to right their ship and battle for the right to advance to Saturday's trophy rounds, they dominated the Mid-Willamette Conference Bulldogs most of the way.

The Mustangs shut the Dog offense down with aggressive defensive play at both ends of the floor. And they fired up their own fast-paced offense with crisp passes.

Kenny Spencer put Milwaukie on top for good, at 13-12, when he hit a jumper with two minutes remaining in the opening period.

A short time later, Geoffrey Charapata snagged a defensive rebound and fired an outlet pass to a fast-breaking Spencer for a lay-up that upped the gap to 15-12.

Another jumper by Spencer and a 3-pointer by Keynan Middleton made it 20-12 Milwaukie early in the second period, and the Mustangs where in command.

Milwaukie upped the gap to 34-21 by halftime and to 45-30 in the third period.

It was a total team effort, with Keynan Middleton (19 points), Michone Hopkins (17 points), Kenny Spencer (12 points) and Bobby McVeigh (10 points) all scoring in double figures, and Jordan Delestatious igniting the offense with six assists.

Middleton was 7-of-13 from the field, with two treys.

The Mustangs converted at a 24-of-48 clip for the game, while they held the Bulldogs to .326 shooting (15-of-46).

Spencer (10 rebounds) and Hopkins (8 rebounds) led the Mustangs to a 36-27 advantage on the backboards.

Andy Avgi (16 points), a 6-6 senior post, was the only Woodburn player in double figures in scoring.

With the loss, Woodburn finished with an overall record of 18-9.

The win advanced the Mustangs to a Saturday 5A consolation final with Crescent Valley, the No. 3 team from the Mid-Willamette Conference.