Tornado fires up from downtown
North Medford dumps Clackamas 85-61 in holiday hoop final
MEDFORD - Clackamas' boys basketball team advanced to the championship final of the Abby's Holiday Classic, held here Dec. 26-28, but the Cavaliers met their match in the final, where they got blown out by North Medford 85-61.
The Black Tornado turned to unconscious shooting from downtown to put the Cavaliers away. They came out blazing from 3-point land and had the game in hand, leading 41-22 at halftime.
Led by junior guard Jordan Ellis and senior wing Danny Berger, the Black Tornado burned the nets with 11-for-18 accuracy from beyond the arc. They were 32-of-52 (67 percent) from the field for the game.
Ellis (21 points) hit five treys; Berger (20 points) cashed in three times from 3-point land.
Senior forwards Jake Mauermann (17 points) and Curtis Papenfuss (11 points) paced the Cavaliers in scoring in the losing effort. Mauermann had four 3-pointers, but his teammates struggled to find the basket.
Clackamas (7-2) advanced to the final through lopsided victories over Red Bluff, Calif. (59-28) and Aloha (67-45). The Cavaliers took charge of both of those games from the outset.
Led by Papenfuss (13 points) and Mauermann (10 points), 10 Clackamas players put points on the scoreboard in the opener with Red Bluff.
Junior guard Andrew Earnest (15 points), Papenfuss (12 points) and Mauermann (10 points) led the charge in the route of Aloha. The Cavaliers were up 40-17 at halftime.
Clackamas was to begin Three Rivers League play on Jan. 8, hosting top-ranked Oregon City (10-1). The Cavaliers are at Milwaukie this Friday.