Clackamas wins at Milwaukie
Papenfuss leads the way in a 45-34 Cavalier victory
MILWAUKIE - After a tough loss to top-ranked Oregon City on Jan. 8, Clackamas' boys basketball team eked out a 45-34 win at Milwaukie on Friday.
Clackamas coach Jeff Bair said that a strong defensive game and sharp free throw shooting down the stretch were keys in the Cavalier win at Milwaukie.
After scoring only six points in the first period, the Cavaliers out-scored the Mustangs 11-5 in the second stanza to go on top.
But the Mustangs remained within striking distance, and it took some sharp free-throw shooting by Curtis Papenfuss down the stretch for the Cavaliers to secure the victory.
Clackamas was nursing only a 32-30 lead heading into the final period.
Bair said he was concerned by his team's lack of focus on offense.
'We got a lot of shots and we didn't make a lot of shots,' he said. 'There was a lack of focus.'
Bair added, 'We've got play with the kind of effort and focus we played with at Oregon City every night, because there's a lot of parity in this league. If you don't show up every night, you're going to get beat.'
The Cavaliers played Oregon City even through three quarters on Jan. 8 in a 47-40 loss.
Papenfuss (15 points) and Andrew Earnest (12 points) were the only Cavaliers to reach double figures in scoring at Milwaukie.
No one from Milwaukie reached double figures. The Mustangs were without their leading scorer, 6-7 post Jon Opperud.
The Cavaliers (8-3, 1-1) host cross-town rival Putnam (7-5, 1-1) on Friday.
'The key will be shutting down their inside game,' Bair said.
Clackamas girls last Friday regrouped from a 59-57 heartbreaker with Oregon City to bury Milwaukie 76-30.
Twelve Clackamas players put points on the scoreboard, led by junior post Joelle Schaffer, freshman post Jen Reese and sophomore forward Alisa Griggs, who scored 10 points apiece.
Haley Lawrence scored 15 points in the losing effort.
Brittney Yates (14 points), Alisa Griggs (13 points) and Becky Buhler (13 points) headed Clackamas' offense in the loss to Oregon City. Buhler was 3-of-6 from 3-point land; Yates hit 2-of-3 3-pointers; Griggs was 5-of-8 from the field, and she hauled down 12 rebounds.
Cameryn Calhoun came through with four assists and three steals.
The Cavaliers (10-3, 2-1) play at Putnam (6-8, 1-2) this Friday.