The Pioneers win big at West Linn and at North Salem

Oregon City's boys basketball team last week made it 14 in a row against Oregon opponents, dispatching with cross-river rival West Linn 72-51 on Jan. 15 and upending North Salem 76-39 in a nonleague mismatch on Friday.

The Pioneers put the Lions away in the second quarter, when they outscored them 16-1.

Brad Tinsley (7 points) led five Oregon City players who put points on the scoreboard in the pivotal period.

'West Linn didn't get a lot of shots [in the second quarter],' said Oregon City coach Mike Doherty. 'They were playing very deliberate, but they couldn't make anything.'

Doherty commended his players for their early play:

'We were pretty efficient. We weren't turning the ball over, we were getting good shots and making them, and we were playing pretty good defense.'

Oregon City was up 31-13 at halftime, and the Pioneers widened the gap to 54-30 by the end of the third period.

While the Lions found the mark on only .367 (18-of-49) of their attempted field goals, the Pioneers converted at a .571 clip (32-of-56). And the Pioneers' efficient play was reflected in game statistics. They had 27 assists on their 32 baskets.

Oregon City offensive leaders were: Brad Tinsley (23 points, 7 assists), Kamal Smith (14 points), Bryce Kinney (11 points), Sammy Schafer (8 points, 6 assists) and Ryan Huntting (5 assists).

Tinsley was 10-of-15 from the field; Smith was 6-of-9, and Kinney was 5-of-7.

Doherty had been concerned about West Linn senior guard Justin Monahan and 6-6 posts Spencer Flores and Max Cathcart.

Monahan, who had scored 31 points in a recent game with Lakeridge, scored only 9 points against the Pioneers.

Cathcart and Flores combined for 5 points.

'They're big, physical kids,' said Doherty. 'But Sammy limited their rebounding and scoring at their end of the floor.'

Doherty singled out Smith and Kinney for setting the tone early in the game with their hustle and scrappy play.

'Smith and Kinney came ready to play and they helped get us off to a good start,' said Doherty.

The Pioneers (14-1, 4-0) face a stiff test this Friday, when they meet three-time defending Three Rivers League champion Lake Oswego (12-2, 3-0) at Lake Oswego.

The Lakers are riding a 40-game win string in league that dates back to Jan. 14, 2005, when they lost to Oregon City in a game played at Lake Oswego, 52-49. Laker star post Kevin Love, who graduated last season, sat out that 2005 game because of shin splints.

'They are a very good basketball team,' said Doherty. 'Given what they lost last year, they've done a great job of regrouping. They should be ranked a top-10 team [in the state], along with Clackamas.'

Oregon City was ranked No. 1 and Lake Oswego was ranked ninth in last week's Class 6A poll.

•OC owns the boards

in a colossal mismatch•

Last week's game at North Salem was a colossal mismatch from the start.

The Pioneers went up 25-7 in the first quarter en route to the 76-39 rout.

Oregon City coach Mike Doherty gave 15 players playing time and 10 of them put points on the scoreboard.

Oregon City senior wing Kamal Smith had a phenomenal night, scoring 17 points while going a perfect 4-for-4 on 3-pointers, hauling down 16 rebounds, dishing out four assists and rejecting three shots.

'That's the hardest I've seen Kamal play,' said Doherty. 'He was all over the place.'

Brad Tinsley (22 points) paced the Pioneers in scoring. Tinsley also had 10 assists and four steals.

Oregon City 6-9 post Sammy Schafer scored 13 points, claimed 10 rebounds and had six blocked shots.

Senior wing Bryce Kinney (10 points) hauled down 10 rebounds, as the Pioneers owned the backboards, out-rebounding their hosts 56-31.

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