Blue Jays earn split against pair of top-10 foes

BOYS BASKETBALL - No. 7 Knappa turns away Portland Lutheran 69-60
by: John Klicker, Portland Lutheran's Payton Winter goes to the basket for two of his team-high 25 points Tuesday night against Knappa.

Trailing by double digits early in the fourth period, Portland Lutheran never gave up but couldn't quite catch No. 7-ranked Knappa during a 69-60 boys basketball loss Tuesday night.

But the Loggers 58-47 cushion early in the fourth period when Gary Aho sent a cross-court pass toward the basket and Tevan Klauser swooped into the lane, twisted his body to avoid a defender and completed the alley-oop.

'We knew this would be a tough one tonight, but we were able to maintain enough pressure to come out with the win,' Knappa coach Craig Cokley said.

Still, the Blue Jays had one more run in them. Lutheran moved to within four points with 2:01 to play when Payton Winter grabbed an offensive rebound and beat a defender to the basket.

Lutheran was ready to strike again after stealing the inbounds pass, but the Loggers swiped the ball back to end the threat. Knappa put the game out of reach when Klauser converted a three-point play for a 69-58 lead with less than a minute to play.

Winter led the Blue Jays with 25 points, while Stein added 13.

• Lutheran did pull off an upset against No. 6 DeLaSalle over the weekend, beating the Knights 64-63 on a pair of free throws from Abel Araya in the final seconds.

Look for extended Blue Jays' coverage in the Wednesday, Jan. 30, issue of The Outlook.