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The top-ranked Pioneers hammer Milwaukie 72-35, go unbeaten in league for the first time in decades

OREGON CITY - Oregon City's boys basketball team last week continued on track for possibly the best season in school history.

With a 72-35 trouncing of Milwaukie in last week's Three Rivers League final, the Pioneers finished the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record in league and a 24-1 record on the season.

It's the first time since at least 1989 that an Oregon City High School varsity boys basketball team has gone undefeated in league.

Entering tonight's home playoff game with Southridge (17-7, 5-5), the Pioneers are 23-0 against teams from Oregon. They've been ranked the top team in Oregon since early January.

'We're playing pretty good basketball right now,' said Oregon City coach Mike Doherty. 'And the nice thing is everyone's contributing. We played 15 kids against Milwaukie and they all contributed in some way.'

Oregon City standouts Brad Tinsley and Sammy Schafer headed up the offensive effort in last Thursday's game with Milwaukie, but they were among 11 Oregon City players who put points on the scoreboard.

Milwaukie tried to take the air our of the ball and slow the pace of the game at the start. But the Pioneers rolled to a 17-5 first-quarter advantage, and it was all Oregon City the rest of the way.

Tinsley headed the scoring, tallying 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting - with three 3-pointers.

Schafer battled tough on the inside, scoring 12 points, corralling 16 rebounds, serving up four assists, rejecting four shots, and stealing the ball four times.

Six different Oregon City players hit 3-pointers.

Doherty singled out sophomores Tyler and Trevor Ferguson and Brycen Driver for especially strong play off the bench.

'The younger kids did well,' said Doherty. 'They spent a good deal of the season on the bench. At first they were timid when they got to play. Now they come in and contribute right away.'

Jon Opperud (15 points) and Andre Dickson (13 points) did most of Milwaukie's scoring.

Doherty says that Southridge will be no slouch in tonight's state playoff game.

Five of the Skyhawks' seven losses came against league opponents in an extremely competitive Metro League, and the Hawks upset the Metro League champion Sunset Apollos 61-58 on Feb. 22, avenging an earlier loss in a three-point game.

'They've got a 6-4 post named Kevin Sullivan who's really good,' said Doherty. 'He's averaging 22.3 points a game. And they've got several guys who can hit the 3. They had one game where they hit fifteen 3-pointers, so we're going to have to defend their shooters.'

Doherty said that 6-2 wing Travis Kinane has been the Skyhawks' biggest outside threat.

Gametime tonight is 7 p.m.

With a victory over the Skyhawks, the Pioneers would host the winner of a game between McKay (16-8) and Canby (15-9) on Saturday.

At press-time Monday, gametime for Saturday was still up in the air. A late afternoon gametime was being considered to allow fans to take in both the Class 6A Girls Tournament and the Oregon City boys playoff game.