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Wilson proves too much for David Douglas

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by: David Ball, Wilson's Gage Aker looks for an opening on the baseline, while David Douglas defender Andre Eddings leaps out to block his path. The Trojans won Wednesday's playoff game 67-51.

David Douglas stayed close in the opening minutes, but never found its groove during a 67-51 playoff loss at Wilson on Wednesday night.

The teams were deadlocked 2-2 midway through the first period after David Douglas guard Michael Ancheta drove through a crowd and hit a layin while crashing to the floor. Unfortunately for the Scots, that proved to be their only field goal in the first 10 minutes of play.

'I looked at the scoreboard and saw that we only had a couple points late in the first quarter, and that just never happens to us,' Wilson senior Gage Aker said. 'We were really pumped up to play this game, but we had to settle things down and work for easy baskets.'

The Trojans started to hit their stride in the final minutes of the period, closing it out on an 11-0 run. Gage capped the spurt when he grabbed a rebound and launched a 3/4-court shot with :01 on the clock. Several teammates raised their arms immediately and proved to be correct when the ball ripped through the net at the far end of the court.

'I saw there was only one second left, so I let it go,' Gage said. 'That was pure luck - I couldn't do it again if I tried.'

Wilson put the game away by hitting 9 of 12 (.750) shots in the second quarter, quickly extending to a 25-3 margin. The Trojans built its biggest lead of the night at 29 points early in the fourth period.

David Douglas gained a glimmer of hope by scoring six points in a matter of seconds on back-to-back treys by Kao Saechao and Jordan Baylis. The flurry cut the margin to 58-44 with 2:32 to play, but the Scots couldn't get any closer.

Scots' center JP Pittman led the team with 19 points.

Wilson travels to Southwest champion South Medford for a second-round game at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8. The winner will move on to the state tournament next week in Eugene.

• In other action involving Mount Hood teams, Barlow raced to an 18-3 first-quarter lead to pick up the night's most lopsided victory 85-38 against Newberg. Jacob Kopra led the Bruins' onslaught with 17 points. The Bruins advance to play at Central Valley champion McNary at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8.

Central Catholic picked up the league's only other win, using 20 points from center Demetrius Guice to cruise past Putnam 67-44.

Grant built a 25-10 first-period lead to beat Gresham 75-50. Jake Boyd scored 18 for the Gophers. Jesuit pulled away in the fourth period to survive a scare from Centennial 56-42. Jacob Shoda led the Eagles with 13 points.