Second chance is name of the game
Prep Basketball • Madison, Roosevelt face key rematches en route to Eugene
Rematches are in order tonight for both Madison and Roosevelt, two of the three PIL 5A playoff teams that need one win to earn a spot in the boys state tournament at McArthur Court.
Madison travels to Thurston to face University of Oregon-bound Drew Wiley and the Colts. Wiley scored 27 points in December, when Thurston outscored the Senators 19-6 in the fourth quarter and won at Madison 56-52.
Roosevelt travels to Century, which features bruiser Charles Tapscott. He had 28 points and 14 rebounds in a 71-54 home victory over the Roughriders in December.
The 6-7 Wiley is averaging about 20 points per game, the 6-5 Tapscott about 24.
'Wiley can do a little bit of everything,' Madison coach Chuck Matthews says. 'He can post up, has NBA range and makes good decisions. And they're a very good team.'
Tapscott 'goes inside or outside, and he's an offensive rebounding machine,' Roosevelt coach Robert Key says.
If Madison and Roosevelt win, they will meet in the quarterfinals at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in Eugene.
• PIL 5A champion Jefferson also has an intriguing matchup tonight, playing host to Wilsonville with a trip to the state tourney on the line. The Wolverines have won 11 in a row and are coached by Chris Roche, who led them to a 3A state title in 2005 and is the son of coaching legend John Roche.
The Demos have lost only once this year, however - to the No. 1-ranked 6A team, Oregon City - and appear on track to meet the No. 1-rated 5A team, North Eugene, in Wednesday's 8:15 p.m. quarterfinal.
• Madison earned second in the PIL with its 7-5 record; Roosevelt was 5-7. The Senators went 0-3 against Jeff but was 3-0 versus Marshall and 2-1 against Roosevelt and Madison.
'We finished the last month pretty strong,' says coach Chuck Matthews, whose Senators are 7-2 in their last nine games, with both losses to Jefferson.
Seniors Sean Gaines (6-6) and Anthony Golden (6-1) have led in scoring and other ways.
'Sean is a traditional, back-to-the-basket guy,' Matthews says, 'and I'm really proud of Anthony for getting his teammates involved and being willing to not take as many shots this year.'
Madison's depth is the best in Golden's four varsity seasons, Matthews says.
'We have 13 guys. Last year, we finished with six players for the last seven games, due to academics and discipline issues,' the coach says. 'With 13, you can accomplish a lot more in practice.'
The other starters are sophomore Javari Harris (5-10), junior Devin Boss (6-2) and senior point guard Manny Mathews (5-7).
Dwayne Lincoln, Steven Littleton, Lamar Hill and C.J. Clark come off the bench, and Coach Matthews commends seniors Hopie White and Jake Lutton and sophomore Mike Huynh, who don't play much 'but are at every practice, work their tails off, really push the other guys and are the first ones off the bench, clapping in the huddle.'
• Roosevelt's five seniors won their final home game as the Riders beat Bend 71-65 on Tuesday in the first round of the playoffs.
'We didn't really want to talk about it, but we wanted to go out with a win,' says lefty Ryan Martinez, who stroked in three key 3-pointers off the bench.
Senior Cameron Jackson had two of his 3s down the stretch as Roosevelt held on. The Riders led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, but Bend made a 14-1 run to pull within 48-47 early in the fourth period. The visiting Lava Bears trailed 68-65 when Jackson sank two free throws with 26 seconds left. Larry Richards added another point with 14 seconds to go.
• The coaches' PIL 5A all-star team: Gaines, Golden, Richards, Roosevelt's Titus Kolokolo, Jefferson's Terrance Ross and Cleveland's Davari Harrison. Gaines and Ross were co-players of the year.
The all-PIL 6A team, chosen by the coaches: Ameer Shamsud din and Jamar Johnson of Benson; Paul McCoy and Mike Moser of Grant; and Mario Gill and Gage Aker of Wilson. Gill was named player of the year.
Coaches of the year: Cleveland's Tom Beatty in 5A and Wilson's Scott Aker in 6A.
• Grant, Wilson and Benson from the PIL rolled into the second round of the 6A boys playoffs with victories Wednesday by 25, 16 and 24 points, respectively.
Saturday, Westview is at Grant, Wilson goes to South Medford and Benson visits Central Catholic, a 23-point winner Wednesday over Putnam. Canby is at top-ranked Oregon City, Sunset plays host to South Eugene, Barlow plays at McNary, Lake Oswego invades Tualatin and Jesuit heads to North Medford.
The state tournament starts with four quarterfinal games Thursday at McArthur Court. If Grant wins Saturday, it would meet Lake Oswego or Tualatin in the first game, at 1:30 p.m. The Central Catholic-Benson winner will face Sunset or South Eugene in the 6:30 p.m. quarterfinal. If Wilson upsets South Medford, it will probably have to face Oregon City, at 8:15 p.m.